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First Phonics, Beginner Readers to Year 8 English literacy resources
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'Step through the wardrobe' and into the wonderful world of READING WORKS.

In these books, the exhilaration of success is given its rightful place. Reading is meant to be a cheerful, successful, interactive and intensely human way of enriching one's life.

Being able to speak and think requires words that have been learnt along the way, not only from books but also from conversations and hearing others speak. This love of words is the philosophy that shines through all her work.

Oracy is one of the greatest gifts a person can have.

Where are the worksheets? The emphasis in these books is on speaking, listening, enjoying, using, exploring and seeing language in action.

The teacher therefore has the freedom to devise short and pertinent written activities to suit the needs of their learners 'in the moment' rather than fitting all learners to a one-size-(doesn't)-fit-all worksheet. 

Why only hard copies? The author believes that the close tactile contact with a real book has a great many advantages over a screened version. A real book is physically closer, and it can be controlled by the learner to linger over the words, re-read the sentences, study the pictures – and allow for that all-important revision step – the time to think.


READING WORKS is suitable for

  • beginners to advanced first language learners
  • EFL/ESL students of all ages and backgrounds
  • children, teens, adults, groups, individuals
  • schools and home learning
  • teachers wanting a ‘no gaps’ system
  • literacy coaches, parents, speech therapists.

READING WORKS has been written as resource material to help students learn and teachers teach the intricacies of English.

Using full-colour illustrations to reinforce each point and make learning enjoyable, the books are graded from easy to advanced - offering reinforcement learning, challenges and a lot of fun along the way.

The mini-story sentences and pictures in READING WORKS have been designed and selected specifically to stimulate interactive expert-led discussions, to join together phonics and whole language, and to bring the real world of wonder and humanity into the classroom.

Click to see an example of what exciting teaching can be done
using a multi-modal approach with just one page of one book!

Oral Language

Vitally important aspects of pre-school oral language literacy are covered here, including conversation development, vocabulary usage and extension, being able to recite rhymes, see and name the detail in picture talks, and maintain focus when listening through verbal comprehension.

All are tucked in together with lots of laughter and fun.

"Your child will need well-developed communication skills when it's time to start going to school - to make friends, learn new things, and start learning to read and write.

"About one in 10 children needs help developing normal speech and language skills. Without help, it's a struggle to listen and talk, it's difficult to learn to read, and it's hard to play with other children."

"Communication skills are critical to your child's future success."

Quotes from a pre-school speech and services organisation.

Oral language is not only essential for literacy development - it influences all our social and academic outcomes, plays a vital role in our self-talk - and helps define the sense of who we are. It is our tool for learning, thinking and being.

This book provides the busy teacher with practical easy-to-implement ideas to promote and invigorate oral language in the classroom.

The sounds of language (i.e. phonics) are introduced here as you’ve never seen them before. Written exercise suggestions are a small side salad rather than the main course. (Learners will love not having to fill in another worksheet or push a pencil for long periods of time.)

Every page enables learning to be vigorous, emotionally satisfying, thorough and successful.

All children love to pretend to be someone else, and this book gives them the goods to be confident speakers, able thinkers and imaginative participants in all sorts of energetic group and partner activities, the likes of which you have never seen before!

Be prepared for laughter and magical moments, so surprises, novelty and the unexpected are unabashed features of this book.

It has been designed so that there is something for everyone, but it will be especially appreciated by talented and gifted learners because of ‘the-sky-is the-limit’ ideas within its pages.

Briefly, these book will help develop:

  • speech clarity and word articulation confidence
  • visualisation skills for better reading and listening comprehension
  • vocabulary enrichment and usage
  • performance skills
  • memorisation abilities self-expression
  • confidence in both school and personal life
  • independence of thought
  • concentration, perseverance and the ability to stay on-task
  • social skills in working with and in a group
  • the ability to engage with others in conversational interactions
  • improvisation and creative language abilities.

The learning is rigorous, the expectations high and the suggestions often fanciful - but the outcomes will be extraordinary. This book explodes with ideas that will turn your learners into confident and articulate speakers and users of English.

The better one’s ability to understand and use language, the better will be the listening comprehension, oral language, thinking and reading.
This series has been written to provide all these elements.

The joy of learning and the exhilaration of success are each given their rightful place in the front seat. Reading is meant to be a cheerful, interactive and intensely human way of connecting into the thoughts and emotions of others.

Being able to speak and think requires words that have been learnt along the way, not only from books but also from conversations and hearing others speak. The rich and somewhat advanced vocabulary in READING WORKS has been carefully chosen to ideally extend - painlessly and easily - each learner's own lexicon for day-to-day usage. The power of words cannot be underestimated, therefore children should not be shielded from 'big words'.

As reading tuition and active language reading material, the author has packed each title full to the brim with

      • ideas, words and concepts
      • general knowledge and information
      • teaching resources
      • reference material
      • beautiful pictures
      • systematic, high-level literacy.

Enjoy the learning – relish the teaching – feel the success.

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