We Can! 4 by Yoko Matsuka

We Can! 4 by Yoko Matsuka

Learning English can be difficult for students in an environment where they don’t need it. This is why We Can! 4 has been developed to provide the right tools and resources to help them learn the language. With its comprehensive curriculum, interactive activities, and online support, We Can! 4 helps students gain confidence in their English skills while also providing a fun learning experience.

We Can! 4 is the perfect solution for those who want to learn English but don’t have access to traditional classrooms or language tutors.

By Yoko Matsuka

Education is essential for the development of any society. To ensure that our students get the best education possible, we need to provide a good curriculum, a good teacher, and good teaching material. We Can! 4 strives to do just that. It seeks to provide students with the resources they need to succeed in their studies and be well-prepared for their future endeavors.

The program focuses on providing quality education by focusing on the three main components: curriculum, teacher, and teaching material. It is designed to help teachers create an effective learning environment while helping students gain knowledge in various subjects.

We Can! 4 also provides guidance on how to use technology in teaching and learning as well as strategies for developing critical thinking skills among students. With this program, we can ensure that our youth are given the best education possible so they can reach their full potentials.

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 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


Unit 1: My World Passport

  • Finding Out Time:
  • Hi! Let me introduce myself. My name’s (Hong). I’m from (Korea). My date of birth is (October 6, 1997). I live in Seoul. My phone number is (9851 6584). My eyes are (brown).
  • Grammar in Action: Chant: Question Markers
  • what, when, which, where, how, who, why
  • What’s your name?
  • When were you born?
  • Which city do you live in?
  • Where were you born?
  • How do you go to school?
  • Who’s your favorite singer?
  • Why do you like that singer?
  • Reading and Copying: Chant: I Like Coffee
  • Phonics: Sounds: ai, ay, ea, ee, ey
  • rain, chain, away, day, peach, meat,
  • week, cheese, monkey, donkey
  • Song: Rain, Rain, Go Away

Unit 2: Fun on the Weekend

  • Finding Out Time: What did you do over the weekend? I cleaned my room. You practiced on the trampoline. She watched a horror movie. He kicked a ball for three hours. They played computer games. He studied for six hours. He cooked a big breakfast. She stayed home.
  • That’s boring / great / scary / okay / fantastic.
  • Grammar in Action: Chant: Past Tense Regular Verb Chunks
  • I / you / he / she / we / you / they
  • practice / practiced, watch / watched, cook / cooked, kick / kicked, clean / cleaned, stay / stayed, play / played, study / studied
  • Reading and Copying: Chant: The Cat and the Fiddle
  • Phonics: Sounds: oa, oe, ow, ui, ue
  • boat, coat, toe, Joe, window, snow, fruit, suit, glue, blue
  • Story: The Goat in a Coat
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Unit 3: Life’s Ups and Downs

  • Finding Out Time:
  • What good / bad things happened to you (last year)?
  • I won (a ping-pong game) / got (first place) / was (team captain) / made (a rocket) / saw (a rainbow) / caught (a cold) / broke (my leg).
  • We lost a (soccer match) / were (stuck in an elevator).
  • My dad had (an operation).
  • Congratulations! So did I.
  • How nice!
  • Sorry about that.
  • How scary!
  • Grammar in Action: Chant: Past Tense Irregular Verb Chunks
  • win / won, lose / lost, get / got, am, is / was, make / made, see / saw, catch / caught, have, has / had, break / broke, are / were
  • Reading and Copying: Chant: Old Mother Hubbard
  • Phonics: Sounds: au, aw, oi, oy
  • August, autumn, straw, strawberry, coin, point, toy, boy
  • Story: A Boy with a Silver Coin
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Review 1: Units 1-3

Review 1: Units 1-3

Unit 4: My School is Cool!

  • Finding Out Time:
  • What’s the name of your school? (Kanai Elementary School.)
  • How many students are there in your school? About (a thousand).
  • Do you have school lunch at your school? Yes, we do, every day. / No, we don’t.
  • Does your school have a school bus? Yes, it does. / No, it doesn’t.
  • Do you have a school uniform?
  • What time does your school start? It starts at (7:00).
  • Grammar in Action:
  • Chant: Which + Present and Past Tense
  • Which subject do you like most this year? This year I like (math).
  • Which subject did you like most last year? Last year I liked (PE).
  • Which grade are you in this year? This year I am in the (4th) grade.
  • Which grade were you in last year? Last year I was in the (3rd) grade.
  • Which city do you usually go to on your school trip? We usually go to (Kyoto).
  • Which city did you go to on your school trip last year? Last year we went to (Tokyo).
  • Reading and Copying: Song: Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Phonics: Sounds: ou, ow, oo (short), oo (long)
  • house, mouse, cow, brown, book, cook, moon, spoon
  • Story: Story of a Dog and a Brown Cow
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Unit 5: A Healthy Life

  • Finding Out Time:
  • What should you do to live a healthy life?
  • I should get up early / drink a lot of water / eat three meals a day / brush my teeth well / do some exercise / go to bed early.
  • I shouldn’t eat too much junk food / drink too much soda / watch too much TV / stay up late / play too many computer games / skip breakfast.
  • Grammar in Action:
  • Chant: Past Tense Questions and Answers
  • Did you get up early / drink milk / eat breakfast / brush your teeth this morning? Yes, I got up early / drank milk / ate breakfast / brushed my teeth this morning. No, I didn’t get up early / drink milk / eat breakfast / brush my teeth this morning.
  • play / played, talk / talked, brush / brushed, watch / watched, get up / got up, eat / ate, do / did, go to bed / went to bed, drink / drank
  • Reading and Copying: Chant: Early to Bed / Late to Bed
  • Phonics: Sounds: ar, or, ur, ir
  • park, farm, horse, corn, purple, turtle, bird, shirt
  • Story: Story of a Horse from a Farm
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Unit 6: Hanging Out in Town

  • Finding Out Time:
    • Excuse me. Where’s the post office / train station / convenience store / supermarket / elementary school / bus stop?
    • It’s far from here / near here / about a 5-minute walk / only a few minutes / right over there / just around the corner.
    • Is it far?
    • How long does it take? Go (straight) and you’ll find it on your (left).
  • Grammar in Action: Chant: Going To
    • I / You / We / They want, He / She wants (a new DVD).
    • I’m / You’re / He’s / She’s / We’re / They’re going (to the video rental store).
  • Reading and Copying: Chant: There Was a Little Green House
  • Phonics: Sounds: er, or, ar
    • teacher, hamster, doctor, actor, guitar, candy bar
    • Story: The Story of an Actor
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Review 2: Units 4-6

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Unit 7: Math in English

  • Finding Out Time:
  • – 10,000.
  • (2) plus (2) is (4).
  • (5) minus (3) is (2).
  • (3) times (3) is (9).
  • (8) divided by (2) is (4).
  • Grammar in Action:
  • Chant: How Many and How Much
  • How many (books) do you have? I have (three).
  • How many people are there in your family?
  • There are (five). How much money do you have?
  • I have (ten dollars).
  • How much is it?
  • It’s (six dollars).
  • Reading and Copying: Chant: Going to St. Ives
  • Phonics:
  • Sounds: kn, igh, wr
  • knob, knock, night, light, write, wrench
  • Story: Story of a White Whale

Unit 8: My Dream Vacation

  • Finding Out Time:
  • Where are you going? I’m going to (Sydney).
  • How long does it take to get there? It takes about (two) hours.
  • What are you going to do there? I’m going sightseeing / skiing / to an English camp.
  • What would you like to drink? I’d like some (juice), please.
  • (Apple or orange juice)? (Apple juice), please.
  • Here you go.
  • Grammar in Action: Chant: Going To + Verb
    • I’m / You’re / He’s / She’s / We’re / They’re going to (surf) in (Honolulu).
    • visit, snowboard, shop, climb, eat
  • Reading and Copying: Song: A Small and Beautiful World
  • Phonics:
    • Numbers: one – twelve
    • Days: Sunday – Saturday
    • Months: January – December
    • Personal pronouns: I, you, he, she, we, they
    • Story: Sunday, February 11th, 12 p.m.
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Review 3: Units 7-8

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Action Verb Chunks

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We Can! 4 Word list

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