Ready to Read, designed for high-beginning students of English as a second language, features interesting stories about real people living and working in the United States. Each of the nine independent chapters contains extensive pre- and post-reading exercises. Every chapter develops grammar and strategies for improving reading skills. The many photos and illustrations help readers understand the vocabulary and concepts presented. Topics for discussion, activities for building ideas, and role-plays are also included in every chapter. Twenty supplemental readings at the back of the book provide additional opportunities for reading practice. The product of years of development, Ready to Read will help students gain confidence in their reading ability.