We Can! 1 by Yoko Matsuka

We Can! 1 by Yoko Matsuka

How can students learn English in an environment where they don’t need it? The answer is We Can! 1 and there’s no magic in it. As students clear the goals, one by one, they will naturally learn English.

By Yoko Matsuka

We Can! 1 is a new, exciting, and unique goal-oriented seven-level series for elementary students by one of Asia’s leaders in teaching English to children. In We Can! 1 by Yoko Matsuka provides the means for developing the three indispensable elements for success in English —a good curriculum, a good teacher, and good teaching material.

We Can! Unique Features

  • Easy to Evaluate: The 384 goals make progress easy to see for students, teachers, and parents.
  • Spiral Curriculum: Students constantly recycle and reuse previously learned the language.
  • English for Real Communication: Students use English in a real, practical way inside and outside the classroom.
  • Rhythm and Pronunciation: Students master rhythm and pronunciation skills through songs, chants, movement, drama, and role plays.
  • Balanced Use of Phonics: Students learn good pronunciation and to read and write on their own.
  • Expansion of Discourse: Students develop language competence beyond the sentence level with carefully designed, fun, experience-based activities, and real interactions.
  • An Interactive Website: www.wecanenglishclub.com will offer electronic communication in English with friends around the world.


At each level

  • Student Book + Student CD
  • Workbook + Student CD
  • Flashcards
  • Posters (10 per level)
  • Class Audio CD
  • Teacher’s Guide (English version)
  • Teacher’s Guide (Japanese version)


  • Phonics Workbooks 1-3
  • Phonics 1-3 Teacher’s Guide
  • Songs and Chants CD

Syllabus By Units and Topics


  • Talk Time: Welcome. Put your bags away. Take out your pencils. Take out your books. Please take a seat. (Miki), please open the window. Okay. Thank you. You’re welcome.
  • Rhythms and Sounds:
  • Words:
  • Phonics:

Unit 1: My Friends

  • Talk Time: Hello. Hi. What’s your name? My name’s Kai.
  • Rhythms and Sounds:

Song: Hello

  • Hello. How are you? I’m fine, thank you. And you?
  • Song: Good-bye
  • Good-bye. See you again.
  • Words: What’s this color?
  • Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, white, black, brown
  • Phonics: Alphabet A to Z: Big letters
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Unit 2: My Body

  • Talk Time: Close your eyes. Open your eyes. Raise your hands. Clap your hands. Okay.
  • Rhythms and Sounds: Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
  • Eyes, ears, mouth, nose
  • Words: Please … Stand up. Come to the front. Make a line. Make a circle. Go back to your seat. Sit down.
  • Phonics: Alphabet a to z: Small letters.
  • Short, tall, and tail letters
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Unit 3: My Family

  • Talk Time: This is my brother, Jack. Nice to meet you. Nice to meet you, too. This is my sister/friend …
  • Rhythms and Sounds: Chant: Five Little Monkeys
  • Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa
  • Words: Grandpa, Grandma, Dad, Mom, brother, sister, me
  • Phonics: Sounds: A, B, C, D, E apple, bear, cow, dog, egg
  • Write: A to E
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Review 1: Units 1-3

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Unit 4: Happy Birthday!

  • Talk Time: It’s my birthday. Happy birthday. How old are you? I’m (seven) years old.
  • Rhythms and Sounds: Song: Ten Little Snowmen
  • Numbers 1–10
  • Words: What’s this shape?
  • square, triangle, rectangle, circle, diamond, star
  • Phonics: Sounds: F, G, H, I, J fish, goat, hat, ink, jet Write: F to J
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Unit 5: Toys

  • Talk Time: How many do you have? I have (one). How many do I have? That’s right.
  • Rhythms and Sounds: Song: Teddy Bear
  • Turn around. Touch the ground. Show your shoe. You’re out, too.
  • Words: puppet, puzzle, coloring book, dollhouse, character cards, robot, blocks, stickers, computer game, unicycle
  • Singular/plural
  • Phonics: Sounds: K, L, M, N
  • king, lion, monkey, nest Write: K to N
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Unit 6: Yummy Things!

  • Talk Time: Do you like (pizza)? Yes, I like (pizza). Yummy! No, I don’t like (cabbage/onions). Yucky!
  • Rhythms and Sounds: Chant: Cookie Jar
  • Words: apple, hamburger, hot dog, noodles, orange, rice, sandwich, spaghetti, sushi
  • Countable/uncountable
  • Phonics: Sounds: O, P, Q, R
  • octopus, puppy, queen, rabbit Write: O to R
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Review 2: Units 4-6

Unit 7: Animals

  • Talk Time: Do you have a pet? Yes, I do./ No, I don’t. I have a (dog/fish).
  • Rhythms and Sounds: Song: BINGO
  • Words: dog, cat, bird, fish, mouse, cow, horse, sheep, chicken
  • Phonics: Sounds: S, T, U, V
  • sun, tiger, umbrella, violin Write: S to V
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Unit 8: Seven Days

  • Talk Time: What day do you like? I like (Friday/Sunday). How about you?
  • Rhythms and Sounds: Song: Days of the Week Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Words: What’s the weather like today? It’s (sunny) today.
  • cloudy, rainy, snowy, windy Showing/hiding/washing his face
  • Phonics: Sounds: W, X, Y, Z witch, fox, yard, zebra Write: W to Z
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Review 3: Units 7-8

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More Fun 1: Halloween

  • Talk Time: Let’s Go Trick-or-Treating!
  • Rhythms and Sounds: Halloween Picture Game
  • Words: Halloween, jack o’ lantern, witch, black cat, goblins, ghost, skeleton
  • Phonics:

More Fun 2: Christmas

  • Talk Time: Merry Christmas Relay
  • Rhythms and Sounds: Song: Little Bells of Christmas
  • Words:
  • Phonics:

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