This is for more advanced students. These things are from Voice of America Learning English and The Smithsonian. The words in these stories will not be very difficult. These are basic but not easy things to read.
You can find some history, American culture, and literature here.
It is a short and simple story about kind and professional people who live in Australia. Australia is a huge land. There is a plenty of places that are difficult to get to. When somebody needs help in those places, the doctors use the planes. These doctors are called Flying Doctors. Bob Mills is one of them. Joanna Jimbuku is a nurse. She works together with Bob Mills. Once they got a call from Woomara – homeland of Joanna. An eighteen-month girl was very ill. Five minutes later the doctor and his nurse were flying to Woomara – a very small place between the trees and a river. After the examination Flying Doctor had to take the baby to Sydney. The little patient had serious problems with her heart. But her mother couldn't go with the child. She had to look after six children. The kind nurse Joanna left her job for two weeks to take care of the sick baby in Sydney. Will the girl be able to recover?
Total words: 902
Unique words: 295
This is the video for lesson eight of my Everyday English for ESL course, which is available on Udemy. In this lesson a couple order a meal at a restaurant. You can see the course description below, and find the previous seven videos on my Animated English YouTube channel.
Do you already have a basic knowledge of English, but want to improve your ability to communicate in real-life situations? And do so in a fun, enjoyable way? Then Everyday English for ESL is just the course for you!
Each lesson begins with a fully-animated dialogue, which presents the vocabulary, grammar, and expressions you need to know in order to communicate successfully in English in a wide range of everyday situations.
The situations include:
• ordering food in a fast food restaurant
• checking-in at the airport
• making an appointment on the phone
• returning goods to a shop
The dialogue is presented with and without speech bubbles, and is followed by:
• a listen and repeat activity to help you improve your pronunciation and intonation
• a listening comprehension passage related to the topic of the lesson
• a series of questions for you to answer about the lesson topic
All the audio material has been recorded by professional voice actors with British or American accents, and each lesson comes with a ten-page downloadable PDF, which contains:
• a full transcript of the lesson
• language notes, explaining key grammar and vocabulary points
• a word list
• a series of language exercises
• a crossword,
• a word search puzzle
Several of these activities can also be done online, and the extra resources include Quizlet flashcard sets featuring the vocabulary used in each lesson.
At the end of the course, there's a Final Quiz, to test what you have learnt.Related articles Everyday English for [...]
The Times in Plain English is a free online newspaper that features stories based on articles from the New York Times and other top American newspapers. 'Plain' here means 'easy to understand', and the stories are freshly written to reflect the original article as opposed to being an edited version. You can find articles in categories such as Health and Education, Money and Work, Immigration, and Law. The archives go back to February 2011, so there's a wealth of reading material here. A couple of additional features that should be of interest to learners are Translate This Page, and Hear This Page, where you click on highlighted text to hear it read aloud (text-to-speech not real voices, obviously).
A very useful site for learners who find it difficult to read 'real' newspapers and would like something a bit more accessible. The About Us page on the site says that the content "may be reproduced and distributed by all", which is good news for teachers worried about copyright issues (some are!).