Our ESL collection of eBooks is designed to help your children consolidate classroom learning at home or at school, and links to common themes being covered in the classroom, as well as covering cultural aspects of life in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Australia. Often school textbooks offer an assortment of vocabulary and grammar activities, but lack reading materials at a level appropriate for students who are beginning to learn English. Our series aims to provide this reading material so that students can practice the conversational vocabulary being taught in the classroom in a short book format, consolidating classroom learning. Each eBook also comes with audio buttons so that students can listen to the stories independently and in group settings. Our free online eBooks can be viewed on any device with Internet, and can also be displayed on SMART Boards for group lessons. The eBooks are also available in a printable PDF format.
The eBooks are divided into 3 different levels, and follow the lives of Jason Miller and his cousin Janet Wilson. Each level introduces new vocabulary and additional grammar. Additionally, within each level, two types of books are provided:
a) Reading Comprehension: The reading comprehension books are written from the point of view of either Jason Miller or Janet Wilson. They are meant for students to learn how to describe themselves, their interests, their family lives and where they come from. Some are also written in email or letter writing format. Each level also includes reading comprehension books that address different aspects – climate, geography, food, activities, cultural celebrations, etc., of the following areas: the United States, Canada, Great Britain & Australia.
b) Conversational: The conversational books are written in dialogue format so that students can practice reading conversations, and see how the vocabulary being taught fits into real life context.
Beginner: The beginner series of thematic eBooks focus on an eighteen-year-old boy named Jason Miller. Students will be introduced to Jason's family, friends, and school life. They will also learn about what there is to see and do in New York State.
Themes Covered: About me, Activities, Friends, Family, Interests, School, School Supplies, Shopping, Seasons, Making Plans, New York State
Grammar Covered: Present Continuous Tense, Subject Pronouns, Possessive Adjectives, Singular/Plural Nouns, Definite/Indefinite Articles, Simple Present Tense, Adjectives, Possessive Nouns, Asking Questions, Prepositions, Numbers
Intermediate: In the beginner series, Jason introduced his cousin Janet who lives in Vancouver, Canada. The intermediate thematic eBooks explore Janet's life and interests as she shops and dines in Vancouver.
Themes Covered: About me, Activities, Friends, Family, Interests, Clothing, Food, Home, Chores, Making Plans, Shopping, British Columbia.
Grammar Covered: Present Continuous Tense, Subject Pronouns, Possessive Adjectives, Definite/Indefinite Articles, Simple Present Tense, Adjectives, Possessive Nouns, Asking Questions, Prepositions, Time Expressions, Future Tense, Simple Past Tense, Object Pronouns.
Advanced: In the advanced level series, both Janet and Jason embark on separate adventures. Janet travels to London, England to visit her cousin Courtney Davies during the Christmas break. Jason has enrolled in an exchange program and spends a semester in Sydney, Australia. During this time he makes new friends, travels, and learns about the Australian people.
Themes Covered: Travel, Transportation, Hotel, Holidays, Family, Friends, Food, Celebrations, Shopping, Tourism, Weather, School, Health, Interests, Camping, Daily Routines, Technology, Great Britain, Australia.
Grammar Covered: Present Continuous Tense, Simple Present Tense, Adjectives, Asking Questions, Prepositions, Time Expressions, Future Tense, Simple Past Tense (Regular/Irregular Verbs), Comparatives/Superlatives, Imperatives, Partitives, Count/Non-count Nouns, Conditional Tense, Past Continuous Tense.
From our ESL Printables section, you may purchase worksheets, lesson plans and assessments that can be downloaded and printed. Certain programs, such as Page Marker, Web Paint and Microsoft Edge, will allow students to type directly on the worksheets and print them out.
Literature Circles Program:
You may also purchase our Literature Circles program from our ESL Printables section, which includes:
To learn more about how to use Literature Circles in your second language classroom, and the benefits for your students, please view our presentation.