Volume 1, Number 4

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December 2005

Reading Comprehension


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Dear ESL All subscribers from all around the world,

Do you find it difficult to find good reading comprehension resources on the Web? If you are like many of our ESL students, you probably think so. As a matter of fact, while finding English reading material on the Web might be the easiest thing on earth, reading comprehension resources accompanied by graded exercises that can truly help you improve your reading comprehension level are hard to come by.

This month, we have selected ten of our favourite online English reading comprehension resources, in order to help those of you who would like to sharpen their reading comprehension skills, but do not know what to do or where to turn. These resources will allow you to determine your current reading level as well as explore new topics, broaden your vocabulary, and also improve your overall understanding of English texts.

Do not hesitate to send us your comments or questions if you have any.

Happy reading and our very best wishes to you and your loved ones for the Holiday Season!

The ESL All Team

Reading Tests: Would you like to find out what your reading level is in English prior to trying reading comprehension exercises? Take the English Club test to find out how well you understand what you read in English. You have 15 minutes to do this test. You must stop after 15 minutes and press the "Your Score Is..." button. There are 20 questions.

Reading Comprehension Exercises: News stories accompanied by audio files. Stories in original, abridged or outline form. Many exercises to check reading comprehension (vocabulary, word selection, multiple choice, sequencing, and conclusions).

3- 5MinuteEnglish.com
5MinuteEnglish.com: An interesting series of short ESL intermediate reading lessons focusing on vocabulary, grammar, and reading comprehension.

4- VLC Edict
Reading Comprehension Texts with Questions: All the passages are adapted from South China Morning Post. These texts are Active Dictionary pages, that is, you can see the dictionary entry for any word in the text by placing your cursor above it and double-clicking on it with your mouse. The texts are accompanied by multiple-choice comprehension questions. For upper intermediate and advanced levels.

5- Gallaudet University
English Works: Traditional Reading Practice (main idea, details, and inference) with vocabulary and content comprehension questions. Texts are adapted from Interesting Deaf Americans. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University. For intermediate level students.

6- Linguarama
Language Training for Business: A collection of 26 business-related reading comprehension texts dealing with topics such as: business communication, insurance, finance, technology, quality control, legal English, technology, banking, management and retailing. Vocabulary and reading comprehension questions for intermediate level students.

7- ESL.About.com
Beginning English Reading Comprehension: English reading comprehension skills and multiple-choice quizzes for beginning level learners, classes and teachers.

8- The Internet TESL Journal's
The Internet TESL Journal's: An impressive collection of reading comprehension resources for second language learners.

9- Magda's Reading Links
Reading Resource List: A list of interactive Web reading exercises and sources for easy, intermediate and advanced ESL students.

10- ELC Study Zone (University of Victoria)
English Language Center Study Zone:
An interesting selection of free grammar explanations and interactive reading exercises for beginner to advanced students.
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