READ 50-125 ,
A SET OF WONDERFUL BOOKS WHICH MAKE
LEARNING ENGLISH EASY
With the globalization, the English language has become
more important all over the world. Each
day there are millions of people learning English as second language
particularly in China. There are so many people who are eager to have
a good command of English. They devote much of their energy and money
to learning this language. Unfortunately, they only find it frustrating
and difficult for them to get a good command of this number one language
in the world. So we have to ask ourselves what have caused this difficulty?
In my opinion, one of the most important factors is
that the learners do not have books which can arouse their interest
in learning the language. Fortunately, we now have the READ 50-125 series.
I am a visiting scholar at Michigan
in the Visiting International Professional Program, who came here August
2005. I am an associate professor of English as Second Language in Shanxi University of Finance and Economics in China.
My son of 12 came along with me and he did not know any English except
the 26 English letters when he arrived. By May of 2006, when he got
this set of books, his English had improved a lot, which enables him
use the books by himself. He feels that it is easy for him to do the
READ 50. The articles were so interesting that he liked to read all
of them and he is eager to move on to the Read 75. The Read 75, is a
little difficult but still interesting, and he likes the challenge.
He keeps telling me: “Mom, all the articles are interesting,
every time when I finish reading the articles, I look forward to doing
the exercises afterwards. The exercises help me understand what I just
learned and make the vocabulary easier for me to learn. I have learned
a great deal happily and easily. I like these books.”
As a language teacher, I think these books successfully
arouse the learners’ interest in learning and all the exercises help
the learners acquire what they should subconsciously, such as vocabulary
and grammar. Vocabulary and grammar are supposed to be so boring and
so hard for the learners to get but not with this series.
All teachers know that interest is the most important factor
in learning, it motivates students to be successful.
What I have learned from these books is that teachers should get high
interest books and let the students use them. It makes teaching a pleasure.
I am so proud of my son when
I am watch him use these books and make such
My main suggestion is that I think it would be better
for the learners if the books provided similar articles on different
levels of the books according to the vocabulary and grade for the readers.
For example, my son found the first article in Read 75 really appealing.
He wants to know more about the Niagara Fall, so if a more advanced
article could appear in Read 100 and Read 125 on the same topic, I think
it would build on the previous knowledge and give the learner something
to look forward to.