Online reading
  1. Online ebooks, many of which are free, by GOOGLE:
  2. Read Print offers free online books library for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast.  Over 8,000 titles and some fairly recent books on offer.
  3. Project Gutenberg - a huge archive of books that are no longer in copyright.
 Reading skills practice
  1. Speed reading exercises: helps you read faster:
  2. Timed reading of a series of short passages that you read and then click the "finished" button to display your reading rate for that passage. Then a few comprehension questions follow about what you read.
  3. Reading Logs is a web site designed for use in the American schools system, that provides a way to track student's reading progress.  Could easily be adapted for an EFL learning context, and apparently free to use.
  4. Lesson Writer - will create an ENTIRE READING lesson for you.  All you have to do is paste in a suitable text, and the web site then does the work for you.  Quite amazing.  You need to register, but the basic service is free.
  5. Lingro - a neat site that lets you paste in a URL of any web page, which it then opens in your browser and lets you click on any word to get a dictionary definition.  
  6. Readlang - Fantastic resource to encourage more extensive reading. You can install a browser extension so that it works for any page loaded in your browser. If you click on any word, a translation will appear. It works on a phrase level, but in the free version the number of phrase lookups is limited. If you are logged in to your account, it remembers each word you looked up (and the context) and lets you review them later, or create flashcards automatically.
Reading with podcasts
  1. Literature to gois a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom.
  2. Voice of America Special English is a great resource for reading and listening.
  3. Reading English is a free site that is a mashup with VOA for reading and listening practice.  Users have to register:
  4. Read the words - convert anything to speech at  Free account offers is limited, but subscription is quite reasonable.
  5. Vozme - totally free and unlimited way to convert text to MP3. Quality is a bit 'tinny' and mechanical, but it works quite well.  You can also add it as a widget to your blog (as we've done in our blog..see the link under each post) or website, and people can just click to listen to your posts (with the option to download the MP3 for podcasting.)
  6. Natural Reader - you have to download this to your computer, but it can be used for free to 'read' any text out loud, with option to save as MP3.  Fairly high quality voices.
Reading specifically for EFL purposes

There are lots of other sites for EFL and ESL purposes.  We'll list them as we come across them.  If you have any favourites, we'd be grateful for the links.
  1. ESL Reading Lessons, created by David Hughes, consists of reading lessons which are designed for ESL/EFL students and are free to use as long as the content is not modified in any way. - 
  2. Breaking News English - great site continually updated for current affairs.  Short readings with lots of language work as well as an MP3 you can download.
  3. News in Levels - interesting site which gives three different levels of short versions of news stories.
  4. The Times in Plain English - useful for finding simple articles to use with students.  Has a very North American focus.
  5. StudyZone from University of Victoria, Canada, offers readings at different levels with exercises (in Hot Potatoes) to recreate the stories and fill in gaps.
  6. To Learn English provides a searchable database for lessons and exercises at all levels.  There is also a placement test for new users.
  7. ESL Reading offers English language learning materials for students and teachers.  Readings are graded and there is a link to a placement test based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

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