BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English – Reader 3

This reader from British Columbia contains nine original stories written specifically for adults reading at the 3 to 4.5 grade level equivalent (GLE).

Shantel Ivits
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Vancouver Community College
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Instructional Material
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This reader contains nine original stories written specifically for adults and is designed to accompany the BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English - Course Pack 3. One of a series of six readers, the reading level is roughly at the 3 to 4.5 GLE. Each of the eight chapters includes a level-appropriate, high-interest reading of approximately 200 words. New vocabulary and word patterns are highlighted throughout the stories and summarized at the end. 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. 

What the experts say

BC Reads - Reader 3 is a reading resource for learners reading at the 3 to 4.5 GLE. The stories are customized to the history of British Columbia, but many of the stories could be relevant to a broader base of adult learners. It has several accessibility features consistent with Universal Design for Learning – the font size and line spacing of the stories can be modified to accommodate learner needs and preferences. This reader is a third addition to the BC Reads open source readers. This open source project could be an exemplar for US based resource development.

It is a useful tool for the adult literacy educator in that it provides a sequence of skills related to reading for comprehension (including, for example, word attack strategies, pre-reading strategies, and perspective-taking comprehension strategies). The resource is also useful for the adult learner, as it includes step-by-step instructions, models and guiding prompts, and tools such as graphic organizers and self-test quizzes on the skills and strategies featured.

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