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R.0 - Reading (receptive)

Advanced Reading and Vocabulary: 5 Child Prodigies

Average: 3.5 (11 votes)

As I get older, I become more and more depressed with the minute amount I have achieved in my life, particularly when compared to people such as these.

This is an article about 5 child prodigies, but there are some words missing.

I have supplied the words and their meanings.

All you have to do is put them in the correct gaps.

Good luck!
Lesson by Caroline Devane

What is satire?

Average: 3.8 (17 votes)

Satire: Witty language to convey insults or scorn. It's a way of criticising people or ideas in a humorous way, or a piece of writing or play which uses this style.

Here is a satirical article about the popular networking website, Facebook.

What do you think the writer’s opinion of facebook is?

Do you think the article is true?

Cold, cold, cold winter reading

Average: 3 (9 votes)

Lots of us have been affected by the snow, but some people have been trapped by it in a pub for eight days! Read the article and then see if you can answer the true or false questions.

The Ultimate Lock In

While thousands braved the cold to begin their Christmas shopping, seven people in North Yorkshire are praying for better weather after being snowed into a pub for eight days and counting.

Vocabulary definition match

Average: 2.9 (9 votes)

Here’s a really inspiring article about the Kenyan athlete, Mo Farah. I have highlighted some key vocabulary and then written the definition of each highlighted word. All you need to do is match the word to its definition.
Lesson by Caroline

How to write a CV

Average: 2.3 (13 votes)

Lots of our students study English to improve their job prospects, and when you’re applying for a job it is highly likely that you will need to submit a CV. Here’s an article about how to make a really excellent CV, followed by some true or false questions to check your understanding. I hope you find it helpful!
Lesson by Caroline Devane.

In the news: Madonna

Average: 2.6 (8 votes)

So, Madonna wants to move back to London despite the fact that she said she never wanted to live here again. Hmmmmmmm, I’m not sure how I feel about that! Read through this article and see if you can fit the missing words into the correct gaps. Do you think people should be entitled to visas just because they are celebrities?
Lesson by Caroline

Minnie Driver

Average: 3 (7 votes)

Today we are going to focus on vocabulary. I’ve written a list of words and their definitions above the article. All you need to do is decide which word completes which gap.

Reading: Surprising Sharks

Average: 4 (9 votes)

I love sharks, though I wouldn’t get in the water with them like some of our crazy students in our Cape Town English school. I think they’re beautiful creatures. Here’s an article all about them with some key vocabulary taken out. Can you put the correct word in the correct gap?
Lesson by Caroline

In the news: Chilean Miners

Average: 3.8 (8 votes)

It was very refreshing to see a story in the news recently that brought us good news. The pictures of the Chilean miners emerging from the cavern deep below the ground to greet their families on the surface were very moving.

Is university worth it?

Average: 3 (5 votes)

I am about to start my masters degree (Monday, wish me luck!) so this type of article, which debates whether university is worth its cost, is extremely interesting to me. I sincerely hope that a year of studying hard will have a good outcome! In this article, I have removed some of the key vocabulary, but as it is of intermediate standard, I have not given you any of the definitions. All you need to do is put the correct word in each gap.