Both teachers and students have access to additional
Reading Basics resources on this website:

  • MP3 Recordings of all the articles in the Readers
  • Graphic Organizers
  • TABE® Correlation Charts
  • Language Development Activity Sheets
  • Interactive online lessons

Reading Basics is designed for adult learners who want to improve their reading ability for a variety of reasons. For example, learners may want to increase their everyday reading skills, get a new job or a promotion, or attain a credential. Still others are English Language Learners who are interested in furthering their skills in both reading and communicating.

Reading Basics aligns closely with the current research and
practices of evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) to
inform instruction. This research emphasizes four essential
components of reading: alphabetics (phonics and word
analysis), vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.


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To serve these diverse learners, the program is divided into
four levels: Introductory, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, and Advanced. Each book in Reading Basics encompasses a range of reading grade levels.

The Reading Basics program has the following components:
  • Four Student Editions
    Reading skill instruction
    Strategic and authentic workplace documents
    Practice with sounds, word analysis, and vocabulary
    Pretest, unit assessments, and posttest
  • Four Student Readers
    Fifteen high-interest, nonfiction articles per book
    Definitions for key words at point of use
    Graduated reading levels within each book
    Comprehension and critical-thinking exercises
  • An Instructor’s Guide
    Overview of the Reading Basics Program
    Lesson plans and answer keys
    Fluency instruction
    Language development activities
    Workplace skill activities
  • This Website
   

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