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What are ESOL readers?
Your teachers will tell you that the more you read, the better your English language becomes. Reading in English improves your listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, fluency and confidence. ESOL Graded Readers are specially adapted stories and non-fiction books graded at levels of difficulty from Starter to Advanced. The ESOL readers in Bradford College are shelved by the ESOL Skills for Life levels and the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for languages)
A1= Entry level 1 (Beginner) - colour coded Pink
A2= Entry level 2 (Elementary) - colour coded Orange
B1=Entry level 3 (Pre-intermediate /Intermediate) - colour coded Green
B2= Level 1 (Intermediate / Upper intermediate) - colour coded Blue
C1= Level 2 (Advanced) - colour coded Red
We also have a Pre-Entry (Starter) set of books, colour coded purple.
Online Reading Books
Oxford Learner’s Bookshelf
Once you have registered with OUP: Learn at home, click on this link to sign in to Oxford Learner's Bookshelf. From here you can access 148 free online readers at all different levels. Access to these ebooks for free expires after the 30th June, so get reading!
Sample reading ages and audio
Read a text sample and listen to an audio sample from a selection of Collins Readers. These samples will help you practice your reading and listening skills, and also help you choose a book that's right for you when the Library is open again.
Popular Graded Readers
Dockside readers in the Library
The Dockside reading scheme features stories with contemporary themes and settings. Books contain graffiti style art and interesting stories from starter level to elementary. These are great to use with teenagers, particularly reluctant readers.
The New East Enders Series
Developed for adults who are learning English as a second language, these short stories, set in the East End of London, offer an insight into life in the UK and are a useful tool for building vocabulary around everyday life. These are great to use with older learners and are all at starter level.
Ali and Javad
Ali & Javad are two students who meet at college, where they are both learning English. There are 6 books in this series, all at Entry 1 level. Books also include a page of questions to check undestanding. These books are popular with adult ESOL learners.
Oxford Bookworms Library
Oxford Bookworms include a wide range of classic and modern fiction, non-fiction, and plays, in seven graded language stages.
Resources for students
Oxford Bookworms Student Site: How Good is Your English?
Choose any of the 14 level tests (there are two tests for each level). You will receive instant feedback that will help you find your reading level.
These levels tests are also available through our 'How Good is Your English?' app. Find your level and enjoy a chapter from one of our 30 Bookworms apps for free. Available for iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®, the 'How Good is Your English?' App can b
Collins Free Activities for ELT English Readers
This site includes videos, student activities, classroom activities and ideas for further research to support the Collins Amazing People series, and the Agatha Christie stories.
Resources for teachers
Oxford Bookworm Teachers Site
Site includes: Introductions to the Bookworms Library, Free tests, test answers, and book answers; Interactive Online Level Tests; and Class Worksheets to use with selected Bookworms.
Collins Readers Teacher Activities
Find sample pages, video, student activities, classroom activities, and links to further research for Collins Amazing People and Agatha Christie series
Pearson Readers Teachers Support
Find teaching support materials like Teacher’s Notes, Worksheets, Audio samples and more for specific Pearson English Readers.
Penguin Graded ELT Readers site
Site includes information on the readers, plus a range of teaching materials including tests, worksheets and video tutorials.