Comments from Teachers
1. A teacher in Kansas said: "They hear someone's
voice besides mine!".
(Sixty people are included in the scenes, each with different intonations.)
2. "I can always tell what unit the other classes are working on by
the songs I hear floating down the hall." (Banning-Carson Night School for
Adults in Los Angeles, CA.)
3. "For the first time in six months I saw evidence of motivation.
My students were excited by the map concept. They asked if I knew all the fifty states and
challenged me to write them on the board. They looked at the map when they came into the
room although they'd had it available for months before. They reported discussions with
persons not in the class -- people who did not know geography! They wanted to learn all
the states in Mexico as well. The class came alive!" (American Language
institute at the University of Southern California.)
4. "The section telling time is a math lesson
suitable for those who cannot tell time." (Cucamonga Elementary, CA.)
5. "The video tapes are marvelous
and the kids enjoy them very much." (Bright Light Center in Santa Ana)
6. An aphasic student at the Le Conte Junior High in
Hollywood, CA, watching the program learned to speak the vocabulary. This was reported to
TESOL convention in Miami by a district administrator. On the basis of the above
experience the State of California Dept of Development Services (Special Education)
purchased several sets for their Media Center.
7. Adult teachers who teach at several facilities want the program
wherever they teach. One teacher in a district had the Teacher's Guide at her summer
school site -- she decided that she wants it at every location at which she
8. "The program is very valuable in high schools where transiency
is the situation." (Hollywood High, CA)
9. "The teachers simply love STAGE ONE. They appreciate the
detailed plans in the Teacher's Guide. There are not many opportunities for learning how
to teach ESL in Kansas as you have in California, so these detail plans are truly
appreciated." (Garden City, Kansas).
10. "You can listen to people
speaking English properly." (Salvador Landa, ESL volunteer, Catholic Social
11. "This is language the way it comes at you!"
(Modesto, CA} STAGE ONE approximates the types of language a child hears in the formative
years -- single words ("child-talk") and sentences ("adult-talk").
12. "If Jane Fonda can use video to tone muscles, why not
use it to tone the mind . . . . . . making the process educational and enjoyable?" ("English
as a Video Language", Modern Maturity, June/July 1987) Peggy says, "It's
interesting for the students, because they're not just learning words, they're learning
content. It gives them confidence, which you have to have to learn a language."
13. Students at language school in Taegu,Korea, asked
for dental floss instead of their favorite treat . . .Gummi Worms, after viewing the
dental health segment.
The number of countries using Stage One continues to grow:
Thailand China Taiwan Italy
Russia Brazil Columbia
Israel Japan Ecuador