Practice the reading strategies and skills you will need for various purposes with the varied reading selections below.
Guided practice like this, using a variety of texts, will help you master the different kinds of English reading you will encounter as a student, businessperson, and concerned citizen. It’s also excellent practice for English reading tests.
Use the pre- and post-reading suggestions and comprehension questions in the reading links below as models to guide your independent reading.
You can ask yourself similar questions on your own to help you get the most from each type of reading.
To learn more about the value of these questions and other useful reading strategies, see
Reading Comprehension Strategies.
For a discussion of the different purposes of reading, and how to adjust your reading speed and focus for each, as well as other hints for reading better in English, see ESL Reading Hints and Reading for Specific Purposes.
For skills to help you read better, and some practice with those skills, see Improve Your Reading Skills for Better Reading Comprehension and Check your Reading Skill.
Choose readings that aren’t too difficult, so you can enjoy them without looking up too many words. As you read them repeatedly, you WILL learn the words, and have a better understanding because you have learned them in context.
More test-prep reading (or listening) practice with questions to check your comprehension:
-- Reading Comprehension Test (on a reading/talk about 'Where Ideas Come From'),
-- Reading Comprehension Practice (on TED talks about 'Nature's Genius' and a 'Clean Energy Proposal'), and
-- Comprehension Worksheet (a TED talk about new ways of looking at cancer) with links on those pages to the TED website which provides the written scripts to read directly under the videos.)
For the pdf versions of these pages, see Listening and Reading Comprehension Exercises.
Talk about books and ideas with your friends (in English whenever possible). Join a book club or discussion group. Find quizzes and games connected with various books or topics-- the more the better!
Read the news or blogs online and do any related reading activities provided. (For many you can read and add comments, or even complete a survey.)
The more you read in English, the more enjoyable you’ll find it. For reading suggestions, see Finding English Reading Materials. You might also enjoy these articles on various topics that have been discussed in more depth in the English Detective newsletter: