One of the best ways to learn new vocabulary and improve your grammar is through reading. The more you read, the more you will notice the patterns of American English, and this can help you improve everything from your conversations to your formal academic writing. But what should you read? Do you like reading the daily headlines in your own language? Are you interested in staying up to date with current events? Do you enjoy discussing hot topics with your friends, colleagues, and classmates? Then maybe one of the resources below will help you:
• CNN Student News: This site is a good way to practice your listening skills. Every week, there is a new video about current events from around the world. Before listening, you can print out a transcript of the video so that you can read, follow along, and take notes as you watch and listen.
• News for You: Would you like to receive a newspaper published especially for English language learners? This is a weekly paper that you can subscribe to online or in paper. Every article is written in English you can understand and comes with extra vocabulary activities and even puzzles!
• New York Times Learning Network: This is an amazing site that is updated daily. You can find guided practice for reading for details, and there is an active community of learners who post comments and responses to writing prompts. In addition, there is also a weekly news quiz and a word of the day.
• Breaking News English: This site has new articles every week about current events around the world. Each article is available in four different versions: from easy to advanced English. Also, take advantage of the reading activities that include vocabulary, matching, and writing prompts. Even if you practice alone, the writing prompts could help you practice vocabulary and fluency.
• Voice of America News: This site has a good combination of reading, listening, and videos. Choose your level, and read articles about current events, politics, science, and culture. Each article also comes with its own glossary to help you understand new words.
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Up to date– (adj) someone who knows a lot about current events
Headlines– (n.) the most important news stories each day
Hot topics– (n.) current events that everyone is talking about
Transcript– (n.) the words from a listening or video exercise
Glossary– (n.) a list of new words with definitions to help you understand a reading
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