Introductory Lesson is designed to start the student on a journey of Bible
reading. It is to be sent to all student names whether a
student or another setting. The
teacher's name and address is made available in this mailing.
Establishing an early student-teacher relationship is important to assure
student success in English and continued Bible study.
This same lesson is to be used in registering students
Spanish speaking students, in
Short-Term-Missions, and when
beginning WEI Basic lessons in your
The printed Introductory Lesson is written for
students who have studied English at least three years (read at the 4th
grade level). The Introductory
Lesson contains vocabulary and grammar studies, reading assignments quoted
from the ETR Bible, and a test section that is to be returned to the
teacher for grading. The lesson will challenge the student to begin
his/her study with WEI teachers. It is very presentable and will make a
good impression. The printed (15 cents) Introductory Lesson is a folded
six page study sheet that can be mailed without an envelope. We
recommend that you send them as Airmail Printed Matter. The Post
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Actual Size = 3 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches
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use the purchased printed copy for best quality. You are encouraged to use
this resource if it is preferred. Complete copies of the basic and
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Welcome to World English Institute. WEI is a correspondence school that
teaches English through the mail and on the Internet. WEI teachers are Christian men and women
who live in the United States, Canada, and other English-speaking nations.
WEI reaches out to countries all over the world where people are learning
English as a second language.
The WEI Introductory Lesson begins on page two. Please read the lesson
carefully. Complete the Answer Sheet and return it to the address shown at
the bottom of page six. You will then receive a reply from your teacher,
along with Book One of the WEI English course, Book One of the
Easy-to-Read Bible Course, and a cassette tape. We look forward to hearing
from you soon.
---World English Institute
The Introductory English Lesson
The WEI course is written for students who have studied English at least
three years. The vocabulary and grammar studies range from late Elementary
to Early Intermediate levels. Beginners may find the course difficult.
Advanced students will find it easy. We hope that students on every level
will find it interesting and helpful.
In order to understand American English, a person must learn why
Americans think as they do. From the beginning, American culture has been
influenced by the Bible. Coins are stamped with the sentence, "In God we
trust." The pledge of allegiance includes the phrase, "One Nation
God." To understand American culture, a person must know something about
the Bible, the Word of God. Therefore, WEI has used stories from the
Easy-to-Read Version of the Bible to illustrate points of English grammar.
English grammar is the correct use of English words in sentences. It is
the art of using the English language to express thoughts clearly and
effectively. By studying grammar, we learn to connect words so that other
people can understand what we say.
English grammar has two main divisions: (1) The Parts of Speech,
and (2) The Sentence.
The Parts of Speech
All words in the English language may be divided into
eight main groups or "parts of speech": nouns, pronouns, adjectives,
verbs, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections.
1. A noun is a word that names a person, place, thing,
condition, feeling or event. There are (a) common nouns and (b) proper
a. A common noun names any of a class of persons, places,
things, conditions, feelings, or events. Examples: boy, girl, city, state,
country, mountain, river, love, joy, peace. A common noun never begins
with a capital letter except at the beginning of a sentence or when used
with a proper noun. Examples: Snake River, Lincoln Middle School.
b. A proper noun is the official
name of a person, place, or thing. Examples: David, Mary, Dallas,
Texas, Egypt, Everest, and Amazon. A proper noun always begins with a
2. A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun. Examples:
I, you, he, she, it, we, they, them, this, that, these, those, who, which,
what. "I love you."
3. An adjective is a word that describes or limits a noun or a
pronoun. Examples: a, an, the, one, my, our, your, her, his, its, their,
red, big, good, evil, tall, short. "Her mother is a good
4. A verb is a word that expresses action or state of being.
Examples of action verbs: run, walk, fly, teach, learn, eat,
sleep, work. "They walk to school." State of being verbs: be, is,
am, are, feel, appear, sound, seem. "They are tall."
5. An adverb is a word that describes or limits a verb, an
adjective, or another adverb. Examples: today, now, tomorrow, soon, here,
there, everywhere, quickly, beautifully, carefully, well, barely, nearly,
completely. "They walk quickly."
6. A preposition is a word that shows the relationship between a
word that comes before it, and a noun or pronoun that follows it.
Examples: in, at, by, near, to, from, into, before, after, during, until,
like. "John ran to school."
7. A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, or
clauses to one another. Examples: and, but, yet. "The son was hungry
and needed money." The conjunction "and" links the first part
of the sentence with the second part.
8. An interjection is a word, or group of words, used to express
sudden and strong feeling. Examples: Ah! Oh! Wow! Oh no! "Oh! How I
want to go home!"
By learning the eight parts of speech and their meanings, you have
taken a big step toward mastering the English language.
Now let us look briefly at the second major division of
English grammar-The Sentence.
A sentence is a group of words joined together to express a
complete thought. Every sentence is made up of two main parts: (1)
the subject, and (2) the predicate.
1. The subject is the part of the sentence that tells who or
what the sentence is about. For example, "God is love." In this sentence,
"God" is the subject. He is the person being discussed.
2. The predicate is the part of the sentence that tells what the
subject is or does. The predicate always includes a verb. In the sentence
above, "is love" is the predicate. That is what is said about God.
Types of Sentences
Sentences are divided into four classes according to
the way they express a thought: (1) declarative, (2) interrogative, (3)
imperative, and (4) exclamatory.
1. A declarative sentence makes a statement about something and
ends with a period (.). Example: "A man had two sons."
2. An interrogative sentence asks a question and ends with a
question mark (?). Example: "What does all this mean?"
3. An imperative sentence makes a request or gives a
command, and ends with a period or an exclamation point (!). Examples:
"Hurry!" "Bring our fat calf." In imperative sentences, "you" is
understood: (You) bring our fat calf."
4. An exclamatory sentence says something with force and emotion
and ends with an exclamation point (!). Example: "Now we can have a
Now read the story of the son who left home. This is
the world’s most famous short story. It is found in the fifteenth chapter
of the gospel of Luke, verses eleven through thirty-two (Luke 15:11-32).
It is quoted from the Easy-to-Read Version of the Bible. After you read
the story, please answer the questions on the Answer Sheet.
Story of the Son Who Left Home
Jesus said, "A man had two sons. The younger son said
to his father, ‘Give me my part of all the things we own!’
"So the father divided the wealth with his two sons. Then the younger
son gathered up all that he had and left. He traveled far away to another
country. There the son wasted his money like a fool. He spent everything
that he had.
"Soon after that, the land became very dry, and there was no rain.
There was not enough food to eat anywhere in the country. The son was
hungry and needed money. So he went and got a job with one of the people
of that country. The man sent the son into the fields to feed pigs. The
son was so hungry that he wanted to eat the food that the pigs were
eating. But no person gave him anything.
"The boy realized that he had been very foolish. He thought, ‘All of my
father’s servants have plenty of food, but I am here, almost dead because
I have nothing to eat. I will leave and go to my father. I will say to
him: ‘Father, I have sinned against God and have done wrong to you. I am
not good enough to be called your son. But let me be like one of your
"While the son was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. The
father felt sorry for his son. So the father ran to him. He hugged and
kissed his son. The son said, ‘Father, I have sinned against God and have
done wrong to you. I am not good enough to be called your son.
"But the father said to his servants, ‘Hurry! Bring the best clothes
and dress him. Also put a ring on his finger and good shoes on his feet.
Bring the fat calf. We will kill it and have plenty to eat. Then we can
have a party! My son was dead, but now he is alive again! He was lost, but
now he is found!’ So they began to have a party"
"The older son was in the field. He came closer to the house. He heard
the sound of music and dancing. So the older son called to one of the
servant boys and asked, ‘What does all this mean?’
"The servant said, ‘Your brother has come back. Your father killed the
fat calf to eat. Your father is happy because your brother came home
"The older son was angry and would not go in to the party. So his
father went out to ask him to come in. The son said to his father, ‘I have
served you like a slave for many years! I have always obeyed your
commands. But you never even killed a goat for me. You never gave a party
for me and my friends.
But your other son has wasted all your money on prostitutes. Then he
comes home, and you kill the fat calf for him!’
"But the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me. All that I
have is yours too. We must be happy and have a party, because your brother
was dead, but now he is alive. He was lost, but now he is found."’
This famous story teaches us some important lessons
about God and about ourselves.
1. People seek happiness in the wrong places. The younger son
thought happiness was getting away from his father’s control and being
free to have fun. In the end, he was miserable because he was looking for
happiness in the wrong places.
People in today’s world are making the same mistake. They are seeking
happiness in money, drugs, alcohol, sex, thrills, education, power, fame,
beauty. But selfish living does not lead to joy. It leads to suffering and
2. God loves us and does not want us to be ruined by evil. The
younger son represents any person who turns away from God to seek fame,
fortune, and pleasure. The father in the story represents God.
When the younger son returned home, the father ran to meet him, hugged
him, and kissed him tenderly. That means that God loves us. When we turn
away from evil and come to God, he forgives us, welcomes us, and restores
our dignity and honor.
Comment: In this Introductory Lesson, we
have learned something about English, about ourselves, and about God. We
sincerely hope you have enjoyed the study.
(Please Print Clearly)
Student #: __________________________________________________
Province/State: (where you are living now) __________________________
Postal Code: _______________Country: __________________________
Religious Affiliation: ___________________________________________
Age: _________________ Sex:____________________
Marital Status: __________________________________
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(If in school, put "Student.")
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I. Multiple Choice Questions
Please read the following questions and write the correct answer in the
blank spaces.(The answers are
in the story above.)
Example: The father in the story had (a)
1. The younger son left home and _______ his money.
2. When the younger son realized that he had been very foolish, he
decided to ____________.
(a) get drunk
(b) kill himself
(c) go home to his father
3. When the father saw his younger son coming, he _______ him.
(a) turned his back on
(b) yelled at
(c) ran to meet
4. When the older son heard the sound of music and found out that his
younger brother had come home, he was very ________.
5. The father in the story represents __________.
(b) any king
(c) any earthly father
II. True-False Questions
Read the following questions and draw a circle around
the "T" if the sentence is true, and around the "F" if it is false.
Example: T F The older son
in this story left home.
1. T F When the younger son became hungry,
his friends took him in and fed him.
2. T F The younger son became so hungry
that the pigs’ food looked good to him.
3. T F The younger son felt that he was
not good enough to be called the son of his father, so he decided not to
4.T F The father was angry with his
younger son and felt like punishing him for leaving home and wasting
5. T F The father loved both of his sons
even when they said and did things that were wrong.
Match the words on the left with their "parts of speech" on the right by
writing the correct letter in the blank space.
2. ____ two
3. ____ sons
4. ____ he
5. ____ said
6. ____ to
7. ____ and
8. ____ then
|a. common noun
b. proper noun
IV. Vocabulary Quiz
Fill in the blanks below by choosing the correct words
from the following list: subject, predicate, declarative,
imperative, interrogative, exclamatory.
1. The younger son said, "Give
me my part of all the things we own!" This request is an _______________
2. "The son was hungry and needed money. This is an example of a
3. "The boy realized that he had been very foolish." "Boy" is the
4. "The father felt sorry for his son." In this sentence, "felt sorry
for his son" is the ________________.
5.In his excitement, the father said to his servants, "Then we can have
a party!" This is an example of an _____________ sentence.
6. The older son asked, "What does all this mean?" This question is an
V. Thought Questions
Please think about the following questions and write
your thoughts in the blank spaces.
1. Why did the younger son ask for his part of the family wealth, then
2.Why did the older brother become angry when he heard the sound of
music and learned about the party?
3. Now, read the story again and think of God as the father. What does
the story teach us about God? What do we learn about ourselves?
Upon completing this WEI Introductory Lesson, please
tear off the Answer Sheet and mail it to the address below. God bless you.