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R.0 - Reading (receptive)

Meditation

Average: 3.5 (6 votes)

Studying can be very stressful and when you have been doing it for a while, you may find yourself unable to concentrate very well. Meditation has a number of benefits and could be an interesting way to support your learning process. Here is a small article with a few of the benefits of meditation, but some of the words are missing. Can you fill the gaps with the correct words?

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High Intermediate Level: Parents Sending Children to Boarding School

Average: 4.1 (15 votes)

I found this news quite surprising, as I have always thought that sending a child to boarding school would be much more expensive than other alternatives.

A boarding school is a school where some or all pupils study and live away from their family.

Friends Come In All Shapes And Sizes

Average: 4.3 (10 votes)

Friends are so important and we often find friends in the unlikeliest places! For example, look at this gorilla and tiny duckling who got close at a zoo in New York!

Read through the article and try to decide which word fits in each gap. Then why don’t you call a friend who is also learning English and tell them the story.

Lesson by Caroline

Never Get Lost In A City Again - Upper Intermediate Level

Average: 4 (8 votes)

I am one of those unfortunate people who spends their first few weeks in a new city getting lost. On the plus side this means I am always discovering interesting new places; on the down side it means I always have to leave extra early before heading to my destination. I found these interesting tips on how to find your way in a city using the landmarks around you. I'm not sure how useful they will be to me but it's always good to learn something new!

Advanced Level Reading on Travel

Average: 3.4 (17 votes)

Shopping in London Lesson

Average: 4.1 (15 votes)

Shopping is one of my favourite activities, particularly when someone else is paying for it! London is renowned for its excellent shops and in this city you really can find anything. Different areas are known for different products, you might go to Oxford Street for some beautiful clothes or to Notting Hill for some quirky presents!
Read this article about the different shopping areas in London and see if you can complete the gaps with a correct missing words!

5 things to do before you're 30!

Average: 3.7 (55 votes)

My friend John is turning thirty next year. So a while ago, on his 29th birthday he asked us to help him think of fifty things to do before he's thirty! He's doing very well and has already completed a lot of them.

Summer Picnics

Average: 4.1 (15 votes)

One of the many joys of summer is sharing a picnic with friends or family. There are so many great places to have picnics in London, the south bank or one of the many beautiful parks. In this article, the writer shares some of her favourite memories of summer picnics with her family. I've removed some vocabulary and as it is quite difficult, given you the meanings of the words to help you.

Baby Beckham!

Average: 3.5 (11 votes)

Victoria Beckham aka Posh Spice and David Beckham the famous footballer, added another baby to their brood. Read this article and see if you can answer the true or false questions below. Do you think Harper is lucky to have such famous parents, or do you think it will lead to a difficult childhood? I’d love to hear your opinions.

Lesson by Caroline Devane

Flying First Class

Average: 4.2 (12 votes)

What's the best perk of flying first class?

Perk: Advantage or extra benefit.

Many of our students fly for hours, across the world, to come and study with us! Do you ever wish you could enjoy your flight in first class bliss? I know I certainly do. Apparently, first class flights will soon be even better than ever.

Read the article below and then put the vocabulary in the correct gap.