After teaching for many years, I have learnt that the most successful reading comprehension worksheets in the classroom for elementary to pre-intermediate English language students are comprehension exercises that relate to their personal experiences. Reading exercises about weekend markets (shopping), high school and university experiences, career ambitions and the effects of technology are a few of those topics.
This is a reading listening comprehension exercise about the new artificial intelligence text to image application Dall-e.
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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 t-shirt is one of those topics that just about everyone can relate to.
A fairly elementary reading comprehension exercise about an online shopper.
This is a reading/listening comprehension exercise about a day in the life of an intern and contrasts it with university life.
Learning a new language has a lot of benefits for the learner.
This is reading comprehension exercise about a day in the life of an online influencer.
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.
A short history of lipstick.
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.
This is an English language reading comprehension worksheet about entertaining.