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The Reading Room - Free Online Reading Comprehension Practice

Speak English just like an American by learning the sound patterns that native speakers use. Download this MP3 course to learn anywhere, anytime.

The Reading Room gives you the opportunity to practice your reading skills and improve your vocabulary.

As you read the articles and stories try to understand the general meaning. Use the True/False questions at the end to test your understanding and receive instant feedback.

If you are unsure of the meaning of any word, first try to guess its meaning from the way it has been used. You may check your guess by double-clicking the word to read its definition.

Articles
Drink to 1000 years of beer and pubs
Job Hunting: It’s Like a Job, Only Harder
Online Education -- Changing the Way We Learn One Mouse Click at a Time
Stress Getting You Down? Perk Up with a Good Night’s Sleep

Stories
Ghost Story by abracad
The Open Window, a short story by Saki (H H Munro)

See also: Reading Material on the Web

Compelling Conversations

Compelling Conversations. Helps advanced English learners develop conversation skills and improve fluency by sharing experiences, reflecting on their lives, and discussing proverbs and quotations. Includes 45 thematic chapters, over 1,350 questions, 500 vocabulary words, 250 proverbs and American idioms, and 500 quotations. Designed for both adult education and intensive English language students, the conversations deepen critical thinking skills and speaking skills essential to success in community college and university programs.

Ultimate Phrasal Verb Book. Updated to reflect questions found on various recent ESL tests, this book presents 400 common phrasal verbs as they are used in everyday English. Phrasal verbs are verbs combined with prepositions or adverbs. Becoming familiar with phrasal verbs and understanding how they are commonly used as nouns (for example, breakup and show-off), or as adjectives (spaced-out, broken-down, stressed-out and many others) is essential to speaking and understanding modern English. Students preparing for the TOEFL or other ESL exams will find this book's many examples and exercises especially helpful.