ESL Literacy Readers

ESL Literacy Readers

ESL Literacy Readers

Date posted: June 12, 2018

There’s a wonderful collection of literacy readers to use with ESL adult students available free from the School of Global Access at Bow Valley College. The ESL Literacy Readers are 39 theme-based readers written by Bow Valley College ESL literacy instructors.

The stories in the Bow Valley College collection have been written specifically with adult ESL literacy learners and their needs in mind. Text, structure, and vocabulary were important considerations. The themes were carefully chosen to be both of high interest to learners and, more importantly, relevant to their lives. Every effort was made to ensure the stories would authentically represent learners themselves.

The stories are organized into seven levels, with increasing levels of difficulty. Each reader is available in two formats – audio and print. You can view audio only on this page.

These readers are intended for use in a highly supported class environment after pre-teaching. An ESL Literacy Readers Guide, updated in 2017, offers extension ideas for creating lessons for adult ESL literacy learners.

This video shows how you can use these readers.

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