Availability is a popular word today and it is used in many kinds of contexts. Easy to Read offers the possibility to acquire written information and knowledge in an easier language. What does availability mean for Easy to Read literature?
Which age group is the book for? This question is common, but for Easy to Read literature there is no simple answer. Language and knowledge levels and interests, more than the reader’s age, define which book is suitable.
An Easy language book can deal with a difficult topic. A paradox? The question of easy and difficult is in reality about different aspects: readability and content.
Author, researcher and international trainer, Sabira Stahlberg, PhD, has written over twenty Easy to Read books and dozens of academic, popular science and fiction works. What inspires an academic and fiction author to write Easy to Read books?
The aim of Easy books is to support and encourage reading. Therefore both the book design and the pictures are simple and clear. The reader can fully concentrate on the text.
The step from the standardized language in a textbook to everyday spoken and written language could seems enormous. Easy to Read books can however bridge the gap between learning and using a language.
Teaching English to minority learners proved to be a challenge, especially when the learners had to get acquainted with new methods of learning at the same time.
My pupils in Bulgaria were used to a more traditional form of teaching. I wanted to propose my learning activities through new methodologies, which could motivate and inspire them.
My experience with Easy to Read books started a few years ago. I went to Bulgaria as a volunteer, helping minority pupils to learn English through new teaching approaches.
Many of Bokpil books discuss current topics such as climate change and pollution. In all our activities ecological consciousness and thinking are present.
by Eleonora Pannacci. Five- and three-year-olds: a real challenge, since I had never taught English to such young learners, who cannot yet read and write.
by Eleonora Pannacci. This summer I found myself in a small village called Golyamo Novo, which is situated in north-eastern Bulgaria. The village is mainly inhabited by Roma. My task was to teach English at the primary school and my main goal was to experiment a new teaching approach.