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R.1 - Skimming (Understanding the whole text quickly)

Pandas!

Average: 2.9 (14 votes)

You wouldn't expect to find any pandas in Scotland but from now on you might be able to! Read this news article about the UK's newest guests and then answer the true or false questions below. I’m interested to know your opinions. Do you think this kind of programme is vital for saving endangered species, or do you think transporting animals to foreign countries is cruel. Let me know.

Lesson by Caroline

What couldn't you live without?

Average: 3.3 (22 votes)

The things I couldn't live without fall into two categories, material and emotional.

I couldn't live without my family and friends; I couldn't live without happiness; I couldn't live without dance etc.

There are also some material things that I feel I couldn't live without, though I'm sure if I had to then I would cope!

Read through my material must-haves and then answer the true or false questions below. Make sure you tell us five of your material must-haves too!

Advanced / Proficiency Level Reading

Average: 3.7 (10 votes)

This article, written by professional funny man David Mitchell, discusses whether young people should still be taking gap years. Do you think a gap year helps you grow as a person, or do you, like the writer, think it is just a waste of money? Read the article carefully then answer the true or false questions at the end. Let me know your opinion.
Lesson by Caroline Devane

A Gap Year: A yearlong break from study taken by some students on leaving school before starting university, often spent gaining work experience or travelling.

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.

Advanced Level Reading: Law, Finance and Business

Average: 3 (8 votes)

This lesson is about the infamous Bernard Madoff. He is known for one of the worst investment frauds in history. If you are interested in finance, economics, investment or any related area of business, then this lesson is perfect for you!

Jack the Ripper Reading

Average: 3.9 (8 votes)

Jack the Ripper is one of Britain’s most notorious serial killers. He killed more than five women and has remained in the history books due to the fact that he was never caught and so his identity is a mystery! I found this article online which appeared in The London Times on the 10th of August, 1888. I have removed some of the key vocabulary and am challenging you to fit the correct words in the correct gaps.

The core four - elementary plus

Average: 3.8 (8 votes)

In the news - A story of hope

Average: 3.7 (11 votes)

Here is a story of a Haitian baby who following the tragic earthquake, has finally been reunited with her mother. Try to put the correct vocabulary in the gaps as you read.

4 July - Independence Day in Boston

Average: 3.2 (6 votes)

The 4th of July, also _1_ as Independence Day, is coming up this Sunday. It is a commemoration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. This date marked the independence of the United States from Great Britain, and is _2_ a very important holiday in the United States and a day that is celebrated across the country!

Reading - The Lovely Bones Summary for Upper Intermediate Level

Average: 3 (9 votes)

Today's lesson is by Caroline

A really important part of learning a language is reading. This can be done inside and outside the classroom and as a huge bookworm I strongly recommend visiting your library and doing some extra reading!