ICT 4 ELT Portals

Reading for upper-intermediate students

Compiled and annotated by
Jolana Křístková,
Sigmundova střední škola strojírenská,

This webpage contains links to Websites concerning Reading for Intermediate Students.

  • ESL: Reading


    A webpage containing links to other websites with full as well as simplified versions of various texts, including short stories, picture stories, texts organized according to genres, quizzes etc. An incredible source of reading material for students (and teachers) of English as native as well as foreign language.

  • Learn English Online – Reading Material


    Provides the visitors with links to newspapers, magazines, books, references and also a lot of New Age sites. It seems that New Age webpages are probably considered the most important part of the website.

  • Fiction Channel


    Contains texts for ESL students, funny reading texts, anecdotes, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, biographical notes, lyrics to music etc. The pages are prepared by "volunteers who want to share their favourite texts with others".

  • The ESL Reading Index


    On this website, it is possible to find "English Tutoring and Writing Center" as well as "Reading and Mapping Strategies", "Types of Questions and Tests", "Reading Pracitce Exercises" and "ESL Reading Links". In Reading Practice Exercises it concentrates especially on main ideas, details and inference. It is possible to discover there some clozes connected with improving reading skills, also questions and vocabulary in connection with the previous readings. The ESL Reading links might be found very useful and helpful.

  • English Reading Comprehension Skills


    "English Reading Comprehension Skills for Intermediate Level Learners" which include also quizzes for intermediate level learners, reading comprehension practice, and advice and help for improving intensive, extensive, skimming and scanning reading rechniques. The visitors can find related topics including lesson plans, vocabulary, listening activities, grammar, free English courses, exam preparations, quizzes, articles, resources etc. The website has been designed for ESL students. It offers a wide range of "hot" activities, video, TV program etc.

  • Literature Based Reading


    The webpage brings about "Literature based reading program for intermediate multiage classroms". The authors (= teachers) have prepared a three-component program for the on-line students. The individual components are: self-selected reading, small group reading, and reading aloud. The authors give their students a lot of freedom in choosing what and when to read and give them a lot of support, explain how to read and what to look for in books but I am not sure students are so eager to study on their own without being forced. Anyway, the idea is… Interesting?

  • Reading Online with English Dictionary


    The website enables the visitors to go to further links helping to learn English as a second language. It turns any web page into an online reader. It gives opportunity to look up any unknown word. It underlines the words with frequency between 7,000 and 20,000 which is the typical vocabulary gap between native English speakers and ESL learners. It highlights common idioms. Whenever a mouse is moved over to a highlighted idiom, the meaning of that idiom is shown. Vocabulary tests, reading database, learning guide etc. can also be found on the website.

  • Fluency Through Fables


    It contains selected fables the reading of which is supposed to help the visitors to improve their reading comprehension of English. After each of the fables, there follow: vocabulary matching exercises, true / false comprehension exercises, vocabulary completion exercises and written discussion exercises.

    The description might look great but any time I tried to work with certain exercises and clicked on "Check Answers", it did not work as it was supposed to and I got to the webpage www.comenius.com offering things to buy etc.

  • On-Line Reading Lab


    It is and online reading laboratory based mainly on the book "America – Today and Tomorrow" by William M. Balsamo. It gives the visitors a chance to read an essay according to the topic they had chosen and then to do a  quiz. The reader is given a time limit (five minutes) and when the time is over, the text disappears. It is possible to be shown the text again if there is trouble with any of the questions within the quiz. The topics of the essays are from society and history, (e.g. The American Jury System, Ethnic Americans and Hyphenated Ones, Melting Pot or Salad Bowl, Indians, Saying "God Bless You" etc.), sightseeing and daily life (e.g. Hollywood and Broadway, Greyhound Buses, Honeymoons for the Newlyweds etc.) and culture and food (e.g. Hitchhiing on the Open Road, Jazz and Country Western, Shopping Malls and Mail Orders, Americans and their Cars, Popcorn and Potato Chips etc.)

    On this website, it is possible to go through exercises connected with the previous reading, too, e.g. mixed sentences (to revise word order) or crossword puzzles (to revise vocabulary). The website offers a range of creative and imaginative activities for ESL students ranging from easy to difficult, an on-line library for extended reading (books by great writers, short story classics, Jack London's writings etc.), a web dictionary, film scripts etc.

  • A Collection of ESL Materials


    Provides the visitors with a collection of interconnected ESL materials. It brings paired stories, there are first and second series stories that are put together and vocabulary quizzes with answers are available for all the stories in the first series. There are links to the quizzes in the upper-right-hand corner of each story page and they can also be accessed from the Supplementary Materials Directory. The paired stories are intermediate-level ESL, so the language and the structure of them has been simplified. Each pair of stories is about a particular topic that is a subject of universal interest, i.e. gambling, old age etc. The average length of each story is about 800 words. There are forty stories altogether, each series containing ten pairs of stories. The stories can be used for independent study, supplementary vocabulary materials are available, but they can also be used in the classroom and the owner grants all teachers and students the right to use them.