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When teaching English to older students, they sometimes – and understandably – get tired of reading books designed for much younger children.

One way I deal with this challenge is by find more age-appropriate books in English that also have editions in their home languages, so they can read the books side-by-side (see USING “THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK” WITH ELL NEWCOMERS!).

Fortunately, there are now online tools with similar features, though their content can be a little limited.

Please let me know if you know of other related resources.

You might also be interested in The Best Websites To Help Beginning Readers.

Here’s what I have so far:


Parallel Texts Reader

Parallel Books

Alba Learning


Penguin Parallel Text Series is a book series with…parallel text (each page has the content written in two languages).

TeachVid uses the ideal of “parallel text” with video – playing a video in one language while showing the transcript in another. There are many follow-up activities that can be printed (or copied and pasted into Google Classroom). You can read more about it here.

2Lingual is a bilingual search engine. You type in your search term and then choose two languages. Search results will show-up side-by-side in both languages.