Fast Track to Reading: Accelerated Reading Programme for EFL and ESOL Students Course Book with audio CDs

Peter Viney


An accelerated reading programme for adult learners of English unfamiliar with the Roman alphabet.

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ISBN: 9781859644898

CEF Level: A1  IELTS Level: 2.0 to 3.0

Product Description


Fast Track to Reading: Accelerated Learning for EFL and ESOL Students

Fast Track to Reading is an accelerated reading programme designed for adult learners of English who are not readily able to read the Roman alphabet. It can be used for students who cannot read at all and for students who cannot cope with reading at speed.

It is designed for adult learners of English who already have a concept of reading: those who can read and write in a linear phonetic language such as Arabic or Farsi, and those who are conversant with pictographic languages such as Mandarin or Cantonese. However, it can also be used with students who have yet to gain a concept of reading.

Fast Track to Reading can be used before starting a course where reading is an integral element, or as a reading element in parallel with a simple starter-level course. In mixed ability classes where only some students are unfamiliar with the English alphabet, the programme can be used for self-study outside class.

Key Features

  • Designed to facilitate decoding of Roman script
  • For students who are learning to read in English and for students who cannot cope with reading at speed
  • Accelerates learning in a programmed manner
  • Can be used in parallel with a simple starter-level English course
  • Contains global reading to enhance relevance and motivation
  • Audio CD for further self-study or homework
  • Comprehensive teaching notes
  • Introduction in four different languages: Arabic, Farsi, Mandarin and Urdu

Contents include:

  • short vowels and consonants,
  • two letter representing one sound,
  • long vowels,
  • consonant clusters,
  • vowel + consonant + vowel,
  • the names of the letters,
  • long vowels and their relation to consonants,
  • alternative vowel sounds for the same spelling,
  • silent letters

Format: Paperback


Unit 1: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Unit 2: A T I N
Unit 3: E P
Unit 4: M D
Unit 5: O
Unit 6: G V
Unit 7: H L
Unit 8: U C
Unit 9: B S
Unit 10: R
Unit 11: Y W J
Unit 12: F X Z
Unit 13: K CK
Unit 14: QU TH WH
Unit 15: SH CH TCH
Unit 16: OO
Unit 17: EE EA
Unit 18: BE ME
Unit 19: AY AI
Unit 20: NO OA~ OE.
Unit 21: AR
Unit 22: ST~ ~ST
Unit 23: CR TR
Unit 24: BR DR FR GR PR
Unit 25: A~E
Unit 26: I~E
Unit 27: O~E
Unit 28: A B C D E
Unit 29: BL CL FL GL PL SL
Unit 30: ~ND ~NK ~NT ~NCH
Unit 31: SC SK SM SN SP SW
Unit 32: ~NG
Unit 33: OR ORE AW
Unit 34: OW OU
Unit 35: ~Y
Unit 36: OY ~OI~
Unit 37: IR UR OR
Unit 38: ~CE CE~ CI~
Unit 39: ~ER
Unit 40: EER EAR ERE
Unit 41: AIR ~ARE
Unit 42: EW UE
Unit 43: ~ELL ~ILL ~ALL ~ULL
Unit 45: U~E
Unit 46: ~(TT)LE ~(T)LE
Unit 47: ~OLD ~OULD
Unit 48: TH TH~ ~TH ~THE
Unit 49: 1 2 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH
Unit 50: STR SPR SCR
Unit 52: ~GE GE~
Unit 53: O OU OW
Unit 54: PH ~GH
Unit 55: KN GN WR WH
Word list

Author details

Peter Viney started teaching English in 1971, after a research MA in English and American Studies. He is the co-author of many popular textbook series in both British English and American English, including Streamline English, New American Streamline, Grapevine, Main Street, Survival English, Basic Survival, Handshake and IN English. He is the co-author with his wife, Karen Viney, of thirteen video courses, including the English Channel series, the Grapevine Video series, Mystery Tour, Only in America, A Weekend Away and A Week By The Sea, as well as the ELT adaptations of Wallace and Gromit in A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave. He is also the author of self-study video-led materials.

Peter was series editor of the Storylines series of graded readers, as well as the author of the Departures in Reading and Connections in Reading supplementary series for developing basic reading skills. He has written many graded readers for the Storylines series, as well as Striker! in the Penguin Readers series, and he has maintained a major interest in extensive reading. Peter co-wrote Learn English Handwriting and Basic English Reading Programme in the 1980s, designed to teach initial writing and reading to students from non-Roman alphabet cultures. Peter revisited this area with Fast Track to Reading (Garnet Education 2009).

He has lectured and conducted teacher training seminars in many countries, and lives in Poole, UK.


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