Lots and lots of E-Books

Susan, Leecy and  other members, as we all know, in order for anyone to learn a language well, it is essential to read all kinds of books, from texts to literature to....philosophy. But in many Adult Ed ESL programs there are very few books, of any kind. The reason usually given is that there is no budget to buy books. Well, nowadays we have the internet and more and more I see websites that offer free E-Books, such as the one below. A while back I mentioned Project Gutenberg, which also offers a treasure trove of  books including audi-books. There are many audio/visual books on YouTube. So let's make a list of books of all kinds for ESL students to read. We can include Easy Readers or Graded Readers, newspaper articles, poetry, wikipedia posts, etc., etc., etc. 



Hello colleagues, There are so many helpful reading materials online. I tend to rely on Newsela, ReadWorks, (these two require registration), and the ESL Literacy Readers and Reading Skills for Today's Adults -- both of which also feature audio. The stories on REEP World are also adult-relevant (topics include health, work, family/community) and useful for low level online reading and listening practice in class or for students to use at home.

At the Alberta Alis website, you can access a number of easy-to-read job profiles.

The Story Shares website has a number of books on a wide range of topics at different levels, though not at the beginning ESL level. There seem to be a few books that start as low as grade level equivalency 1.3 (Lexile 230). This looks like a pretty amazing site!

Thanks for inviting us to create a list of freely available online reading materials, Paul.

Cheers, Susan Finn Miller

Moderator, English Language Acquisition CoP

Hello colleagues, Another source of reading materials, which is appropriate for advanced English learners, is Kelly Gallagher: Building Deeper Readers and Writers. Gallagher is a high school English teacher as well as an author and frequent workshop leader. He posts a 1 to 2-page news "Article of the Week" for his students to read and respond to in writing.  You can find an archive of the news articles he has posted since 2014-15 at the site. The article for this week is "The Great Solar Eclipse."

Students I've worked with have told me that completing this assignment helped them immensely with their reading and writing in English. (Of course, it's important for the teacher to provide feedback on the writing.)

What other sources have you found to be useful?

Cheers, Susan Finn Miller

Moderator, English Language Acquisition CoP



Two resources I use for beginning literacy are from the Marshall Adult Education program in Minnesota:


And from Bow Valley College in Canada:


Dorothy Taylor


For students who know little or no English I use my own bilingual graded readers which use a basic vocabulary of every day words and phrases accompanied by a pronunciation guide. To review them please go to https://www.inglesconprofepablo.com/lecturas-

Paul Rogers