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  1. Crawford Kilian Says:
    December 9th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    This is a super resource, and I’m going to post about it on my Shoptalk site, which is about teaching and learning English. I’ll also let my overseas pen pals know about it.

    Thanks very much, Joan!

  2. Loraine Wong Says:
    December 10th, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Another great project. Over the years, I’ve used many of these articles, always with good response. I’m glad to see them available again.

  3. Edward Paye Says:
    December 10th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Kudos To Capilano University for supporting this valuable resource. People will be using and reusing these stories and activities for a very long time.

  4. Elise Padou Says:
    December 10th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    As a long-time user of The Westcoast Reader (14 years), I am delighted to see familiar stories — the Mexican Mountie, the Sedin twins, and my all-time favourite the 90 year old track star, Olga– to name just a few. Thank you, Joan, for bringing your usual care and understanding to this new resource.

  5. Kaylee Carr Says:
    December 10th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Some of my ESL colleagues and I judge a new text or whatever with “Can I use it Monday morning?” Well, I was looking around for something on Hanukkah for my students for tomorrow and found Holidays and Special Days on this website with a great story, photo, drawing, and exercises on the holiday. I printed the page and exercises. Perfect. Prep done.

  6. Jennifer Walsh Marr Says:
    December 13th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Great to see these thematically arranged resources. The WCR has always been a wonderful resource, and this compilation makes it more user-friendly than ever. I appreciate how both culture and linguistic skills are approached, as well as the gentle emphasis on diversity within the stories. The variety of stories serves as a catalyst for discussion, and the accompanying activities offer many suitable extensions.
    A welcome addition.

  7. Katherine Stanley Says:
    December 16th, 2009 at 8:48 am

    This is a fantastic resource! I run a program staffed by English-speaking volunteers who live here in Costa Rica and offer conversational English sessions. I know the volunteers often search for printed materials that can help reinforce what they do during their weekly sessions, but it is always such a challenge to find reading material for adults (or teens) at different levels, which is why I’ve long wished we had a Westcoast Reader here. These books will be very useful. Thank you!

    Katherine Stanley
    Academic Coordinator
    Costa Rica Multilingüe

  8. Sarah Burwood Says:
    December 17th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    As a teacher trainer at Vancouver Community College I am always looking for new materials to enhance my courses. This is a super resource for teachers new to the field. Teaching at low levels can be very challenging and these articles and worksheets provide a model for trainee teachers showing how interesting and meaningful lessons might be developed. I have always used the Westcoast Reader in my classes and this provides an excellent addition that can be accessed on-line. It is also a lovely resource for practicing ESL teachers and I am sure students will enjoy reading about real people doing real jobs in Vancouver. For teachers overseas it also provides a nice slice of Vancouver life and provides a welcome respite from endless lessons on the Olympics! It is also beautifully presented. Thank you.

  9. Diana Twiss Says:
    December 18th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Congratulations Joan on keeping The Westcoast Reader alive! This series of books will be widely received by a very hungry teaching public. Let me know what Literacy BC can do to help spread the word, and links, to this terrific resource. We have it posted on our website, http://www.literacybc.ca under Latest News, and will distribute them through our lending library for those who may want hard copies. Keep up the great work.

    Diana Twiss
    Director of Literacy Development
    Literacy BC

  10. Jan Weiten Says:
    December 22nd, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Thank you so much for this resource! The instructors in the Basic Education Dept. at Vancouver Community College are excited to have your work so readily available. I have also received several requests to make some hard copies available for our students, so I am in the process of checking this out with our Duplicating Dept. Your hard work and dedication to adult literacy has been greatly appreciated by all of us over the years, and we are thrilled that you are still so very much in the game!

  11. Laurie Gould Says:
    January 3rd, 2010 at 11:15 am

    What a valuable resource! Congratulations to you, Joan, and to Cap. U. for providing easy access to these relevant, plain language, high interest materials in such an attractive, thematic on-line format. I have used your Westcoast Reader articles and Teacher’s Notes with my adult literacy students since 1982 and am delighted to see many of our favorites available for a new generation of literacy learners and providers. Please keep them coming.

  12. Lori Walker Says:
    January 5th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I want to thank you for your wonderful additions to our Community of Literacy Practice website. I first saw the “Best of the Reader” link on the Literacy BC site and planned to add it to our “What’s New” Blog on Friday, and then I discovered you’d added it in our resources. They look wonderful.

    Lori L. Walker
    Program Manager, Literacy
    2010 Legacies Now

  13. Janet Nicol Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    This is a great on-line resource Joan. You continue
    to provide useful, engaging ESL resources for learners.
    As an ESL teacher, I have appreciated the Westcoast
    Reader in the classroom–both in Vancouver and
    overseas. It’s great you are taking your expertise
    to a new level with on-line technology. All the best,

    Janet Nicol,
    Killarney Secondary School

  14. Joan Acosta Says:
    January 7th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you, Janet. I remember when you took The Westcoast Reader to Mongolia some years ago and shared it with teachers there.

    And to everyone else who has posted comments, I appreciate your support for Best of The Reader.

  15. Deborah Witherspoon Says:
    January 14th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I am teaching a group of ESL beginners at a Learning Centre and decided to tailor these new ebooks to their needs. I printed all the one book level stories and activities from each book (15 total) and made a booklet for each student. I even cut out the photos and made a collage for the cover. These will be our workbooks for a few weeks. I plan to add more pages to each story as we go along. I love the flexibility this resource offers. And my students love the variety of the stories.

  16. NAHID Says:
    January 19th, 2010 at 6:52 am


  17. Joan Acosta Says:
    January 19th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I am very happy to have a student add a comment. Thank you, Nahid. I am working on the other six e-books. Are there any topics you would like to read about?

  18. Wai Ying Chan Says:
    January 21st, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I am studying English in ELSA. My teacher is Karen. We like the e-books. They are interesting and excellent. They are easy for our class to read. We want more information about world news, Canada, more sports and about food.

  19. Judy Rose Says:
    January 21st, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Congratulations Joan,
    I am a long-time colleague at Capilano in the Faculty of Developmental Studies and I was thrilled to see the Best of the Reader come online. I knew from experience that these would be wonderful teaching materials so I immediately began to look for ways and means to copy the booklets through our printshop and to distribute them in class sets to 12 to 15 dept. locations throughout our region. The instructors are all enthusiastic and waiting patiently as I make good on my promise that they would receive class sets. I am fortunate to be a project manager this term, so Joan, being able to distribute your booklets feels as if it will be one of the most memorable and joyful tasks I take on. Thanks for all your years of work at Capilano enriching the teaching and learning lives of so many learners and instructors.

  20. Maggie Reagh Says:
    February 2nd, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Dear Joan,

    This is amazing work! Thank you for spending time to keep your legacy of work available for future generations of literacy and ESL students.

    I am sure that we will be able to use this as a resource for our CAC and Intermediate level ESL classes here at Capilano University.

    You are greatly missed!

    Maggie Reagh
    Department of ESL
    Capilano University

  21. Richard Darville Says:
    April 24th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    What a delight to find online these treasures from over so many years!

    Richard Darville
    Assistant Professor
    School of Linguistics & Language Study
    Carleton University

  22. Celia Monguio Says:
    August 16th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I have used all the e-books on this website with my ESL students. I have to say that I am most impressed with Canada’s Aboriginal People. Newcomers to Canada know so little about this subject and seem to quickly acquire misinformation and buy into the stereotypes. “Canada’s Aboriginal population” explains the three main groups so clearly and all the stories are interesting and positive — the Prince family, the woman who started the smoked salmon business, the amazing Susan Point, etc.

  23. C. Thomas Says:
    November 25th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    We used to have the English Express newspaper in Alberta
    for use in ESL classes, but they no longer publish it.

    So this web-site really fills in a gap for us ESL teachers

    Take a look teachers, it is especially good for the lower levels.

    ESL Instructor
    Edmonton, Alberta

  24. Ruth Baldwin Says:
    January 15th, 2011 at 9:23 am

    We love Best of The Reader and have found a very efficient way to use it. We had all of the books printed in color on slightly heavier paper. It was expensive, but the quality is unbelievable. We have each book in a binder and teachers in our program can choose to photocopy a class set of one or two of the stories and exercises, or they can do a whole book if they like. It is great to have permission to photocopy all of this material. With textbooks we have to be so very careful what we photocopy for classroom use as our print shop is strict about copyright rules. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this wonderful FREE resource.

    Ruth Baldwin

  25. Joan Acosta Says:
    January 16th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing your ideas for using the e-books, Ruth. I did a workshop a couple of weeks ago for a group of ESL teachers and found that they had come up with another strategy for using the e-books with their students. They had laminated color copies of all the stories which they kept in file folders. Clipped to the stories were photocopies of the accompanying exercises. They had also added a few exercises based on the stories that they had developed themselves. Students could take the laminated stories and read them for pleasure, or they could read the stories and do the exercises. I have always been an advocate of pleasure reading—even for literacy-level learners—so I was pleased to see that many of the students in the classroom I visited were sitting on their own or in small groups reading and enjoying the stories.

  26. Maureen Hawks-Smith Says:
    December 6th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I have now used all the ebooks on this site (except for the newest one) with a diverse group of students and I am delighted with their theme-based approach, Canadian content, wonderfully simple layout, and above all the way in which the stories engage readers of all ages and at all levels.

    Thank you so much, Joan, for all your hard work! It is much appreciated.

    Maureen Hawks-Smith

  27. Elizabeth Abraham Says:
    October 24th, 2012 at 7:34 am

    I came to this site through tutela.ca and I am so glad I did. You guys are doing a great job…everything is so beautifully organised. I love the resources on your site…gives me more time with my family as I can now just print and go. I’ve been looking for Canada-related materials to use with my adult LINC students. Tutela is a dream site which I joined just a few days ago…having been pointed in that direction by my ESL manager, Cindy Coleman, at the Centre for Newcomers, N.E Calgary. I am also a substitute LINC teacher at the YMCA. I get mostly everything I need from Tutela now…printables and links to sites like yours. Thank you once again for being there.


  28. Joan Acosta Says:
    October 27th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks, Elizabeth. I hope your comment will encourage other teachers to go to the Tutela site. Tutela.ca is a national online repository of learning activities, worksheets, templates, teacher training resources, curriculum guidelines, policy and management documents, and research papers. It offers ESL/EFL professionals a means to collaborate and share through special interest groups, wikis, news feeds, a calendar of events, and more.

  29. Caroline Higgins Says:
    October 9th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I am an English as an Additional Language teacher in the Nova Scotian public school system, and I use these books quite often with my junior high and high school students. I especially like how the content introduces students to Canadian culture. Thank you for sharing these resources!

    Caroline S. Higgins
    EAL Teacher, International Services
    Halifax Regional School Board

  30. Marc Young Says:
    November 6th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I just learned about this amazing resource and want to thank you for the time and effort you have put into it. I have been a fan of your work for many years and am delighted to once again be able to use your material with my ESL students. I have gone to the expense (a King’s ransom) to print ALL the books to share with the other teachers in my program. I hope you will add more.

    Marc Young

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