ESL Web Directory

Reading Skills



5,000 Online Newspapers

Links to newspapers from all over the world

This document contains hypertext links to those newspapers accessible on the World Wide Web. Great Books Online publishes thousands of free online classics of reference, literature and nonfiction

Children's ESL - English as a Second Language for Children - Storybooks

Our educational efl instruction books feature exciting adventure stories to encourage children reading and comprehension of English as a second language. Each Storybook set includes a Student Workbook and a Teacher's Guide. They focus on activities in each workbook varies in order to provide choices to teachers looking for material to meet the needs of their students.

Colorin Colorado

Colorin Colorado is a web-based service that provides information, activities, and advice for Spanish-speaking parents and educators of English language learners (ELLs).

EFLshorts offers free, original, serialized graded readers for EFL/ESL pre and intermediate level students, along with activities to accompany the texts. The stories and the activities will always remain free and there will be no sign-up required for those who wish to read the stories or the activities.

Every Child A Reader

Every Child A Reader is a unique collaboration between charitable trusts, the business sector and government. It aims to show that, with the right resources, it is possible to overcome the literacy difficulties that blight so many children's lives. The initiative is funding highly-skilled Reading Recovery teachers in inner-city schools, to provide intensive help to children most in need. It forms part of the government's London Challenge, a partnership between all who seek more for London's young people. The immediate aim is to reach 5,000 children, particularly those living in areas of high social deprivation. Longer term, the initiative aims to secure sustainable investment in early literacy intervention, and to explore how intensive support in reading can be provided most cost effectively in a national context.

Fiction Channel

A site for ESL readers – short stories, poems, non-fiction, etc.


Linguapress offers a substantial choice of freely accessible graded reading texts for EFL / ESL.

Read It English

Improve your English with interesting articles at your reading level.

Readable English

Our Mission is a simple one: to improve literacy around the world by inspiring a love of reading.

Reading Exercises

Traditional Reading Practice

Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is an early literacy intervention programme designed for children who have literacy difficulties at the end of their first year at primary school. It involves reading and writing in a daily one-to-one lesson with a highly trained teacher for a period of between 15 and 20 weeks. At the end of that time, most children have caught up with their classmates and can read and write at a level appropriate for their age.

Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets offers a wealth of strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn to read. Our resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in working with struggling readers who require additional help in reading and comprehension skills development.


Read webpages, articles, or books in the language you're learning, translate the words and phrases you don't know, and work on remembering them later with flashcards.

Sofa School e-learning

A selection of gap-filling and reading comprehension exercises, graded tasks from pre-intermediate to advanced level, interesting topics and characters plus statistics on scores for encouraging students to do more revising (Paid Subscription)

Sound Training

Online and UK programmes designed to improve reading comprehension and develop reading skills

Study English

At Study English you can read the news in easy to read English. There are definitions in English and other major languages, as well as grammar lessons and a short level test. Many thanks

The EFL Reading Library

Free EFL/ESL graded reading materials for students and teachers. Simplified versions of classic horror, adventure and ghost stories. Special football section.

The Literacy Company

The Literacy Company teaches Fluent Reading: Effective and Efficient Speed Reading through its software program The Reader's Edge®

You can read the Bangkok Post

This site will help learners read and listen to English at a high level - well enough to read the daily newspaper. Our material is very up-to-date and is updated every morning (Thailand time). We have reading lessons, vocabulary and a lot of listening as well.