Graded reader

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A graded reader is a book intended for students to read.

The language is graded to a particular level. Students are often encouraged to read these for pleasure as this assists language acquisition. This is particularly true above intermediate level, where students hit the intermediate plateau and require a vast amount of comprehensible input but there isn't enough classroom time to cover all of it. Ideally, the level of the book should be i-1, where i is the student's level, i.e. it should be a little bit easy. This is because a large quantity of extensive reading is preferable to a small quantity of intensive reading.

Low level books often have a lot of pictures to provide context and increase comprehensibility.

Note that children's books are not so good for teenagers and adults at the same level. Graded readers can provide teen and adult-related themes.

Audio is often available (some of it is on Youtube, though that's probably a copyright violation), so students can listen and read, or just listen, as they like.

Publishers tend to aim books at teachers and librarians who buy them, rather than students. So there are lots of adaptations of classic literature, such as Shakespeare, the Bronte sisters, etc. But the tastes of teachers and students might vary somewhat!

Different publishers have different standards, and the author and editor might not have done a super fantastic job of grading the language, so it's difficult to compare. The headword count is a general guide, and if in doubt, start with a book that's a little bit easier, and move onto harder works once reading has been practised.

There unfortunately is a general lack of upper intermediate and advanced (C1) graded reades, and there may be a little jump to the next level which is young adult literature.

See Extensive Reading Foundation.