There are three groups of texts; the first group is easier than the second, and the second is easier than the third. Within each group the early texts are usually simpler than the later ones. It's not necessary, however, to start at the beginning and read through the whole book in order. We've provided you with a choice of topics so that you can look for things that interest you personally.
We believe that it's useful for you to begin reading authentic English as early as possible. Many texts therefore include extracts from books, magazines etc. Where such authentic material has been shortened - for reasons of difficulty, space or organisation - you'll see [. . .].
When you're reading, we suggest that you concentrate on general meaning first rather than trying to understand every word. In other words, try not to use a dictionary all the time. Where we feel that a dictionary would be particularly helpful, we tell you.
After the 1st few texts, there are tasks, marked *. These are there to give you help with meaning and opportunities to assess your reading, if you want them. These tasks are not tests of memory, so do look at the text while you're daing them. The answers to the tasks are on pages 59-60.
We hope you enjoy the book!