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Headlights: Firebird Graded Reader Level 1/500 Headwords
Marian Waller

Headlights: Firebird Graded Reader Level 1/500 Headwords

He's Firebird-the biggest star in the world. People everywhere listen to his music.He makes people want to dance.Luisa and her boyfriend Carlos love his music. Luisa wants to write a story about him for a music magazine.No one seems to know anything about Firebird,except TV star Hank Fortuna. When Luisa meets Hank Fortuna,he tells her that Firebird has a secret- avery dangerous secret. Luisa wants to know the truth. But then something terrible happens....... Headlights is a compelling ELT series of original fiction readers. Written especially for young adult and adult students of English as a foreign or second language, these engrossing stories will engage and entertain while improving English language skills. Genres range from thrillers and mysteries to science fiction and crime. Also available in printed form on www.ricpublications.jp


Headlights:Island Of Shadows Graded Reader Level 2/1000 Headwords
Sue Murray

Headlights:Island Of Shadows Graded Reader Level 2/1000 Headwords

At last! Meg visits the island of Kalymnos in Greece, the place her grandfather loved. But her grandfather is now dead. He wanted his ashes to be taken to the island. But Meg’s grandmother Hetty does not want Meg with her on Kalymnos. Since her husband died, Hetty has changed. She is often angry, and sad. Then, Hety disappears. But Meg is now alone on the island. Where is Hetty? And who is watching Meg from the shadows? Headlights is a compelling new series of original fiction readers. Written especially for young adult and adult students of English as a foreign or second language, these engrossing stories will engage and entertain while improving English language skills. Genres range from thrillers and mysteries to science fiction and crime.


Headlights:Murder On 45Th Street Graded Reader Level Three/1500 Headwords
Laurent Boulanger

Headlights:Murder On 45Th Street Graded Reader Level Three/1500 Headwords

Patricia Lunn takes on a hopeless case after an old friend from her days in uniform asks her to dig into a supposedly wrongful conviction of a serial rapist turned killer. But as she knocks at the doors of the city's most influential people, someone wants her dead before she finds out the truth. She uncovers a world filled with police corruption, racism, sexual debauchery and a killer who will do anything to protect his identity... including putting a contract on her head. Headlights is a compelling ELT series of original fiction readers. Written especially for young adult and adult students of English as a foreign or second language, these engrossing stories will engage and entertain while improving English language skills. Printed edition available from www.ricpublications.jp


Headlights:Deadly Love Graded Reader Level 4/2000 Headwords
Keith Morley

Headlights:Deadly Love Graded Reader Level 4/2000 Headwords

Ruth Cronin is young and pretty. She knows that David Allenby isn’t happy in his job as a reporter for a small-town newspaper. She knows that he isn’t happy with his girlfriend Karen, who thins more about her own career in politics than about David. Ruth says that she and David are meant for each other. When David thinks about her, he sometimes wonders if perhaps she is everything he wants. But David has no idea what Ruth really wants. Headlights is a compelling new series of original fiction readers. Written especially for young adult and adult students of English as a foreign or second language, these engrossing stories will engage and entertain while improving English language skills. Printed edition available from www.ricpublications.jp


Robinson Crusoe (ELT Classic Readers Level 1  600 Headwords)
Daniel Defoe

Robinson Crusoe (ELT Classic Readers Level 1 600 Headwords)

Robinson Crusoe is a young Englishman who leaves his comfortable home to seek adventure at sea. One day a fierce storm wrecks his ship, and the waves wash him onto an island. He is alone, with no food, no house and only the clothes he is wearing. Although Daniel Defoe wrote Robinson Crusoe nearly 300 years ago, people continue to be fascinated by this story of how Crusoe survived and made a life for himself on a lonely tropical island.


Gulliver's Travels ELT Classic Readers
Jonathan Swift

Gulliver's Travels ELT Classic Readers

When Gulliver,s Travels was first published in 1726, it was a huge success. People of all ages loved reading Swift,s story of Gulliver, a ship,s doctor, who travels to some very strange lands. There is Lilliput, where the tiny people are smaller than his hand, and Brobdingnag, a land of giants, where rats are the size of dogs. In the country ruled by the Houyhnhnms, creatures that look like horses but speak like humans, Gulliver learns many things. When he returns to England after his last journey, he is a changed man.


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2016-05-11

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E-Books in Schools
2016-05-11
PM 03:00

E-books are increasingly being used in classrooms by children as young as three - and they are making a big difference to the reading habits of boys. But there are concerns the expansion of electronic devices in schools may undermine the position of traditional paper books. E-books, where stories are loaded onto a tablet or laptop, are used in about two-thirds of schools across America, says the School Library Journal. But their use in English schools is sporadic. The National Literacy Trust has been conducting research over the past year to understand their impact. At 40 schools across the country, 800 children were encouraged to use e-books and share their feelings. 'Physical thing' The average project ran for four months. But over that period on average boys made 8.4 months of reading progress using them, compared to just 7.2 months of progress among girls. Reluctant readers also made good progress, with a 25% increase in boys reading daily. Perivale Primary School, in west London, took part in the research. Summit, who is 11, said: ''If you really want a book, you can just get it online. It's so easy and it's made me read more. I probably read every day now.'' 10-year-old Hebah disagreed. ''I've always been a real bookworm,'' she said. ''Personally I still prefer paperbacks, because I get more of the feel of the real book.'' ''We're just trying to create a bigger library,'' explained Jordan McNamara, who teaches using E-books in his classes. ''The children get to choose the books themselves. We're just after more reading, so anything we can do to get the kids to read more is great.'' Award winning children's poet and author Michael Rosen has reservations. ''It's really important to hang on to picture books,'' he said. ''We can pass them about, we can flip them, we can share them in ways that's quite difficult with tablets. That physical thing of sitting with a picture book in a classroom is important.'' 'Adaptability' He added: ''Something special goes on when our thoughts engage with print and picture. Words and pictures go together but they're not the same thing. It's like there's another story being told in a different way. ''With books for older children, text only books, it's less important. But picture books are very important for inspiring younger children and we cannot lose that.'' Researchers are now embarking on further studies to try and understand why boys in particular respond so well to E-books. Irene Picton, from the National Literacy Trust, said the findings so far suggest electronic books have a part to play in lessons. ''In focus groups children said the adaptability of E-books gave them more confidence to read. The text can be enlarged and the screen colour can be changed.'' Young readers also liked having books on their mobile devices so they could play games and socialise, but also read. She added: ''I'd describe E-books as a tool in the toolbox for anybody who knows a child who doesn't seem to like reading very much."