Q: The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary
The reader contains nine stories based on human rights issues. They are written specifically for adults at Adult Literacy Fundamental English (ALFE) level 4, and the words in the stories are level appropriate. New vocabulary is bolded throughout each story making reference to those taught in the accompanying course pack. They are also found in the glossary in appendix 1 of the reader for further reinforcement. If I were to use the reader as a standalone, I would make students aware of the glossary in the appendix of the reader. There is an effective table of contents at the beginning of the reader and a glossary at the end.
Comprehensiveness Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased
Reader 4 includes nine stories using examples of everyday people who took a human rights stand. The content is relevant to adult literacy learners and is accurate, error-free and unbiased.
Content Accuracy Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement
The contents cover topics that are relevant to adult literacy learners. New contents around the reader’s theme could easily be adapted or added to.
Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used
The text is written in plain language and at an appropriate level for the ALFE level 4 student. The pictures support the context of each story.
Clarity Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework
The reader is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework.
Consistency Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.
Each story is written independently; therefore, the reader can easily be divided into nine separate stories that could be assigned at different times in the course.
Modularity Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion
The reader contains nine stories based on human rights issues. The stories include: Our Human Rights, Viola Desmond, Nellie McClung, Tommy Douglas, Joy Kogawa, Jim Egan, Elijah Harper, Gabor Maté and Standing up for Your Human Rights. Though the stories in the reader are independent of each other, they are presented in a logical and clear fashion.
Organization Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader
The font size and pictures in Reader 4 (print version) are appropriate for adult literacy students at this level. The font size and line spacing in the online view can be adjusted if needed.
Interface Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text contains no grammatical errors
I did not notice any grammatical errors in this reader.
Grammar Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds
Engaging stories are used throughout the theme that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds.
Cultural Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: Are there any other comments you would like to make about this book, for example, its appropriateness in a Canadian context or specific updates you think need to be made?
The author has done a remarkable job making sure the reader and supplementary course pack work well together. The combination of the reader and course pack meet all of the BC ALFE provincial level 4 articulation outcomes.
The review of Reader 4 is based on the print version printed by SFU Document Solutions and not the online version.