This list highlights what I think are the best sites for readers who have advanced their reading (in English) beyond the beginning stage. The sites here are accessible to a wide range of readers — from Early Intermediate to Advanced. They are also appropriate for English Language Learners and native-English speakers alike.
All these sites should be engaging to younger, older, and adult students.
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As I’ve mentioned in my previous lists, I believe the best way for students to strengthen their reading skills is by finding high-interest content that they want to read about. So you won’t find many “drill-and-kill” reading comprehension exercises on this list, though there are tons of those sites on the Internet. Some of the resources on this list, though, do have a number of exercises that I think are helpful and that my students enjoy.
And, now, here are The Best Websites For Intermediate Readers:
Brainpop. Brainpop has a few hundred of these movies on numerous topics. It’s also expensive.
The Voice of America Special English News . Though the presentation is rather dry, the topics, language used, and audio support make this a very accessible site to Intermediate readers.
CBBC Newsround. This is another site that provides high-interest content on current events in an accessible way.
BITS Interactive Resources . It has nineteen “sets” of five different excellent reading activities focusing on “signs, details, matching, gist, and gap.”
Web Language Lab (be sure to click on the British flag when you get there to turn the page into English). This site covers many current topics with engaging follow-up exercises.
Awesome Stories .It has an incredible number of accessible high-interest stories, though it is now charging for access. .
Into The Book. This is an absolutely incredible resource designed to help students learn reading strategies — visualize, predict, summarize, etc. For the past couple of years it had only been partially completed. In the course of examining sites for inclusion in this list, though, I found that all its exercises were finished. Users are led through the process of learning each reading strategy with interactive exercises.
The World Stories Project is “a growing collection of traditional and new stories representing the 21 most commonly spoken languages by children across the UK. These stories can be read, listened to and downloaded in English and their original language.”
Quindew is a new and free tool for teaching reading.
Users pick an article, and then there are color-coded portions in it for vocabulary and grammar. Click on it, and you are given a question about the in-context grammar or vocabulary issue. You then accumulate points and badges.
Thanks to Sandy Millin, I learned about Comics for Inclusive English Language Learning. It’s an amazing site with high-interest comics with audio support provided to the text. They are leveled based on English proficiency. It’s a great place for Intermediates to get reading material. But it’s much more than that…. After each comic, readers learn the structures for writing essays through an image-based quiz system.It’s really pretty ingenious.
StoryShares is a Raz-Kids-like tool that appears to me for slightly more advanced readers, and is less expensive. You can also access 35 of their books for free.
I hope you’ve found this list helpful.