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BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English - Reader 3

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Description: This reader contains nine original stories written specifically for adults, and is designed to accompany the BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English - Course Pack 3. This level 3 reader, one of a series of six readers, is roughly equivalent to grades 3 to 4.5 in the K-12 system. New vocabulary and word patterns are highlighted throughout each story, and then summarized at the end. Font size and line spacing can be adjusted in the online view, and have been enhanced for the print and PDF versions for easier reading. This reader has been reviewed by subject experts from colleges and universities.

Author: Shantel Ivits, Vancouver Community College

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Reviews for 'BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English - Reader 3'

Number of reviews: 2
Average Rating: 4.85 out of 5

1. Reviewed by: Joanna Lord
  • Institution: Vancouver Island University
  • Title/Position: ABE Instructor
  • Overall Rating: 4.7 out of 5
  • Date:
  • License: Creative Commons License

Q: The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary

There is an effective and easy to understand table of contents at the beginning. The units and stories in this reader are tied to the Level 3 Course pack and cover three themes: Mysteries in BC History, Snapshots of Culture in BC and Wild BC.

Comprehensiveness Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased

The content is high interest stories for adults with engaging photographs, plenty of white space, and clear, easy to read font. Word pattern vocabulary is bolded and tied to activities in the course pack.

Content Accuracy Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement

The content is relevant to current Adult Literacy Fundamental English (ALFE) BC provincial learning outcomes for Level 3. The stories are engaging and provide lots of opportunities for rich discussion. They also serve as a launching point for further research into the topics incorporating computer skills and practice into lessons.

Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used

The text is clearly written in plain language suitable to fundamental level learners. There is the right amount of whitespace. The colour photographs break up the text, and when photocopied in black and white still come out clear.

Clarity Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework

The layout and terminology is consistent throughout, and with the accompanying course pack. The three themes are: Mysteries in BC History, Snapshots of BC Culture, and Wild BC and they work well together.

Consistency Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.

Each of the three units features three stories that could be broken into nine separate stories, and be used separately with the accompanying exercises and activities in the course pack. I have used them as a collection all together in one book, and this has worked well for students.

Modularity Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion

This Level 3 reader has 9 original high interest stories written specifically for adults.
Stories include: Searching for Sasquatches, The Shooting of Ginger Goodwin, The Gentleman Bandit, Altogether Now: BC Festivals, Bold and Bright: Sook-Yin Lee, Spread the Word: First Nations Languages in BC, The Rare Spirit Bear, The Journey of the Salmon, and Spy-Hopping with Orca Whales.
The stories are presented in a logical, clear fashion. This reader accompanies the BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English – Course Pack 3. It is one of a series of six readers. This is the first of the series I have used, and I look forward to trying Levels 4-6.

Organization Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader

The variety in sizes of headings and subheadings works well. At first students found navigating between the course reader and the course pack a little challenging, however they soon got used to it. In my experience having the course pack separate from the course reader makes it easier to photocopy sections. The images and photographs are clear and enrich the students' experience.

Interface Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: The text contains no grammatical errors

The text contains no grammatical errors that I could find.

Grammar Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds

The themes of the stories are relevant to a variety of diverse cultures. The first unit has a story about Sasquatches, which encouraged a very interesting discussion among students of different cultures. It also served as a jumping off point as students were keen to do further research on the subject.

Cultural Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Are there any other comments you would like to make about this book, for example, its appropriateness in a Canadian context or specific updates you think need to be made?

My original plan to use this reader and course pack in my literacy class was to have them access it online through our campus online Desire 2 Learn (D2L) program, but this proved to be too challenging and frustrating for students. I have been using it in paper format instead and this is working well for students at ALFE level 3.

The stories are written from a progressive Canadian perspective using a BC context.

I recommend this reader and accompanying course pack for use in literacy classes in the post secondary system as well as community adult literacy programs.

2. Reviewed by: L.Smith
  • Institution: College of the Rockies
  • Title/Position: ABE Instructor
  • Overall Rating: 5 out of 5
  • Date:
  • License: Creative Commons License

Q: The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary

The reader contains nine stories based on the themes Mysteries in BC History, Snapshots of Culture in BC, and Wild BC. They are written specifically for adults at Adult Literacy Fundamental English (ALFE) level 3, and the words in the stories are level appropriate. New vocabulary and word patterns are bolded throughout each story making reference to those taught in the accompanying course pack. They are then reiterated at the end of each story for further reinforcement. If I were to use the reader as a standalone, I would introduce the words and word patterns first and then have students read the story. There is an effective table of contents at the beginning of the reader.

Comprehensiveness Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased

The author has used themes and pictures that are relevant to adult literacy learners. The content is accurate, error-free and unbiased.

Content Accuracy Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement

The contents cover topics that are relevant to adult literacy learners. New contents around the reader’s themes could easily be adapted or added to.

Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used

The text is written in plain language and at an appropriate level for the ALFE level 3 student. The pictures are vibrant and help with the context of each story.

Clarity Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework

The reader is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework.

Consistency Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.

The reader is divided into three themed units with three stories in each. The reader can easily be divided into nine separate stories that could be assigned at different times in the course. Each story is written independently.

Modularity Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion

The reader contains nine stories based on three different themed units. The first unit theme, Mysteries in BC History, includes the following stories: Searching for Sasquatches, The Shooting of Ginger Goodwin, and The Gentleman Bandit. The second unit theme, Snapshots of BC Culture, includes the following stories: All Together Now: BC Festivals, Bold and Bright: Sook-Yin Lee, and Spread the Word: First Nations Languages in BC. The final unit theme, Wild BC, includes the following stories: The Rare Spirit Bear, The Journey of the Salmon, and Spy-Hopping with Orca Whales. Though the stories in the reader are independent of each other, they are presented in a logical and clear fashion.

Organization Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader

The font size and pictures in Reader 3 (print version) are appropriate for adult literacy students at this level. The font size and line spacing in the online view can be adjusted if needed.

Interface Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text contains no grammatical errors

I did not notice any grammatical errors in this reader.

Grammar Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds

Engaging themes are used throughout the stories that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds.

Cultural Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Are there any other comments you would like to make about this book, for example, its appropriateness in a Canadian context or specific updates you think need to be made?

The author has done a remarkable job making sure the reader and supplementary course pack work well together. The combination of the reader and course pack meet all of the BC ALFE provincial level 3 articulation outcomes.
The review of Reader 3 is based on the print version printed by SFU Document Solutions and not the online version.