english-in-a-flash

Libraries, Chapters, and Lessons

English in a Flash provides three libraries of vocabulary that include progressively harder words. Each library is divided into 15 chapters for a total of 45 chapters.

Each chapter begins with a pretest to find out if the student

  • needs to learn the chapter vocabulary,
  • needs to review the chapter vocabulary, or
  • already knows the chapter vocabulary

English in a Flash provides not just practice, but the right practice for each student. Each lesson is neither too hard nor too easy because it builds on what the student already knows.

Using the results from the pretest, the English in a Flash program immediately places students in the appropriate lesson.

  • Students who need to learn the vocabulary automatically begin in Lesson 1.
  • Students who need to review the vocabulary automatically begin in Lesson 3.
  • Students who already know the vocabulary automatically move to the next chapter's pretest.

Within each chapter, students will receive 3–5 brief and intense lessons (plus one review lesson), all devoted to developing familiarity with the words they either need to review or learn. English in a Flash exposes students to each word up to 14 times over the course of the chapter. A chapter is typically covered in one week, with one short lesson each day. For a detailed description of how students progress through a chapter, see How Students Work in English in a Flash.

Session Activity Provides Stops After Notes
1 Mouse Tutorial Explanation of how to use the computer and basics of the program When complete or when user presses Ctrl+S to skip The tutorial is only seen the first time students use the program.
Pretest 90 vocabulary words 14 incorrect answers Students who miss 0 to 6 items advance to the Pretest for the next chapter; if 7 to 13 are missed, students skip to Lesson 3 for the current chapter.

Each vocabulary word answered correctly in the pretest is only offered once during Lessons 1–3.

All incorrect words, or words not seen in the pretest, are presented four times in Lesson 1 and five times in Lessons 2 and 3.
Lesson 1 4 repetitions of the 90 vocabulary words Uses graphics and audio.
Quiz 1 Quiz on words missed and those not seen in pretest 3 incorrect answers Students who get 90 correct won't be presented with the quiz after Lesson 3.
2 Lesson 2 5 repetitions of the same 90 words There is text on the page along with the images.
Quiz 2 Quiz on words missed and those not seen in Quiz 1 3 incorrect answers
Lesson 3 5 repetitions of the same 90 words Students have access to the Repeat and Back Up buttons.
Quiz 3 Quiz on words missed and those not seen in Quizzes 1 and 2 3 incorrect answers After completing Quiz 3, students can access and use My Practice and Reports from the Home page.
4 Review lesson and quiz Review of Lesson 3 content; quiz contains items missed and those not seen in Quiz 3 N/A - students must answer all questions Not required for students who answer all 90 items correctly in Quiz 1, or 88 or more correctly on Quiz 2 or Quiz 3.
Lesson 4 4 repetitions of 40 phrases and sentences Combines vocabulary learned in Lessons 1-3.
Quiz 4 40 phrases and sentences 6 incorrect answers
5 Review lesson and quiz Review of Lesson 4 content; quiz contains items answered incorrectly or those not seen in Quiz 4 N/A - Students must answer all questions Not required for students who answer all Quiz 4 items correctly.
Lesson 5 4 repetitions of 50 sentences and dialogs Uses learned vocabulary.
Quiz 5 40 sentences and dialogs 6 incorrect answers
6 Review lesson and quiz Review of Lesson 5 content; quiz contains items answered incorrectly or those not seen in Quiz 5 N/A - Students must answer all questions Not required for students who answer all Quiz 5 items correctly.
Student may begin Session 1 of the next chapter Pretest, lesson, and quiz as described in Session 1 above, but with 90 new vocabulary words
Step Each step takes 15-20 minutes
Chapter Pretest Pretest results are the first step in individualization.
Each chapter begins with a vocabulary test which determines whether the student should remain in the chapter or be taken to the next chapter. Students hear a word and see three graphics.
Using the mouse, they highlight the word that matches the audio they hear. Any choice moves the program forward. If students do not make a choice within 10 seconds, the program continues to the next item. Encourage students to do their best and to complete every item.
If the student misses six or less items on the pretest, the program automatically moves on to the pretest for the next chapter.
If the student misses seven to thirteen items, the program moves on to Lesson 3.
The pretest stops if a student misses fourteen items, and the program automatically moves to Lesson 1.
Lesson 1 Lesson 1 is approximately 10–12 minutes of practice with 90 basic vocabulary words. Students listen to words as the graphics are presented on the screen. During this segment, students should watch and listen. They can repeat words aloud if they want to, but they do not need to do anything else. Encourage students to relax and absorb the language.
Quiz 1 Quiz 1 immediately follows Lesson 1. This quiz begins with words that students missed on the pretest, and continues with words the student hasn't tested on yet. The quiz stops if the student misses three items.
If students have a total of 88 or more correct at this point, they skip Lesson 2 and move forward to Lesson 3.
Lesson 2 After Lesson 2, students take another quiz, which is a continuation of the Pretest and Quiz 1.
Quiz 2 Quiz 2 begins with words a student has already missed, and it continues with words the student hasn't tested on yet. The quiz stops if a student misses three items. If the student gets 88 or more correct on the quiz, the student will skip Lesson 3 and advance to Lesson 4.
Lesson 3 Lesson 3 gives more practice with the same set of vocabulary words. Like in Lesson 2, written words appear on the screen.
Quiz 3 After Lesson 3, students take another quiz. This is a continuation of the Pretest, Quiz 1, and Quiz 2. It, too, contains items the student hasn't seen or has missed previously. It does not include items the student has already answered correctly. Quiz 3 stops if the student misses three items.
Focused Review
Lesson 3
Quiz 3
This session begins with an individualized review of the words the student missed in Quiz 3. Called "Focused Review," (FR) it contains vocabulary words missed in Lessons 1–3 before moving on to Lesson 4.
Lesson 4 Lesson 4 places vocabulary words in context. It combines words practiced in Lessons 1–3 into longer chunks of language. Students see and hear multiple repetitions of 40 different phrases and short sentences.
Quiz 4 After Lesson 4, students take a quiz on language covered in this lesson. If six items are missed on Quiz 4, the quiz stops and an on-screen feedback page is shown. The next time the student logs in, the Focused Review for Lesson 4 will be presented.
Focused Review
Lesson 4
Quiz 4
Students complete Focused Review of items missed in Lesson 4 before starting Lesson 5.
Lesson 5 Lesson 5 includes longer sentences, short monologues, and dialogues. It combines words practiced in Lessons 1–3 and phrases practiced in Lesson 4 into communicative exchanges. Students see and hear multiple repetitions of 50 different monologues and dialogues spoken by five native speakers.
Quiz 5 After Lesson 5, students take a quiz on language covered in this lesson. If six items are missed on Quiz 5, the quiz stops and an on-screen feedback page is shown.
Focused Review Lesson 5 Any phrases and short sentences not mastered by the end of Quiz 5 are presented in a Focused Review (individualized) Lesson and Quiz when the student logs in for next chapter. Upon completion, student is encouraged to log back in and take next chapter Pre-test.
Focused Review Quiz 5
Pretest, etc.

Items for the pretest and quiz (vocabulary words, voices, graphics, and distractors) are fixed. Students see three graphics and hear one vocabulary word pronounced. The student must select the graphic that matches the word. There is no indication of whether or not the student has selected the correct answer, but the next question appears after an answer is selected. The students will have ten seconds after the audio stops to answer each question; they cannot select an answer until the audio stops. If the item times out before the student responds, the student moves on to the next lesson item.