Book Evaluation: My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
1. Goal of the course
Helping students learn vocabulary about animals, feelings and emotions. Also use those vocabularies well in the daily life.
2. Background of the students
- age: preschool, kindergarten, and elementary (1-3 grade) students
- native language and culture: Chinese and Taiwan’s culture
- educational background: beginner
- motivation or purpose for learning English: love English and learn the second language
Theory of language
4. Language skills
Students can use those vocabularies to create sentences or short stories and it help students train writing skill. Also, students will read other people’s sentences or stories to help they train the reading skills. In addition, students will say their own sentences and stories; therefore, they can train their listening and speaking skill.
5. Quality of practice material
Teachers can design many exercises or games based on this book. For example, teachers can design the role play, cloze and puzzle. Those exercise helps students memorize those words and learn how to use those words correctly.
This book is sequence by situations.
This book gives 60 different words about animals, feelings and emotions for students and those words can be useful in the daily life or write the diary. Also, students can learn 20 colors of background; it helps students learn different colors.
This book is very attractive because the pictures and colors. All of these 20 animals are made of heart shapes. Each page consists of a short sentence and an animal; therefore, it is clean that help students read the sentence and see the picture. The layout is comfortable. Also, this book is big enough for every student sees the pictures.
9. Accompanying materials
Teachers and use posters and flash cards for exercises’ materials and games.
10. Teacher’s guide
This book is suitable for nonnative-speaking teachers.