Billy Bot – Stories for Super Citizens is an all-new English primary coursebook based on a methodology that guides children to progressively acquire the new language through many different activities and approaches. Storytelling plays a central role in this new project. Right from the beginning, in level 1, there are many stories, both traditional and brand new, written and adapted to be loved by children and to help them grow as Super Citizens, as values and emotions are among the main features in the stories.
The background story involves children in a fun and motivating story: the characters grow up during the five years of primary school, just as pupils do: this will keep the children’s attention focused on the story. The characters in the dialogues at the beginning of the unit and in the stories at the end of each unit face everyday problems that introduce important themes such as the Global Goals and the UN Agenda 2030, citizenship, dealing with emotions, values and more.
The methodology based on Visual English is a brand new feature: all the language introduced is shown in coloured blocks so that children can become familiar with the process of sentence building in English even before beginning to study grammar. This will help children visualize the language and the structures, making it easier for them to remember the new language.
One word we like to use when describing this new project is HAPPY: it’s a HAPPY BOOK! It’s happy because it’s colourful, it’s engaging and fun for the children to use; it’s full of wonderful illustrations and, starting from level 3, we have introduced more photographs, to bring the outside world closer to the children. But that’s not all: Billy Bot – Stories for Super Citizens also provides many fun and happy songs to sing along to. And there are rhymes, chants and listening exercises that will enhance the children’s pronunciation skills, not to mention the many videos that accompany each unit. These include: a lexis slideshow for each opening spread, an animated version of the dialogues, a Visual English video, not to mention a selection of civiltà videos.
What else? Besides the main features, there are also many new and wonderful extra materials for teachers and students.