From the Editor
All authors have designs in their compositions for the readers to explore and discover. Through the reading process, they hope readers can think in the same way they do, or, maybe agree with their ways of interpreting things. Good readers actively engage themselves in predicting and analyzing events and plots in hopes to be as good a mastermind as the author in orchestrating stories. Poor readers, on the other hand, usually fail to see the intended grand design or are often reluctant in finding the plot devices in writing. Thus, reading comprehension cannot be achieved merely by scanning for the obvious as in many reading tests used in schools and certainly not by occasionally reading one or two books for schoolwork. It takes much more effort and years of training of the eyes and mind to become a proficient reader.
With such understanding, Kaiser Kastle has been committed in publishing all kinds of ELT materials for children since 1994. We have put our emphasis on early literacy with publications to include course books, phonics books, teaching props, stories and graded readers. Teachers who have been users of our publications for the past years must have witnessed our growth and devotion to English education in Taiwan. We are often the first to experiment new strategies in the classrooms, to introduce and promote modern pedagogy to teachers who join our training sessions in which they usually take home some great ideas to energize their teaching practice.
English, as a global language, has become an essential means of communication for modern people without a doubt. Therefore, the demand for more hours in the curriculum has turned into the need to provide Content and Language Integrated Learning in schools so that English is not taught as one of the subjects, but is meaningful in real context of different classes. As a publisher, we embrace eclectic approach, and as a returning editor-in-chief of Kaiser Kastle after teaching college students for 20 years, the bottom line for me is to make English teaching easy and English learning, fun, of course.
Editorial Manager, Kaiser Kastle