The Reading and writing Help for Adults book has been designed to help adults read and write, and is suitable for complete beginners.
I was recently nursing on a hospital ward where one of the patients was unable to read or write, and I tried to find resources online that would enable me to help him, or which would enable him to help himself. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything free that was suitable so I created my own, and this book is the result.
The book itself has two main parts.
Firstly, there is are two illustrated stories of 115 words which are introduced a few words at a time per page. These words include many of the most used words in UK English.
The second part of the book comprises a work-sheet which can be printed out and used to help new readers write some of those words they have learned.
Both parts of the book are meant for complete beginners.
The first part is for reading, and is designed so that someone who may or maty not be a teacher can read the words out loud to the student, followed by the student remembering and repeating the various words until they can complete new pages themselves. Each page should be mastered before moving onto the next page as each page builds upon the ones that have gone before.
The second part is for writing, and designed so that students can learn to write on their own by simply repeatedly copying the words they have learned both in block capitals and in script.
The book is only available in pdf format because that is the easiest format to print the book out in order to help the student write as well as to read.
I have not taught for some time, but I do actually hold a very dusty and very old Trinity College TESOL Teaching Certificate earned many years ago so any mistakes are mine. I do hope you will find the book useful, and you can let me know by using the contact details listed at the end of the book.
I have included a couple of simple stories which, I hope, will encourage students to keep reading without becoming too bored, and to aid the learning process I have included images which have all been supplied by freelance graphic artist Khun Lwin, without whose support the book would have been a lot duller. His contact details can also be found at the end of the book.
The pictures in the first part of the book are designed to help maintain the student’s interest. The words themselves are arranged in rows, to allow all rows other than the top one to be covered up, and to allow each subsequent row to be uncovered only once the preceding row has been mastered.
In addition, each part of the book starts on a new page in order that the teaching material can be printed off without this introductory section, and at the start of each story the amount printed on each page is limited so as not to overwhelm the student. As each story progresses, and as the number of pre-learned words increases, so the number of words on each page increases but there are never more than nine new words per page, with the remaining words being repetitions of words already learned.