Academic Skills: Reading Skills Resources

Web resources to provide students with English practice in reading.

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Audio Resources/News
  1. Current and Past CNN and CBS News Stories (read, listen and view a short video clip)
    literacynet.org/cnnsf/
  2. The Learning Resources (Web-delivered instruction using CNN and CBS KPIX news stories; includes full text and interactive activities; learners can read text, listen to stories and view a short video clips of the stories)
    literacynet.org/cnnsf/home.html
Audio Resources/Reading and Listening
  1. 365 ESL Short Stories (easy-to-read text includes audio and various exercises for intermediate-level students)
    www.eslfast.com/
  2. Easy Reading for Adult ESL Beginners (long list of stories; audio)
    www.rong-chang.com/nse/
  3. Easy Reading for ESL Beginners (long list of stories; audio)
    www.rong-chang.com/easyread/
  4. Listen and Read Along (various topics; with audio)
    www.manythings.org/listen/
  5. Audio Stories for Children (adult advanced level; scripts with audio; MP3 format available)
    http://lightupyourbrain.com/stories/
  6. Audio Books for ESL Listening (books in English with read-along text for advanced students; audio has two listening speeds)
    esl-bits.net/Books/books.html
  7. Advanced ESL Listening with Text (audio has two listening speeds)
    esl-bits.net/advanced-listening/NEWindex.htm
  8. ESL Listen & Read Radio Dramas (audio has two listening speeds)
    esl-bits.net/Radio/radio.html
  9. Intermediate ESL Listening with Text (audio has two listening speeds)
    esl-bits.net/listening/NEWindex.htm
  10. ESL Listening - Songs in English with Sing-Along/Read-Along Lyrics
    esl-bits.net/Songs/songs.html
Audio Resources/Voice of America
  1. Voice of America: Words and Their Stories (includes list of five-minute programs on words and terms used in everyday American English; with transcripts and audio)
    learningenglish.voanews.com/archive/learningenglish-programs-radio-words-stories/latest/978/987.html
  2. Voice of America: Special English Feature Stories (limited vocabulary of 1,500 words with audio)
    www.manythings.org/voa/scripts/
  3. Voice of America: "The Lady, or the Tiger?" (special English)
    learningenglish.voanews.com/content/a-23-2009-04-17-voa3-83140447/129441.html
Library: Central Florida Library Systems
  1. Seminole State College Library
    www.seminolestate.edu/library/
  2. Seminole County Library Services
    http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/departments-services/leisure-services/seminole-county-library/library-information/services/
  3. Orange County Public Library
    www.ocls.info/
  4. Osceola Library System
    osceolalibrary.org/
  5. Volusia County Public Library
    volusialibrary.org/
Life-Skills Reading: Health
  1. Interesting Reading on Health in Easy-to-Read English
    kidshealth.org/kid/ill_injure
  2. Staying Healthy: An English Learner's Guide to Healthcare and Healthy Living (a downloadable resource book and teachers' guide; from the Florida Literacy Coalition)
    www.floridaliteracy.org/literacy_resources__teacher_tutor__health_literacy.html
Newspapers and E-Zines
  1. News for You (a weekly newspaper for adult learners; with audio)
    https://www.newreaderspress.com/adult-education
  2. An Online Magazine for Learners of English (grammar, vocabulary and topic-specific language is reviewed in the Language Corner section)
    www.topics-mag.com
  3. News Summaries from The New York Times (with links to a pop-up dictionary and atlas)
    learning.blogs.nytimes.com/
Reading: Comprehension Practice

Advanced Level
Short Timed Reading Passages with Comprehension Questions

  1. college.cengage.com/collegesurvival/watkins/learning_companion/1e/students/timed_reading.html
Reading Skills: Cause and Effect
  1. Cause and Effect - Interactive Reading on Lewis and Clark
    www.harcourtschool.com/activity/trophies/rsr/build1/RR_e_5_28.htm
Reading Skills: Context Clues
  1. Context Clues Practice Exercise
    www.quia.com/pop/35971.html
Reading Skills: Exercises
  1. Readings for ESL Students (short passages and exercises)
    fog.ccsf.cc.ca.us/~lfried/stories/stories.html
  2. Mini-Stories (with cloze and speed reading exercises, as well as extensive reading links)
    eslus.com/LESSONS/READING/READ.HTM
  3. Reading Exercises
    esl.fis.edu/learners/read/index.htm
  4. Readings and Exercises (advanced level)
    www.eflnet.com/reading/index.php
Reading Skills: Inference
  1. Using Inference (a simple explanation with four multiple choice questions)
    www.rhlschool.com/read6n3.htm
  2. What Can You Infer? (an interactive exercise)
    www.quia.com/pop/43335.html
Reading Skills: Main Idea
  1. Main Idea Online Practice
    http://www.k12reader.com/main-idea/storms-main-idea.pdf
  2. Paired Reading Stories and Exercises (intermediate-level ESL texts with an average length of about 800 words)
    www.flesl.net/Directories/PairedStoriesGeneral.html
Reading Skills: Phonics/Phonemic Awareness
  1. Phonemic Awareness Infusion (reading with an emphasis on pronunciation; audio available)
    www.seminolestate.edu/adult-ed/els/web_resources/readings-with-pronunciation
Reading Skills: Phonics/Phonetics Resources
  1. Several Resources to Help You with Pronunciation
    www.seminolestate.edu/adult-ed/els/lesson-plans/phonetics
Reading Skills: Skimming/Scanning
  1. Scanning (game, quiz and fact sheet)
    www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/words/reading/techniques/scanning/index.shtml
  2. Skimming (quiz, worksheet and fact sheet)
    www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/words/reading/techniques/skimming/index.shtml
Reading Skills: Dictionaries and Vocabulary Building Resources
  1. A List of Links to Vocabulary-Building Resources (includes links to dictionaries, idiom sites and vocabulary activities)
    www.seminolestate.edu/adult-ed/els/web_resources/vocabulary-building
Stories: Advanced Level
  1. Short Stories, E-Books, Interactive Activities and Workshops
    www.eastoftheweb.com/
  2. Short Stories on Crime (advanced level; includes teacher's link with study questions, games and activities for some stories; also includes a reader's forum)
    www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/crimeindex.html
  3. Readings and Exercises (advanced level)
    www.eflnet.com/reading/index.php
  4. Classic Short Stories (listed by author name)
    http://www.classicshorts.com/author.html
  5. Humorous Stories (a teacher's link; includes study questions, games and activities for some stories; also includes a reader's forum)
    www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/humourindex.html
  6. Jokes in English (for ESL/EFL students)
    iteslj.org/c/jokes.html
Stories: ESL Students
  1. 100 Free Short English Stories for ESL Learners
    www.rong-chang.com/qa2/index.html
  2. Readings for ESL Students (easy stories include "Shopping on the Internet," "Food Labels," "Museums in San Francisco" and "Information about Job Interviews")
    fog.ccsf.cc.ca.us/~lfried/stories/stories.html
  3. English Express (articles by topic; word games and other links available)
    eae.alberta.ca/englishexpress/

Contact

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