Functional Skills text books are a rare commodity and this pair of Level 2 Functional English books fills a well-needed gap. They’ve been written with the Edexcel on-screen reading and writing assessments in mind, but are ideal for learners taking paper-based or online Functional Skills assessments from any awarding body.
Richard Lederer has written many books about English language and usage. All are easy to read, fun and full of ideas and snippets of information that make great warm up activities (E3 upwards).
My favourite is the first one I read: Crazy English, which I bought in a junk shop when I lived in the US many years ago (followed closely by The Write Way and The Play of Words – all available from Amazon.co.uk).
Quick Reads are a series of short (max 120 pages) reads from popular authors and/or celebrities. The latest 2010 titles include a Doctor Who story, and titles from Andy McNab and Rolf Harris.
The old Quick Read resources designed to accompany various titles (along with a new writing guide to accompany this year’s books) are now available on the Reading Agency site. Ten new Quick Reads for 2011 will be released on World Book Day 3rd March.
*Gatehouse Books* publish a great selection of adult beginner reader books for use in adult (and post 14) Literacy and ESOL. Many have been written by adults who are developing their own literacy skills, for example Secrets by Sue Torr and Getting Better by Marie MacNamara. Gatehouse’s ever-increasing collection also includes audio cassettes and interactive CDs. Teaching packs and worksheets are available to accompany many of the books.