BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English – Course Pack 5

This course pack features a set of nine high-interest reading materials that are designed to meet the learning outcomes for Adult Literacy Fundamental English Level 5 (roughly equivalent to grades 6 to 7.5 in the K-12 system).

Shantel Ivits
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Vancouver Community College
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Instructional Material
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The BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English – Course Pack 5 is designed to meet the learning outcomes for Adult Literacy Fundamental English Level 5 (roughly equivalent to grades 6 to 7.5 in the K-12 system). Every chapter includes a level-appropriate, high-interest reading of between 500 and 800 words. The readings are freely available in a separate reader with convenient links to the readings in each chapter of the course pack. 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 course pack has been reviewed by subject experts from colleges and universities.

Links to the nine readings are embedded in this course pack.  While this resource does not provide instructional strategies nor lesson plan, the readings are accompanied by:

  • Pre-reading questions that can be used for individual reflection, journaling, or class discussion
  • Vocabulary-building exercises
  • Comprehension questions
  • Spelling lists and exercises
  • Grammar lessons and exercises
  • Writing tasks

The nine readings are:

  • The Most Amazing Structure on Earth
  • The Many Faces of Genius
  • The Many Pathways to Knowledge
  • Boost Your Brainpower
  • Memory Magic
  • Put to the Test
  • The Sixth Sense: Intuition
  • The Big Five: Personality
  • Secrets of a Happy Brain
What the experts say

BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English – Reader 5 provides a set of high-interest reading materials at an appropriate level of difficulty for the target learners. The course pack provides comprehension questions, vocabulary questions, spelling lists and exercises, and grammar exercises with provided answers for the instructor. Such materials could be useful to instructors and for engaging for students. Users should note that the resource is not a set of lessons; it does not explain how to teach strategies, comprehension, vocabulary, or writing.

The reading skills featured in the course pack are important skills, however despite being organized across chapters by a scope and sequence, they are not specifically aligned with any established adult literacy reading curriculum. The same is true for the spelling patterns/rules and writing skills featured across the chapters. There is no clear rationale for the vocabulary words that are pulled from the readings for the activities.

While those are limitations to the resource, the activities provide useful practice for the adult learner, and the answer keys can provide helpful immediate feedback. The readings should be topically interesting to adult learners, as they address different aspects of intelligence and brain function (see the author's "Notes To the Instructor").  Further, the readings are well written and at-level for the adult learner audience. This is a useful resource that will usually require supplemental instruction in the featured skills.

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