The East Enders Series will soon be published.
Developed for adults who are learning English as a second language, these short stories, set in the East End of London, offer an insight into life in the UK and are a useful tool for building vocabulary around everyday life. There are 7 titles in the series: A New Home, Fadumo Goes Shopping, My Son is Sick, From Here to There, Good Neighbours, Rima’s Day, My Mother-in-Law.
In 2003 the ESOL Outreach team at Tower Hamlets College gained funding from the East London ESOL Pathfinder to produce a pack of teaching materials relevant to the context of Outreach ESOL classes. Tower Hamlets College was the lead partner for the East London ESOL Pathfinder. The resulting pack of materials included 6 easy reading booklets for beginning ESOL learners. The reading booklets proved popular and it was suggested that we should try to get them published. We approached Avantibooks who agreed to publish them as a series entitled The New Eastenders, but those books are now out of print.
We are delighted that they have now been given a new lease of life by Gatehouse Books as the East Enders Series for a new generation of ESOL learners. We have added a seventh title to the series, called My Mother-in-Law, and a useful set of tutor resources and student worksheets. We hope you enjoy using them.
Marta Paluch & Mary Pierce