ABSTRACT Often in second language teaching an instructor is obligated to use a certain textbook or materials. If the text is deficient, there are definite steps which can be taken to streamline the use of the materials without rejecting the majority of the text. The study suggests that through rearrangement and deletion of grammatical items, a more useful and native-like language can be presented. Criteria for inclusion and early appearance in the sequencing are frequency of occurrence in the native language, ease of acquisition of the morphology and syntax, and most useful skill and style for the learner. Items which appear earlier in the syllabus are reentered throughout the course in new and meaningful contexts.