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At first, young children learn English (as a foreign language) by listening. This process is not limited to a foreign language, but also to the
childfs mother tongue. This point in the language learning process is called the ginput stageh. This first contact with language begins as a newborn
baby, or possibly even while the child is still in the womb. The input stage is a one-way process of listening and memorising, but once a child develops
beyond this, the goutput stageh begins. During this stage, language that the child remembers from the input stage is gradually, little by little, spoken
out loud.

When a child who can already speak his or her native language studies a foreign language, there is a tendancy to glisten and repeath the words that are
heard, at which point ginputh and goutputh are happening concurrently.

It is thought that a child can advance fastest in foreign language learning during these early years of the input and output stages.
Once a child has mastered listening and speaking, it is time for the next step, reading. A child with good memory skills can easily memorise an entire picture book,
and greadh the story aloud. However, this is not greadingh in the true sense of the word; it is just gspeakingh. Simple words that a child sees frequently
and hears being said can, to a certain extent, be memorised and greadh by sight. Unfortunately, there is a limit as to how many words most of us can remember
simply by sight. For this reason, words are made up of a limited number of letters, which with the aid of some rules, can be analysed and pronounced as words.
This analysis of letters and their sounds, which allows even unfamiliar words to be correctly pronounced when seen for the first time, is known as gphonicsh .
In English, there are 44 phonetic sounds, which are comprised of the 26 individual letter sounds, plus another 18 sounds which are made by combinations of letters.
Learning the rules behind these 44 phonetic sounds, though, is boring at best for adults, and probably even more so for children.For this reason, the
Follifoot Farm reading series has been designed with attractive and cute illustrations, and fun stories, to maintain childrenfs interest while they slowly but
surely absorb and learn the basic rules of phonics, enjoying themselves at the same time!


The Follifoot Farm series is used in many British primary schools to develop the reading skills of children (please see gAbout the Authorhfor more details.j

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1. Follifoot Farm has a wide range of lower level readers, making it ideal for Japanese young learners

Rather than teaching lots of new things all at once, Follifoot Farm adopts a gslowly by surelyh approach, making it easy for students to gain well-developed
skills. Compared with native English-speakers, Japanese children may have to overcome many learning hurdles when using readers written for native speakers.
It is not uncommon to hear stories of ventures into phonics ending in frustration when the level being read is too hard for the childfs ability, and the child
has difficulty finishing a book. Follifoot Farm, with its range of lower level readers (perfect for Japanese children learning English as their second language),
endeavours to bring children a true sense of satisfaction by being able to read a whole book from cover to cover.


2.The first 14 readers are written only in lower-case letters-removing another obstacle to reading

The English alphabet is made up of two kinds of character ? upper-case and lower-case letters. Whilst they are both pronounced in the same way, a child has to
learn not just 26 letters, but actually 52 different symbols, making the job of learning to read twice as difficult. To ease this burden, and instill early reading
confidence in a child, Follifoot Farmfs first 14 books are written solely in lower-case letters.
Slow and steady wins the race! Upper-case letters are introduced later on, once the child has mastered the basics of enjoyable reading.
As a child progresses through the Follifoot Farm reading series, all 44 phonetic rules are learned, practiced and mastered, little by little. The introductory
stages are kept deliberately easy to read, to minimise the risk of a child taking a dislike to reading, and provide a solid foundation for higher level rules and reading.


3.The main characters are cute animals and the stories are fun!

Follifoot Farm readers are beautifully illustrated with the main animal characters taking center stage. The content of the stories themselves are fun ? as children
allow themselves to be absorbed into this imaginary world, they find themselves learning and gaining in confidence without even realising it!


4.Levelled packs at affordable prices

Follifoot Farm readers are sold in packs of 5 to 16 books, ranging in price from 1995 to 6384 yen. There is no need to make a large financial outlay to get started!

Packs are arranged by level, please click here to view the level chart.
Most of the readers are self-contained, individual stories. There are also
Special Discount Packs available, allowing larger quantities of books to be purchased at a
discounted price, and giving parents and teachers the flexibility to be in charge of both learning and budget.

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