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English Reading Skills

Welcome to EnglishClub Reading for ESL learners, to help you learn and practise the skill of reading English.

Introduction to Reading

What is Reading?
Reading is the third of the four language skills, which are: 1. Listening 2. Speaking 3. Reading 4. Writing

Reading Skills Guide
Why reading is important and how you can do it better

English Alphabet
How to recognize English letters aA to zZ, including fonts and alphabetical order

Reading Test
Check how well you understand written English with this online test.

Reading Practice

Reading For Kids
A collection of printable short stories for young learners of English (elementary to upper-intermediate). With audio and exercises.

Read about Sports
Read about sports like football, basketball, tennis, golf and baseball. Includes history, how to play and famous players. With vocabulary and quizzes.

Read about Music
Read about your favourite singers and groups, including pop, rock, country, soul, hip hop and dance music. With videos and vocabulary lists.

Read about Movies
Read about your favourite movies including horror movies, sci-fi, drama, action and documentaries. With videos and vocabulary lists.

Read about Environmental Issues
Texts and reading exercises for learners passionate about the environment, for example pollution and endangered species.

Read about Health Issues
Texts and reading exercises for learners who like to follow health issues, with topics including organic foods and the dangers of transfats.

Driverless Cars Coming Soon
Read about progress in the development of autonomous vehicles and try the online quiz to check your understanding.

Short Stories
A selection of short stories for upper-intermediate to advanced learners, some with vocabulary and comprehension quizzes.

Classic Texts
Short, famous texts to read in English from classic sources like the Bible or Shakespeare. With word definitions and explanations to help you

Reading Exercises
Topic-based reading exercises, each one including a reading text, pre-reading vocab, comprehension/vocab quizzes and suggested discussion questions

Selected Proverbs
Here are some traditional sayings that are well known to English speakers. Some of them come from other languages, but they are frequently used in English.

Recommended Books and Reading Lists

Recommended Reading
Suggested reading for English learners

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.Chinese proverb