Reading Page 2

Level 100 = beginner/advanced beginner
Level 200 = intermediate
Level 300 = upper intermediate
Level 400 = advanced



Need a dictionary to help you with new vocabulary? Click here.

Level 300 and up

Annenberg/CPB's Exhibits - These excellent exhibits extend Annenberg/CPB's well known video series into the area of multimedia web projects. For each topic, you will not only see text and graphics, but will be invited to take part in hands-on, interactive activities to help you learn. There are fifteen exhibits, including cinema (try to write a movie script!), weather (want to chase a tornado?!), amusement park physics (design your own roller coaster!), and more! Enjoy these high quality exhibits. Spend some time on them and you will learn a lot!
http://www.learner.org/exhibits/



Level 300 and up

 Anthropology Tutorials (Dennis O'Neil)- Beautifully designed and intelligently organized resource from Palomar College presents physical and cultural anthropology tutorials. Topics include evolution, genetics, heredity, ethnicity and race, sex and marriage and much more! There are flashcards, comprehension questions, crossword puzzles and more to help you acquire knowledge and test your learning at
http://anthro.palomar.edu/tutorials/



Level 300 and up

Ask a Biologist - Seeing Color (Arizona State University) - Some people cannot see color--we say they are "color-blind." Do humans and animals see the same colors? How do our eyes see color? Find out! You can test yourself to see if you are color-blind. You can learn what colors animals see. And finally, you can take a quiz to see how much you learned about seeing color!
http://ls.la.asu.edu/askabiologist/research/seecolor/index.html




newBreaking News English Companion Sites - Almost 4,000 lessons from these eight sites for pre-intermediate to intermediate learners.  Sites include News English, ESL Discussions, Famous People, ESL Holidays, Business English,  U.S. Presidents and more at http://www.freeeslmaterials.com/sean_banville_lessons.html


Level 300 and up

Culture Lab UK - This British Council site has interesting articles on, finance, health, life, politics, etc. at
http://www.culturelab-uk.com/

Click here if you need to download Shockwave® or Flash®.



Level 300 and up

Field Trip Trail Heads (Tramline, Inc.) - Use the web to take virtual field trips. A few example field trips are Deserts, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Sharks, and Fierce Creatures. Before beginning the field trip, print out the Trailhead page, which has vocabulary and questions about your field trip. Then, click on the "Let's Go" button to begin. Your trip will go from Web site to Web site by clicking on the Forward Arrow in the bottom right of the screen. When you finish your field trip, check to see if you have learned the vocabulary and can answer the questions you printed out at
http://www.field-trips.org/



Level 300 and up

Happy News - Our basic belief is not that people should be insulated from bad news. Far from it. We encourage people to be fully engaged, fully informed citizens. That means we need to know the good and the bad. We just believe much of the traditional media has strayed from this course, and reports a disproportionate amount of negative news. We are trying to balance the scales back out. Plus, let's be honest, there are some days when we have just "had enough" and need a pick-me-up. Hopefully this site accomplishes that.
http://www.happynews.com



Level 300 and up

Hye-Jin's Tale (Brian Rhodes) - A story about a North Korean soldier who meets a South Korean woman, and their adventure. The story is based on a 1996 incident where a North Korean spy submarine ran aground on the east coast of South Korea. There are 12 chapters, each in PDF (adobe portable document format), including comprehension questions. There is also a 23-page pdf file about the submarine incident and the status of life in North Korea. There are no audio files yet at
http://international.ouc.bc.ca/hyejin/

Click if you need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader®



Level 300 and up

In Search of the Ways of Knowing (Brookfield Zoo) - Explore the Ituri Forest in Central Africa with the help of Kenge and his friends. Using the Forest Factbook as a helpful guide, you'll work your way through this branching adventure to proceed along The Ways of Knowing Trail. Hope you're successful at
http://www.brookfieldzoo.org/pagegen/wok/ways_index.html

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Level 300 and up

InterLink Reading - There are "mini" stories (adapted from longer works) along with cloze exercises; speed reading exercises (a phrase is flashed on the screen and you choose the correct one in a multiple choice format); and extensive readings (full articles/stories), just for reading--no exercises.
http://eslus.com/LESSONS/READING/READ.HTM



Level 300 and up

Learners Online Weekly Online Lessons - This resource is designed for native English speaking students, but is great for high intermediate/advanced ESL/EFL learners. The Weekly Online Lessons guide you through an interactive thematic unit that links you to a series of related Web sites. To complete the lesson, you visit an online news source to connect your learning to current events. There is a new lesson each week. There is also an archive where all past lessons are collected. Themes include: Social Studies & History, Math, Language Arts, Science, Technology, Art, Government/Politics, Multidisciplinary, Health/Sports, and Business/Marketing
http://www.learnersonline.com/weekly/index.htm



Level 300 and up

National Geographic Features - When you think of beautiful images and fascinating information about far away places, National Geographic magazine comes to mind. Here is a listing of the online feature stories of National Geographic from 1997 to 2003. The variety is amazing: see features such as Lightening: the Shocking Story, Lewis & Clark Online Base Camp, Fallout: Eye on the Volcano, Secrets of the Gene, Trekking Nepal, Pearl Harbor: What Really Happened. There is something here for everyone!

Click here if you need to download Shockwave® or Flash®.



Level 300 and up

New York Times Online News Summaries - Daily summaries of all the top news stories. Just click on the link to see the full story. Also, click at the top of the page to turn on the on-line vocabulary dictionary and geography encyclopedia. Read these summaries and you'll know the important world and U.S. events each day! http://www.nytimes.com/learning/students/pop/index.html
Review by Shan Rahman



Level 300 and up

Short Stories at East of the Web - Excellent short stories in the following categories: children, crime, fiction, horror, humour, nonfiction, romance, sci-fi and interactive.
http://www.short-stories.co.uk/



Level 300 and up

Time 100 - The Most Important People of the Century - Who has had the greatest impact on the 20th century? TIME magazine has profiled 100 remarkable people who changed the world during the last 100 years, for better or worse. In addition to the current year, you will find archives listing Time's most important people from past years.

Review by Anonymous

M.L. King - by Yu-Shan Liu M.L. King - by Mohamed Al Hurmoodi
Thomas Edison -by Saif Al Khaili



Level 300 and up

Extraordinary People From Around the World (Patricia F. Neyman) - According to the author, "The readings presented here are focused around true stories of basically ordinary citizens who have overcome obstacles and sometimes confronted danger to do something so important to them that they just had to keep going no matter what." The readings are accompanied by discussion questions.
http://www.pats-eduent.net/xpeople_intro.htm



Level 300 and up

TV411 Reading - (ALMA- Adult Literacy Media Alliance) - Interactive activities that help you learn reading skills. Some topics include: Comprehending Business Problems, Finding Faulty Logic, Parts of a Newspaper, Reading Charts and Graphs, Reading Maps, Scanning for Specifics, Structure of a News Story, Summarizing, and Using Context Clues. Some exercises also include follow-up writing activities! You'll need Flash v. 6 or later.
http://www.tv411.org/reading/
Click here if you need to download
Flash®.



Level 300 and up

Daily News Quiz - Do you know the answer to this question? "Of the 43.4 million Americans that do not have health insurance, according to the Census Bureau, what group is the most likely to be without it?"  

a) Children
b) Sick people approaching age 65
c) People over 65
d) Adults who work for low wages?

You choose an answer, then click the button, "See how you did." Your answers are graded and the correct answers are given. Or, click on links to go to articles in the NY Times where you will find answers to the questions. There's a new quiz every day of the week! http://www.nytimes.com/learning/students/quiz/index.html
Review by Yeo Sun Yoon Review by Mansour Al-Dhaheri

Level 400

 Arts & Letters Daily - a great reader resource for EFL teachers and advanced learners. Contains links to reliable English language mass media websites (newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations, etc.) as well as summaries and links to fresh authentic articles on various topics. New material is added to Arts & Letters Daily six days a week at http://www.aldaily.com/



Do you want more?

See Larry Ferlazzo's Best Sites for Beginning Older Readers and Intermediate Readers.

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Updated: 4/3/13