As an ESL/EFL teacher I am always looking for ways to get my students reading and thinking, however this can sometimes be a challenge as many articles I find can often be too high a level for my students. As well, the articles can be time consuming to either make the English level simpler and/or provide a vocabulary list of the main words I can predict will pose a challenge. In my search for articles to use with my ESL/EFL class I came upon a great website called English-Online. All the articles on the site are free and have been written for ESL/EFL learners and every article has a vocabulary list at the bottom. To visit the site click here.
On the site there are hundreds of articles to choose from and a wide range of topics to choose from. I have used two articles with my class so far and have found the students engaged in the topics and they were able to understand the content quite well.
The English-Online site also has a link to their shop where you can purchase PDF documents of prepared articles with accompanying worksheets and exercises. Although, I have not purchased a PDF download, I have browsed a few and found them quite good. To visit the shop click here.
The articles I have used with my class have been good for reading as well as a way to get students practicing there writing by answering questions about the article after they have read it. Since my class is grade 9, and writing is an important part of their final evaluation, I have also had them write a composition where they share their opinions about what they have read by providing evidence from the article to support their argument.
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