READING


Read, read, read! That is the key to improve your English skills; both your grammar and vocabulary get a free ride by reading and your structure and flow will also improve by exploring how others express themselves. (I know this is something ALL language teachers say, but you know what – it is actually true!)

English for everyone

EnglishForEveryone.org is your resource for printable English worksheets. On the left of this page you will find an index containing hundreds of quality teaching/learning materials. Can’t get enough of reading comprehension? Here’s a bunch of exercises!

Read Theory is a powerful educational tool that offers online reading activities for all ages and ability levels. It provides you as a student with a dynamic reading experience that adapts to your individual ability levels and presents a seemingly endless array of skill building exercises. As you continue to use the site and see your scores gradually improve, the system adapts to match your progress, and the materials presented get more advanced.

Sign up for free and gain access to over 1,000 interactive reading comprehension exercises.

Watch the video below to understand how Read Theory works.

 

 

 

 

Agenda Web – hundreds of free exercises to learn English online:  grammar exercises, verbs exercises,songs, vocabulary activities, listening, reading, videos. Phonetics, movies, grammar worksheets, flashcards, dictionary, learning…

Rewordify

Rewordify.com simplifies difficult English, and teaches you words quickly and effectively.

News in levels

News in Levels – world news for students of English in three different levels (1, 2 and 3).

Goodreads – Students who are English majors probably have a thing for books. What better way to keep track of all the books they have read, want to read, or are reading than Goodreads? It is free and users may connect with other people and see what they are reading, too. In addition to creating book reviews and reading other people’s book reviews, users might search for quotes and add them to a personal quotes library.

Need to practice the EFL (English reading comprehension) part of the Swedish test Högskoleprovet? Here are som old test that will help you improve your reading skills (even though you’re not planning on taking the test):

ELF Spring 2005

ELF Fall 2004

ELF Spring 2004

ELF Fall 2003

ELF Spring 2003

ELF 2002

ELF 2001

You find the KEYS to all tests mentioned above right here.

Try the Gap fill generator from Teaching English to practice your reading skills by filling in the gaps from different texts.

Reading comprehension from BBC.

Adult Learning Activities from California Distance Learning Project –  very good reading site with a lot of activities connected to each story.

Literacy Work Learning Resources – current and past news stories from CNN and CBS to help you with your reading comprehension.

About.com’s reading activities (in the end of each text you’ll find a multiple choice reading comprehension quiz and a key vocabulary).

Activity 1 ”Social Networks

Activity 2 ”Happy Shareholders” (business English)

Activity 3 ”Angel Investors” (business English)

Activity 4 ”Presidential Elections

Activity 5 ”Joseph Pulitzer” (advanced)

Activity 6 ”Guess Who I Bumped Into?”

Activity 7 ”Missing Word Quiz – Canada

Activity 8 ”Missing Word Quiz – UK

Activity 9 ”Missing Word Quiz – USA

Activity 10 ”‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” (by Clement C. Moore)

Activity 11 ”Ubix Computers Financial Profile

Activity 12 ”Fun Pronunciation Poem

Activity 13 ”Globalcall Communications

Activity 14 ”John F Kennedy Inaugural Speech 1961

English Online – Articles for ESL (English as a Second Language) learners. Choose your subject to the left and enjoy!

Reading comprehension exercises from English Daily.

More reading comprehension exercises, this time from EFL Net. Choose your level – advanced or high advanced and enjoy.

News

BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) – the largest broadcasting organization in the world.

CNN (Cable News Network) – a U.S cable news channel. The first channel to provide 24-hour television news coverage.

New Scientist – Science news and science jobs.

The Local – Sweden’s news in English.

Science Magazine

British newspapers:

The Daily Mail

The Economist

The Sun

Express

Mirror

Metro

The Observer

Other British media online.

 

American newspapers:

USA Today

New York Daily News

The Washington Post

Washington Times

Time Magazine

New York Post

Chicago Tribune

A list of newspapers in the United States from Wikipedia.

Google Books – In 2010 Google estimated that there are about 130 million unique books in the world (129,864,880 to be exact).On October 14, 2010 Google announced that the number of scanned books is over 15 million. (Most scanned works are no longer in print or commercially available.)

Short stories – a place packed with short stories, choose your genre and enjoy!

American Literature offer over 2,000 short stories.

Free E-books

The Short Story Archive – browse by  genre or author.

wikihow

If you’re really into writing short stories – check out this WikiHow on how to write short stories.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – check out the comedies, tragedies, histories and poetry of Shakespeare.

Can’t get enough of Shakespeare? Visit Mr William Shakespeare and the Internet.

Visit Poestories.com and read the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe.

The following from this blog post.

 

Poem Hunter is all about poetry. It provides you access to a wide variety of materials including poetry eBooks, quotations, poets biographies, assorted works of each poet, poetry contests and many more.

 

Poetry Magazine ‘Today, Poetry regularly presents new work by the most recognized poets, but its primary commitment is still to discover new voices. In recent years, over a third of the poets published have been new to the magazine. Special themed issues feature poetry from around the world and various poetry communities in the United States, connecting readers to passionate conversations about poetry and translation.’

 

Harvard Classics. ‘All classics you ever need to read in Philosophy or Religion are collected in one app. Guided by Dr. Eliot, the famed president of Harvard University, you will journey through the history of religion and philosophy. Along the way, Dr. Eliot will introduce you to 26 books selected from the famed Harvard Classics. 

 

This is another great resource for free ebooks. Project Gutenberg offers over 45,000 free ebooks and in different formats including : free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

 

The Internet Archive and Open Library offers over 6,000,000 fully accessible public domain eBooks. This includes a special modern collection of over 500,000 eBooks for users with print disabilities, and a very interesting curated, modern collection for the world at large.

  

Open Library is a free, digital lending library with millions of eBooks that can be read in a browser or downloaded for reading offline. Originally developed to support the Print Disabled community, OpenLibrary now contains public domain and contemporary eBooks. 

 

Bartleby is the preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse prodiving students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.