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Themes and content

In choosing stories and articles, we have considered themes that would be of interest to adult learners across all levels.

Very often, textbooks and graded readers at elementary level are written for young teenagers and feature topics that are too childish for older people who want to start learning English in their twenties or later.

We have tried to redress the balance by including stories written for adults and writing texts that deal with mature themes: everything from serial killers to history, from scientists to political conflict.

We do not claim that the non-fiction articles only include certifiable facts. Inevitably some reflect the opinions of the authors and they should not be regarded as reflecting any political agenda that Read Listen Learn is trying to propagate.

For our short stories, we have made a real effort to remain faithful to the intentions of the author. Although they have all been adapted for use as graded readers, we have strived to maintain the style of the author and we have not changed the order of events in a story or radically changed the plot.

We have attempted to include stories created by writers from as many English-speaking countries as we can, including the U.S.A., Scotland, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and England. However, there are many others that are translations from Russian, French, German, Norwegian, Finnish and Bengali.

We want to expand this list over time and would like to involve readers in doing so.