Fluent reading for adults

From beginner to bookworm

“There is so little available for older poor readers that is not demeaning. MRI treats adults as adults. I really do think that these books will become firm favourites with Essential Skills literacy tutors and their students.” Senior Literacy Tutor
  • Engaging and humorous stories combined with research-based reading instruction
  • Emphasis on fluency through sustained reading of continuous text
  • Straightforward, photocopiable tutor-friendly guide
  • Structured, cumulative text with gradual increase in language complexity

For those scarred by years of educational failure, Mature Reading Instruction offers a thorough grounding in essential decoding skills, within witty, entertaining narratives.

From the tragicomedy of Henry VIII to the doom of an Aztec city, from the antics of Africa’s spider demi-god to the trials of Miss Elizabeth Bennet, from Hamlet’s insanity to Beowulf’s heroics, the fifty MRI books offer a darkly comic take on history, myths, folk tales and literary masterpieces.

Word count:
MRI Sets 1 and 2: 32,000
MRI Sets 3 and 4: 48,000

See Free Resources for copies of Set 1: Book 6: Macbeth
Set 2: Book 8: Story 3: Problems with the Number Nine
Set 3: Book 9: Story 3: Athena and Arachne
Set 4: Book 5: Extract from Pride and Prejudice
Plus progress assessment sheets and graphs.

The majority of older readers should start with Set 1 but students with very basic reading skills will benefit from the shorter and simpler Starter Set.

MRI also offers abundant Systematic Phonics practice for ESL (English as a Second Language) programmes.

MRI Tutor Guide

Tutor Guide Piper BooksThe photocopiable MRI Tutor Guide enables all teachers to assess exactly where a student is in his/her progress towards becoming a competent reader. Information and procedures are clearly and simply explained.

Contents include:
Practical Teaching Points, Initial and Final Assessment, Background Information About the Stories, Record Keeping, Fluency Practice, Copying and Dictation Exercises, Frequently Asked Questions, and Troubleshooting.

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A high-impact reading strategy for adults


MRI Set 1 Mature Reading Instruction,

MRI Set 1 Mature Reading Instruction
Books 1-10 £24.00


MRI Set 2 Mature Reading Instruction,

MRI Set 2 Mature Reading Instruction
Books 1-10 £24.00


MRI Set 3 Mature Reading Instruction,

MRI Set 3 Mature Reading Instruction
Books 1-10 £26.00


MRI Set 4 Mature Reading Instruction,

MRI Set 4 Mature Reading Instruction
Books 1-10 £26.00

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“MRI enthused her enough to forget about being dyslexic and have a go at reading.”Adult Tutor