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An exemplar text for shared reading and often preparation for writing

Readwell Road is a magnificent set of reading books for adults. They were first published on Skillsworkshop in February 2010. Since then thousands of site users have downloaded the sample sets of stories from Step 1 (E1), Step 2 (E1-E2) and Step 3 (E2-E3) – see below.
Linda has since decided to go ahead and publish the entire scheme and further books can be found at www.readwellroad.com or you can contact Linda through her contact form on this site.

Level
E1
E2
E3
English
Fiction
General literacy / English
Reading

The first three stories in the wonderful Readwell Road reading scheme for adults. These three Entry Level 1 stories introduce the people who live at the pub, the shop and at no. 1 (a bungalow).

Level
E1
English
Fiction
General literacy / English
Reading

An amazing series of 16 worksheets that focus on the 100 most frequent words as used in the school-based Letters & Sounds reading scheme (available free – for details see teaching notes within the resource or visit http://nationalstrategies.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/ and type Letters and Sounds in the search box).

Level
E1
English
Rs/E1.1
Rt/E1.1
Rw/E1.2
AL Rw/E1.1
Ws/E1.1
Ww/E1.1

A fun text to discuss in class. Use as focus on humour in writing, vocabulary and borrowed words, etc. Optional picture clues are provided to help students discover the meaning of eight Japanese words.

Level
L1
English
Rw/L1.3
Rw/L1.2
Word origins

An excellent and refreshingly different circular writing activity that encourages students to explore a range of styles and write for different purposes. Ideal for consolidating work on purpose of text. The sample texts (you will never think of making a cup of tea in the same way again!) make a super resource in their own right.

Level
L1
L2
English
Rt/L1.2
Rt/L2.2
Wt/L1.4
Wt/L2.6

An L1-2 investigation that covers direct proportion (best buy), and rounding / calculating with money /decimals. Two options are included: students can either research Easter egg and chocolate prices on internet shopping sites or use those given. In both cases they must investigate the cost per 100g chocolate and work out the best buy. Final extension work includes consideration of ‘buy one get one free’ and ‘two for £…’ offers.

Editor’s note. New update for 2016 – based on supermarket prices in February 2016

Level
L1
L2
English
General literacy / English
Maths
AN N2/L1.7
AN N2/L1.6
N2/L1.5
MSS1/L1.1
AN N1/L2.3
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service

A brilliant resource – especially for younger, teenage students. Includes an original poem, discussion of slang, background info on Valentine’s Day, writing and speaking ideas.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Poetry
Rt/E3.1
Rt/L1.1
Rt/E3.2
Rt/E3.7
Rw/L1.2
SLc/L1.1
Wt/E3.1
Wt/L1.1
Wt/L2.1
Wt/L1.3
Wt/L2.3
Context
History

Written specially for a non-reader who would not visit the doctor because of the touch screen booking system. Makes good reading practice (also following instructions) even for those who don’t need to use such a system.

Level
M7
M8
E1
English
Rt/E1.1
Pre-entry
pE Rtc/M7.3
pE Rtc/M8.3
Context
Independent living

A wonderful, illustrated story written by Tracy Richardson, when she was a Level 1 Literacy learner at Henley College, Coventry.

Submitted by her tutor, Robert Holt, who suggests using this story with Entry 2-3 learners for reading comprehension / reading in detail, recognising high frequency words, adjectives, phonics & decoding (especially consonant clusters).

Level
E2
E3
English
Fiction
Rt/E2.1
Rt/E3.1
Rt/E3.8
Rw/E3.5
Rw/E2.2
Rw/E2.1
Ws/E2.2

A trip to the cinema is an interactive narrative that follows family as they select a film to see (skimming and scanning), catch the bus (buying a ticket), ask for directions to the cinema, buy cinema tickets and snacks!
Provides prompts, dialogue scripts, maps and other ideas for speaking and listening work. Ideal for revision or recapping after student have covered buying things, giving directions, asking for information, etc.
Please read the notes area on slide 1 of this PPT for teaching ideas, curriculum links, etc.

Level
E1
ESOL
ESOL Lr/E1.3b
ESOL Rt/E1.1b
ESOL Rw/E1.1a
ESOL Sc/E1.2a
ESOL Sc/E1.3b
ESOL Sc/E1.3c
ESOL Sc/E1.4c
Context
Art Film Media Music TV
Leisure Travel Tourism