The Liz and Joe Series

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The Liz and Joe Series By Jennie Cole

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The Liz and Joe Series is a collection of reading books for new readers, and particularly suitable for ESOL learners. 

Developed for adults who are learning English as a second language, these short stories, illustrated with colour photographs and presented in a comic book style, are a fun way to build vocabulary around daily life.

Aimed at Entry level 1 and 2 ESOL learners, the series is popular with students, who enjoy following the same characters, seeing different aspects of their lives and comparing everyday situations with their own. 

The 8 titles in the series are:

  • Joe's Surprise
  • Liz and Joe Have a Day Out
  • Liz Gets a Gas Bill
  • The Missing Cat
  • Liz and Joe Go on Holiday
  • Liz Turns 50
  • Liz Goes to the Hairdressers
  • Joe Buys a New Jumper

Individually priced at £5.25, you can buy the full set of 8 books for only £40.00

Additional Information

ISBN / EAN 9781842311677
Author Jennie Cole
Publisher Gatehouse
Reading Level No
  • Funny and reflect everyday life

    My students love the Liz and Joe books. They are funny and the topics reflect everyday life. Great photos and in a format that is easily accessible.

    Thomas Hewson 17 November 2018
  • Love these books!

    I discovered these books in the local library. They are fabulous for my low level literacy learners and full of humour. Students like them because they touch on everyday topics they can relate to. Please can we have more like this!

    Sheelagh Croft 2 May 2018
  • Fab new books!

    The new Liz and Joe books have gone down really well with our ESOL learners and the books were all borrowed in a couple of days from the College library. As a Librarian, it is great to find some reading books that are aimed at entry level adult students, with pictures to help tell the story, along with engaging and humorous plotlines. In particular enjoyed reading ‘Liz goes to the hairdressers’; Joe’s facial expressions are hilarious whilst he is waiting for Liz to decide what haircut to have. Well done Jennie!

    Susanna Carter 14 October 2016
  • Great characters

    I use the Liz and Joe books with my adult learners. They love reading about the characters and find them funny. The photos make for a realistic read, allowing my learners to identify with the characters. They are particularly fond of Joe's Surprise, as they loved seeing photos of the market.

    Mark Hanson 16 September 2016
  • Love the comic book format

    I love how colourful your books are. English is my second language, so I have a bit of personal interest in library ESOL resources. I understand when a person’s vocabulary is limited, the pictures become more important as a way of making sense of the story. Your books get the learner involved and able to absorb the vocabulary by the use of such lively images.

    As a second language learner, rather than trying to learn from plain text books, I would buy a magazine with glossy picture stories that grabbed my attention more. I found these really helped me to engage with the book. This is why I love the comic book format of your books.

    Well done and keep on writing.

    Iwona Cieniuch, Library Facilitator 5 June 2014

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