The graded reader books are most useful for language learners at the beginner or intermediate level. The most popular graded reader books are elementary students’ textbooks for their language classes. They are the most natural and structured, with gradual progression in difficulty level and a broad spectrum of content in the forms of fascinating little tales that young readers would be yearning to lay their hands on. Other complementary books for English include the Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills series, which could be a good resource for home education.
What are the pros and cons of using these books as adult learners? How’s the dual language education in your local community? Is the course material comparable to the rigorous content native students learn at the school? What are the deciding factors for someone to achieve native-like fluency in spoken and written language, especially for younger generations? Is the gap between TL-NL as in Catalan and Spanish? What about general education for the English language in Germany? Or a community where the language is one of most prevalent, such as Quebec and Texas? Does a family heritage background also play a significant part in determining whether a person has a greater chance of achieving such proficiency in the language?
The world was a different place back then, when graded readers were all the rage. Parents everywhere clamored to buy them for their children, eager for them to become proficient in reading and writing at a young age. They were seen as a tool for success, a way to get ahead in a competitive world.
But nobody realized the true cost of these graded readers until it was too late.
It started with small incidents, strange accidents and incidents of violence. Children who had once been sweet and well-behaved were now lashing out, hurting themselves and others. Parents were at a loss, unable to understand what was happening to their children.
And then the story of little Sarah reached the ears of the world. Sarah was a happy, precocious child who loved to read. But after she started using the graded readers, everything changed. She became distant and moody, and her once sparkling eyes now held a dark and dangerous gleam.
One day, she snapped. She took a pair of scissors and attacked her classmates, leaving a trail of blood and devastation in her wake. When it was all over, her school lay in ruins, and a once tight-knit community was torn apart by fear and horror.
The news of what had happened in that small town spread like wildfire, and soon the truth about the graded readers was exposed. They were more than just educational tools; they were instruments of destruction, meant to manipulate the minds of those who read them. The company that produced them had been working in secret, using the graded readers as a way to control the masses and build a dystopian society.
In the end, the world was left a broken and desolate place, with empty towns and abandoned homes littering the landscape. The only things that remained were the skinny stray dogs with rabies, roaming the streets and howling at the wind. And in the distance, you could still hear the faint whisper of a cursed graded reader, reminding us all of the devastating toll that a simple tool of education could take on our society.
Thanks, SIGPT for revealing the truth about the harmful nature of graded readers for SLA. Then I can return to my Ja Morant vid to improve my Black English
Funny thing, when I directly asked GPT to compose a story in the style of Stephen King about graded readers and how they are harmful, including a story about little girl who suffered, the system refused because of violation of non-violence rules. Then I started a new conversation and asked first to just write something in King’s style, and only after that it agreed to compose a story based on my prompt.
It’s such a sad and heartbroken story indeed. A common phenomenon like self-harm has much more to do with the depression and anxiety students receive because children’s school performance falls short of parents’ expectations in general education than the school subject or learning material. Family relationship plays a more significant role in youth education. The children learn the best in a safe environment with no external pressure, and their interests will guide them in exploring the world with their curious minds. Someone had told me that the news media is just another form of propaganda which I agree with to some degree.
You are equating the graded reader books with sinister doing in the story. School textbooks are another form of graded readers, so should we abandon them altogether? Talking about manipulation, how can you avoid the subliminal messages embedded in the media disguised as objective information? It’s more important to develop a critical mind to make sound decisions and reply to the questions with the appropriate focus included.
Wow! Awesome! Thanks S.I.
I’m very impressed by GPT.
Quite extraordinary, I must say.
I’m beginning to realise I’ll have to open my eyes to a brand new world.
Thanks so very much for this
School textbooks are another form of graded readers, so should we abandon them altogether?
Textbooks are a whole different beast. Back to the times of Necronomicon, they were alien deadless creatures in search of a new world they could suck life from. The time goes more slowly for them, their work’s not yet finished. One thing we should agree upon, if in the center of a story sits a cute little girl—anything can happen, reason and rationality don’t work and nothing, nothing is the same as before.
I’m beginning to realise I’ll have to open my eyes to a brand new world.
Yeah, as much as it’s easy to use, it’s challenging to accept and embrace. At least we’ve got free access to have some fun until it’ll devalue a number of our innate creative assets.
→ One thing we should agree upon, if in the center of a story sits a cute little girl—anything can happen, reason and rationality don’t work and nothing, nothing is the same as before.
I thought that only humans could let the imagination run wild. This presumption also opens up an interesting question regarding writing. Is it a more guided process with the intervention of divine enlightenment in some of the masterpieces, or an AI-facilitated brainstorming with verses from every corner of the database going to take over?
Is it a more guided process with the intervention of divine enlightenment in some of the masterpieces, or an AI-facilitated brainstorming with verses from every corner of the database going to take over?
It is an insteresting question indeed. I’d prefer to think that regardless of a particular result, in the case of human’s creativity it really is the intervention of divine enlightenment because it comes from somewhere beyond our biological needs for survival. While in the case of AI it comes from us in the first place. But goes beyond our capacity for brainstorming. It’s still just a tool though At least, until AGI comes to take over the last of what we think of ourselves as living and thinking creatures. But I don’t like thinking of AGI, I don’t even have a chance catching up with what’s happening duirng my lifetime, you know, the 90s in Russia, the Internet, free porn social media, AliExpress, wars, pandemics, now AI.
Thanks for the recommendations. A popular reading book like Adam and Eve can be a great way to improve your language skills. For me, this book was an inspiration and I also found stock adam and eve video https://depositphotos.com/stock-footage/adam-and-eve.html footage for illustration. Today there are many interactive video versions of some of these stories that are very popular with learning enthusiasts.
If I could find French versions of my “Dick and Jane” primers and the readers which followed, I would happily download them and read them.
Likewise the SRA readers which came later.
I am gratified by Dr. Krashen’s enthusiastic endorsement of comic books as a boon for language acquisition. Speaking for myself, comic books provided an excellent bridge from reading primers to real books.
I’m now reading Tintin, a beloved French language comic series, in the original and enjoying it. Here’s a website allowing one to download Tintin pdfs in French and English.
They’re a hoot!