Introductory Lesson



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    WELCOME!   The 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 postal mail 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 for Spanish speaking students, in Short-Term-Missions, and when beginning WEI Basic lessons in your LIFE groups.

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 Office allows this even if it contains a letter. International airmail cost is approximately >=60 cents.

Actual Size = 3 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches
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  Permission:    You are permitted by WEI to copy the Introductory Lesson. We recommend you 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 advanced lessons are not available on the web for copy due to a need
for a student-teacher relationship and due to copyright laws. To registered teachers, copies of the WEI lessons can be obtained in e-mail format.


Dear Student:

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 Under 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 nouns.

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 capital letter.

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 woman."

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.

The Sentence
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 party!"

Your Assignment
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 servants.’

"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 safely!’

"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 shame.

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.


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Student #: __________________________________________________

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City: _______________________________________________________

Province/State: (where you are living now) __________________________

Postal Code: _______________Country: __________________________

Religious Affiliation: ___________________________________________

Age: _________________ Sex:____________________

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(If in school, put "Student.")

Languages/Dialects you speak: __________________________________

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)    sons.
(a) two
(b) three
(c) ten

1. The younger son left home and _______ his money.
(a) invested
(b) saved
(c) wasted

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 ________.
(a) happy
(b) angry
(c) sad

5. The father in the story represents __________.
(a) God
(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 go home.

4.T F The father was angry with his younger son and felt like punishing him for leaving home and wasting money.

5. T F The father loved both of his sons even when they said and did things that were wrong.

III. Matching
Match the words on the left with their "parts of speech" on the right by writing the correct letter in the blank space.

    1.    b   Jesus
2. ____ two
3. ____ sons
4. ____ he
5. ____ said
6. ____ to
7. ____ and
8. ____ then
a. common noun
b. proper noun
c. pronoun
d. adjective
e. verb
f. adverb
g. preposition
h. conjunction
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 _______________ sentence.

2. "The son was hungry and needed money. This is an example of a ____________________ sentence.

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 _________________ sentence.

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 leave home?





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?







Final Instructions:

Upon completing this WEI Introductory Lesson, please tear off the Answer Sheet and mail it to the address below. God bless you.


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