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Workplace Literacy Program Resources

Recommended Readings - Workplace Literacy

Weaver, Andrew J. (2011). Generation us : The challenge of global warming (Rapid reads).

  • Made available as ebook by ebrary:

Fry, Edward B. The Vocabulary Teacher's Book of Lists. (2004) San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass.

  • Description: The Vocabulary Teachers Book of Lists offers content for literally hundreds of vocabulary improvement lessons for elementary and secondary teachers, self-improving adults, home schoolers, and students studying for their SATs. While there are dozens of shorter high interest lists of words, the core of the book is based on Latin and Greek roots and prefixes. But the largest list is Homophones. In fact it is one of the largest lists of homophones you will ever use. This list, like many others, is appropriate for spelling lessons or writers reference as well as vocabulary improvement. 
  • Hesburgh Libraries Location: Hesburgh Library, PE 1449 .F79 2004

Pollard, J. (1886). Our naval heroes: in words of easy syllables. New York: McLoughlin.

  • Made available as ebook by HathiTrust:

Stallone, S. (1979). The best of Rocky and the complete Rocky II. Los Angeles: Fotonovel Publications.

  • Hesburgh Libraries Location: Hesburgh Library, PN 1997 .R647 1979

Tomalin, M., & Frazier, Charles. (2008). Cold mountain (Penguin readers. Level 5). Harlow, Essex: Pearson Education.

  • Hesburgh Libraries Location: Hesburgh Library, PR 6070 .O464 C65 2008



Websites for English Language

Learning English: Voice of America - "Launched in 1959, Learning English is VOA's multimedia source of daily news and information for millions of English learners worldwide. Audio programs and captioned videos are written using vocabulary at the intermediate and upper-beginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English. Online texts, MP3s and podcasts let people read, listen and learn American English and much more."

Classics List at the Center for the Book - The Library of Congress maintains several pages of readings at all levels. Some books are considered American Classics, and you can find those books on this website.

Webcasts by Book Authors at the Center for the Book - The Library of Congress hosts interviews and talks by famous writers. Listen here.

Adult Literacy Organizations

American Library Association

  • Literacy for All - ALA's online resource for libraries offering adult literacy services.

Authors to Try

Marina Budhos

  • Ask Me No Questions
  • House of Waiting
  • Tell Us We're Home

Roddy Doyle - An Irish author. "Roddy Doyle is the author of eight novels, a collection of stories, and Rory & Ita, a memoir of his parents. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. He lives and works in Dublin."

  • The Woman Who Walked Into Doors

Neil Gaiman - "I make things up and write them down. Which takes us from comics (like SANDMAN) to novels (like ANANSI BOYS and AMERICAN GODS) to short stories (some are collected in SMOKE AND MIRRORS) and to occasionally movies (like Dave McKean's MIRRORMASK or the NEVERWHERE TV series, or my own short film....)" -

  • Coraline
  • The Graveyard Book
  • Fortunately, the Milk
  • Stardust
  • The Thirteen Clocks
  • The Wolves in the Walls

Robb White 

  • Deathwatch
  • Flotsam and Jetsam: The Collected Adventures, Opinions, and Wisdom from a Life Spent Messing About in Boats