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Graded readers

Page Turners

I'm Series Editor for a new series of Graded Readers with Heinle Cengage. Click here for details. If you want to write graded readers for this series just send me an email.

This is a 12-level series of original readers for learners of English. Fun and easy to read, this is a series you won’t want to put down!
• For young adults and adults of real page turners. You can’t put them down!
• 60 books at 12 levels means a smooth transition from level to level. 25 books are available as at Spring 2011.
• Starts at 200 headwords going up to 2600. From Starter (pre-Al) to Advanced (C1)
• Each title has a non-fiction bonus reading
• Free audio online. Worksheets available online (soon) http://ngl.cengage.com/pageturners
 

       

 

Foundations Reading Library (written with Maurice Jamall)

Details of the series are here in English and Japanese

        

The  Foundations Reading Library is an exciting new series of graded readers written specially to meet the needs of younger learners beginning to read in English. The carefully crafted, age-appropriate stories are designed for middle school, high school, and private language school students.

bulletGraded at seven levels, with six readers per level, ranging from 75 to 350 headwords
bulletAdventure, drama, detective, and romance stories – all of which deal with issues and topics that teens want to read about
bulletIllustrated in full color which, combined with carefully controlled language, enables beginning learners to read successfully and confidently
bulletPractice, extend, and recycle the most useful and frequent vocabulary, phrases and expressions that beginning learners need.
bulletCarefully-controlled grammar syllabus that covers the grammar most typically taught in the early years of learning English
bulletDesigned so that each Reader can be used for fluency and enjoyment, as well as for explicit language practice (when used with the support materials)
bulletSupported by Activity Books (including tests), Lesson Planners, and an Audio Program on CD and Cassette for each level

Here is a placement test for the series - it's unofficial and largely untested but may be of use.

Level

Headwords

Yomiyasu level

Number of readers

Low beginner

75

0.6

6

Beginner

100

0.7

6

Beginner

150

0.8

6

High Beginner

200

0.9

6

High Beginner

250

1.0

6

Low Elementary

300

1.2

6

Low Elementary

350

1.4

6

 This is a review of the series in the Extensive Reading Journal June. 2008. v1  And some testimonials about the series

 

Footprint Reading Library (Series Editor)

Details of the series are here in English and Japanese

Farley the Red Panda was awarded the 2009 Extensive Reading Foundation Language Learner Literature Prize.

 

Footprint Reading Library is the first non-fiction reading series for English language learners to present real-world stories in three formats: print, audio, and video. Accompanied by rich video material from National Geographic Digital Media, the series transport learners from the Arctic Ocean to the steppes of Mongolia, from the lost city of Machu Picchu to the bustling streets of Essaouraria and invites them to expend their horizons, as they explore the world.

The Footprint Reading Library contains a broad collection of carefully leveled readers, to help learners develop active vocabulary, reading, and listening skills. This selection of engaging stories is grouped into five themes:

Incredible Animals    Fascinating Places    Remarkable People    Exciting Activities    and Amazing Science

The series provides opportunities not only to enrich the learner’s knowledge about the world we live in, but also to develop skills specifically for reading non-fiction materials. Each reader allows learners to familiarize themselves with various non-fiction print and online formats including excerpts from: newspapers magazines, journals and websites. The readings are often accompanied by key elements of non-fiction writing such as captioned photos as well as charts, tables and graphs.

The Footprint Reading Library comprises one hundred readers, divided into eight levels—ranging from pre-intermediate through advanced. The readers are also categorized according to the Common European Framework levels. These are language learning, teaching and assessment guidelines widely used in the European Union and beyond to set international standards for language syllabi, curriculum design and examinations.

Each level in the series has 10 or 15 books, and is graded according to a list of carefully selected headwords (the number of different words used) and levels of grammatical complexity. This grading is necessary to ensure learners are gradually exposed to new vocabulary and grammar structures. There is a Teacher's Manual for each level.

The following table indicates the series levels and the number of readers available for each level.

Level

Headwords

Number of readers

TOEFL TOEIC IELTS Eiken Yomiyasu level

   C.E.F.  Level

Pre-Intermediate

800

15

96-125 246-380 3.0-3.4 Jun 2-kyu 2.0-2.2

A2

Pre-intermediate

1000

15

96-125 246-380 3.5-3.9 2-kyu 2.3-2.9

A2

Intermediate

1300

15

126-175 381-540 4.0-4.7 2-kyu 3.0-3.8

B1

Intermediate

1600

15

126-175 381-540 4.7-5.4 jun 1-kyu 3.9-4.6

B1

Upper-intermediate

1900

10

176-235 540-700 5.5-5.9 jun 1-kyu 4.7-5.5

B2

Upper-intermediate

2200

10

176-235 540-700 6.0-6.5 jun 1-kyu 5.6-6.2

B2

Advanced

2600

10

236-275 701-910 6.6-7.0 1-kyu  

C1

Advanced

3000

10

236-275 701-910 7.5-8.0 1-kyu  

C1

 This is a review of the series in GISIG Sept. 2008.

Four skills courses

Sequences is a course for the Mexican High School market. Sequences helps you teach the new Bachillerato Tecnológico Program step-by-step. Sequences is a new five-level course created specifically for learners studying under the new Reforma al Plan y Programa de Estudios del Bachillerato Tecnológico in Mexico.

bulletNew language concepts presented and practiced through clear learning sequences (Secuencias Didácticas) of presentation and practice activities.
bulletClearly-stated language goals for each lesson.
bulletA strong functional grammar and vocabulary skills for practice in all four skills.
bulletUnit openers that allow students to make use of their experience and knowledge of the world.
bulletPicture Dictionary presentations of target vocabulary and for reference.
bulletPronunciation syllabus for Spanish speakers.
bulletSelf-evaluation tasks that give students a motivational sense of accomplishment.
bulletEnd-of-unit My Dictionary and Vocabulary Builder tasks to develop organizational and study skills.
bulletActivity pages that provide full revision and consolidation of key language.

Written with Julian Thomlinson and Phil Woodall.

 

 

Other

Basic Grammar in Use Japanese edition with Sachiko Takahashi.

 

 

Contact Info:

You can contact me at the following addresses.


Rob Waring
Notre Dame Seishin University,
2-16-9 Ifuku-cho,
Okayama, Japan 700-7068
Email waring.rob  @  gmail.com