Welcome to “Elementary to Pre-Intermediate Reading Comprehension Exercises”, now a multi-media collection of PDFs, videos, listening activities, and reading comprehension exercises designed to engage, inform, and challenge students with topical issues that shape our ever-evolving society. This unique multimedia journey will offer students a window into the fascinating worlds of cultural phenomena, technological advancements, urban development, careers, fashion, and emerging trends.
his is a reading/listening comprehension exercise about a bellwether city, San Francisco. It’s a more advanced reading exercise focusing on social issues related to the development of cities and technology in the 21st century.
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This is a reading/listening comprehension exercise about a day in the life of an intern and contrasts it with university life.
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A short history of lipstick. This is a reading/listening exercise which is useful practice for teaching the past tense. It’s also pretty interesting as a history of popular culture.
This is reading comprehension exercise about a day in the life of an online influencer.
This is a reading listening comprehension exercise about the new artificial intelligence text to image application Dall-e.
The fast fashion industry has become quite topical recently. I think it’s really interesting on many levels. I hope the vocabulary in this exercise is not too difficult but it’s unavoidable with a topic like this.
This is a reading exercise about a scientist or researcher conducting an experiment in a lab. It’s great for any kind of medical/science students learning English, but I think it’s good for English language learners generally.
The exercises in the PDF below are based on the fascinating story of Huggy Wuggy, the bizarre and adorable monster that has taken the world by storm. This set of exercises explores the world of Huggy Wuggy, focusing on vocabulary, critical thinking, comprehension, and listening. Get ready to dive into a journey of terror, laughter, and cultural phenomena!
The t-shirt is one of those topics that just about everyone can relate to.
A fairly elementary reading comprehension exercise about an online shopper.
Learning a new language has a lot of benefits for the learner.
The digital classroom is the classroom of the future. This reading explores some of its impacts.
This is an English language reading comprehension worksheet about a visit to a weekend market. It is an experience that almost every student in the world can relate to and so it’s extremely suitable for an English language class. Click on the link or the image to download the PDF file.
This is a reading comprehension about Apple’s latest innovation, Air Tags.
Katalin Kariko and the story of mRNA
This is a reading comprehension exercise about the people who invented a vaccine for the coronavirus.
An online shopping assistant takes online orders and walks around a supermarket or department store and collects items to packed and delivered. This exercise is about the daily activities of a supermarket employee in this line of work on the age of the coronavirus.
The arrival of autonomous vehicles is a topical issue of our times. It’s a great way to to engage in a discussion about the impacts of new technologies.
I have found that another easy-to-teach topic is a student’s first day at university. This is a an experience that university students can identify with and works smoothly in the classroom.
This reading exercise focuses on the differences between high school students and university students.
This reading worksheet is about the journalist Christiane Amanpour.
This is an English language reading comprehension worksheet about the effects of technology. It is an excellent complement to any lesson focusing on technology and society. It also works well in a class when the teacher is trying to determine students’ knowledge of computing and internet vocabulary. I used it in a class with Thai ICT students and I could quickly asses the different English language abilities of the students.