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Glenn McDougall
2010年12月2日
Why is it called Building Blocks Library?
〜原作者が語るメイキング・ストーリー
Building Blocks はこうして建てられた〜
Glenn McDougall
レポート:小学校英語の現場から

大好評!全9レベル62冊のフォニックスリーダーBuilding Blocks Library(BBL)。Level 1〜7が出そろい、Level 8〜9も続々刊行されます。原作者のGlenn McDougallが語るメイキング・ストーリーの第二弾。今回は、シリーズ名に込めた全体構成から、「日本人にとって自然な語彙をどのように選択したか」「類似所の欠点をどう克服したか」「子どもが楽しめるストーリーをどう集めたか」などの舞台裏が披露されます。Building Blocks Library(BBL)が、英語教材として効果が高く、読み物としても楽しめるのは、緻密な分析と設計、そして子ども達からもらったアイデアがいっぱいだから!この記事を読んでもっとBuilding Blocks Library(BBL)を知ってください!!

レポート:小学校英語の現場から

My niece recently asked me why we called it Building Blocks Library (BBL)? It’s a good question.

Imagine you suddenly find yourself in a room. You’re not sure how you got there. It has no windows and two doors. You are not sure where you are. Is it a house? An apartment? An office?

You look around. You open one door, and there is another room. This room also has two doors. So there are at least two rooms.

Is it a very small house, or a two-room apartment? You open a door. Behind that door are some stairs.

You walk out onto the stairs and look up and down the center of the handrail. You can see the stairs go upward and downward for many, many levels.

Now you suddenly have a sense that you are in a much larger structure. You can’t see it all yet, but you know it’s there. 

A reader browsing through the levels of the Building Blocks Library (BBL) would quickly notice the obvious things like the consistent locations and development of characters - the walls and doors of the the first few rooms of the building.

However, it would take some time to notice that there is a deeper structure to BBL, one that may be sensed rather than seen directly, like the building above.

Building Blocks Library Level 5

This deeper structure is reflected in the name, Building Blocks Library and it hopefully provides a feeling that by reading the series, you are peeking through a small window into a much larger world, which is usually what gives the best writing its believability and pleasure.

So let’s have a wander around and look at what makes up structure of the bigger building.