BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English - Reader 1

This reader from British Columbia contains nine original stories written specifically for adults at the beginner to grade 1.5 reading level.

Shantel Ivits
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B.C. Open Textbook Project
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This reader contains nine original stories about healing, discovery, survival, relationships, justice, and connections to the land explored through the lens of the plant world. These stories, written specifically for adults, are designed to accompany the BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English - Course Pack 1. This level 1 reader, one of a series of six readers, is roughly equivalent to beginner to grade 1.5 in the K-12 system. Font size and line spacing can be adjusted in the online view, and have been enhanced for the print and PDF versions for easier reading. This reader has been reviewed by subject experts from colleges and universities.

What the experts say

BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English - Reader 1 has the potential to be a very useful instructional resource for ABE teachers working with beginning readers. The nine stories, written for adult learners at grade equivalent 1-2, offer enough variety of humanistic, multi-culturally sensitive themes to be of use for adult learners. Although written for students based in British Columbia, the themes are universal and wide-ranging enough to appeal to both information-based readers and readers who prefer stories based on their life roles as family and community members. They are unusual given their simplicity of language yet depth of feeling and reflective nature.

It is a flexible teacher-and learner-friendly resource. The open-text format allows for ease of use and sharing with students and their families. The stories can be downloaded and printed in a variety of formats (e-reader, kindle, pdf) or read on-line. Some are colorfully illustrated and others use public domain photographs to convey their meaning. The stories use simple sentences and nearly all monosyllabic words yet are still interesting, a challenging feat. Although there is no research supporting the use of these types of books with beginning adult readers, they might be useful in increasing interest in reading.

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