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English Reading - Practice Books

We can recommend the following books for ESL purposes;

1. Penguin Readers - Mass Market Paperback: Publisher: Dell

Penguin Readers are a carefully graded collection of Readers that enable English language learners to enjoy reading whatever their language level. Penguin Readers are written by specialist ELT authors. The language, vocabulary, style and content of every book is carefully graded to make sure it suits the learner's own language ability. Whether it's British or American English you're looking for, there are hundreds of titles to choose from. There's something for everyone - classics, films, biographies, drama, romance, comedy, crime and more. Listening to audio recordings can help to improve the learner's understanding and fluency, which is why the majority of Penguin Readers titles are also available on audio cassette. Every Penguin Reader has a range of activities in the book and accompanying Factsheet to help increase comprehension and develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

2. Cambridge English Readers series; Paperback: Cambridge University Press

Written specially for adult and young adult learners, this series of graded readers offers original fiction with believable characters, gripping plots, and a variety of international settings. The highest quality of writing and storytelling is combined with greatest sensitivity to learners' linguistics needs, and this ensures a successful, enjoyable reading experience with learners eager to finish one book and start another.

They cover a wide range of genres including comedy, romance, murder mystery, and many more Comprehension and speed of reading are increased because the reader is placed in a familiar landscape with less new information to process. These books cater for learners at all levels, from elementary to advanced The highest level provides the much requested bridge to authentic reading materials which is missing from most other graded readers series. This is achieved by having a considerably larger vocabulary and no formal grammatical controls.

3. Heinle & Heinle TOEFL Test Assistant: Reading by Milada Broukal; Paperback: 144 pages Publisher: International Thomson Publishing

Reading is designed for both self-study and classroom use to prepare students for the reading Comprehension of the TOEFL Test. Each chapter covers a type of reading question that can be found on the TOEFL. The first part of each chapter introduces the question through a reading passage. This passage is easier than the passages on the TOEFL. Its purpose is to introduce students to the type of question they will study in the chapter. The second part of each chapter tells in detail about the type of question, giving examples and suggesting strategies. The exercises in the third part will give students plenty of practice in reading on a variety of topics and in answering questions similar to those found on the test.

4. Reading for Understanding by Ruth Schoenbach, Paperback: 240 pages Publisher: Jossey-Bass

A Guide To Improving Reading In Middle And High School Classrooms. Easy to follow and filled with examples of student work and classroom lessons, Reading for Understanding offers a successful approach to helping students improve their literacy across all subject areas. It shows how to create classroom "reading apprenticeships" to help students build reading comprehension skills and relate what they read to a larger knowledge base. It also discusses the strategies and support systems needed to implement and evaluate reading apprenticeship programs throughout the school. The authors describe a program in which an entire freshman class in one urban high school increased its average reading scores by more than two years. Piloted in San Francisco, the groundbreaking Academic Literacy program proved that it was not too late for teachers and students to work together in boosting literacy, engagement, and achievement.