Welcome to Our World

Language(s): American English, British English

Level(s): Pre-A1


Welcome to Our World is a three-level pre-primary series that uses traditional children's songs from around the world, with National Geographic photos and content, to introduce very young learners to the world of English.

  • Children learn English through music and rhythm, with songs sung by young learners around the world.
  • Games and activities reinforce new language and concepts and make learning English fun.
  • Beautiful photos from National Geographic capture the imagination of very young learners.
  • The Professional Development Program helps teachers use the songs and games effectively and gain more confidence in the very young learner classroom.

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Jill Korey O'Sullivan

Jill Korey O'Sullivan has worked in the fields of English as a second language and literacy acquisition as a teacher, writer, and editor. She has taught and developed materials for students of a broad... more

Joan Kang Shin

Dr. Joan Kang Shin is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University and the Academic Program Coordinator of the Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners (TC... more
Series Editors

Dr. Joan Kang Shin

Dr. Joan Kang Shin is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University and the Academic Program Coordinator of the Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners (TC... more

Dr. JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall

Dr. JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall is Professor Emerita and former Director of the Language, Literacy and Culture Ph.D. Program, and Co-Director of the MA TESO... more
Welcome to Our World includes easy-to-use technology to make it fun and simple to support, reinforce, and build on the learning done in the classroom.

The Interactive Whiteboard DVD (available for British English only) for each level integrates all the Welcome to Our World resources, including video, songs, games, and language presentation, making it easy to bring the classroom to life!

myNGconnect, an online companion site for teachers and parents, provides easy access to:

  • Student and Teacher Video
  • Student Book and Activity Book
  • Professional Development Video
  • Assessment Resources
  • And more!
Traditional Children Songs

Welcome to Our World introduces very young learners to traditional children’s songs from around the world, teaching them English through music, rhythm, and motion.

Each song is performed and taught by a video host, as well as sung by very young learners in real classrooms for international exposure, and supports the language and concepts introduced in the Student Books.

To help teachers use the songs confidently in their classrooms, Teacher Video is provided, hosted by Dr. Joan Kang Shin, with step-by-step instructions for teaching each song to their young learners.

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Real-World Content

Welcome to Our World uses beautiful photography, songs, and games to capture the imaginations of very oung learners, expose them to the world they live in, and introduce them to the English Language.

Each level of Welcome to Our World includes:

  • Traditional songs from around the world
  • Vocabulary presentation and review
  • Age-appropriate content and topics
  • Opportunities to hear and repeat target language
  • Engaging games and activities
  • Classroom video for each lesson
Professional Development

To ensure teachers are fully supported in their young learner classrooms, a Professional Development Program is inlcuded online and on DVD, with best practices for teaching English using songs and games.

Hosted and developed by Dr. Joan Kang Shin, the videos include:

  • Using songs with very young learners
  • Adapting songs to different cultures
  • Keeping students’ attention
  • Making and using puppets
  • Additional songs for classroom management

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Young Learners and Teens 2020

Bringing the world to the classroom and the classroom to life…

We create English programs that are inspiring, real, and relevant. Students learn their world by experiencing it through stories, ideas, photography and video of National Geographic and TED.

Our programs for young learners and teenagers create a solid foundation for learning about the world, and help students find their own voice in English.


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