Reading comprehension

One or more texts accompanied by questions and/or other activities

Myths and legends is a set of three worksheets designed to encourage students to explore the language used in three English legends (Matilda’s Bracelet, The Abandoned Children of Wailing Wood, The Ghost Hound of Lyme Regis). Stories can all be listened to on the wonderful http://myths.e2bn.org/mythsandlegends/ site (printable versions are also available). Questions also cover general comprehension and dictionary work.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Fiction
Rt/E3.1
Rt/L1.1
Rt/L2.1
Rw/E3.3
Rw/L1.1

Fire Escape involves reading, re-ordering and looking at the layout and features of important health and safety instructions (how to escape from an upstairs room of a burning building).

Level
E2
E3
English
Rs/E3.1
Rt/E2.1
Rt/E3.1
Context
Health and safety

11 super pages of Entry 2 resources based on this popular soap. Cloze exercises, sentence matching, alphabetical order, form filling, comprehension, punctuation and more.

Level
E2
English
Ws/E2.4
Ws/E2.3
Ws/E2.2
Ws/E2.1
Rw/E2.1
Rw/E2.4
Rt/E2.1
Rs/E2.3
Rs/E2.2
Form filling
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

The Bill – Dale Smith and the Gangs is a short article about a 2008 storyline in this popular soap. Followed by 10 comprehension questions.

Level
E2
E3
English
Rt/E2.1
Rt/E3.1
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Inheritance is another wonderful, illustrated story from Tracy Richardson, Level 2 Literacy learner at Henley College, Coventry. The story is arranged in 13 chapters and is followed by comprehension questions, vocabulary and dictionary work, and a word search.

Contact through Robert Holt, who suggests using this story with Entry 3 – Level 2 learners for reading comprehension work.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Rt/L2.1
Rt/L1.1
Rt/E3.1
Fiction

A series of differentiated questions based on the famous London underground map. Great for scanning practice and sparking off further discussion or writing work.
Tube maps can be found at: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/1106.aspx

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Rt/E3.9
Rt/E3.7
Rt/L1.5
Rt/L2.7
ESOL
ESOL Rt/E3.7a
ESOL Rt/E3.9a
ESOL Rt/L1.5a
ESOL Rt/L1.5b
ESOL Rt/L2.7a
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

Munich Air Disaster is a simplified news report from Feb 6th 1958 with comprehension questions.

Level
E3
E2
E1
English
Rt/E3.1
Rt/E2.1
Rt/E1.1
Context
History

Covers alphabetical ordering, adjectives, reading comprehension, sentences and web research for E2-L2.

Sadly the original background history (on which the comprehension is based) is no longer available on the Swizzels Matlow or Love Heart sites. However related information can be found at the following sites which can make a good introduction to the assignment.

Level
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
Writing: sentence focus (punctuation & grammar)
Ws/E2.2
Rw/E3.4
Rw/E2.4
Rt/L2.7
Rt/L2.3
Rt/L2.1
Rt/L1.5
Rt/L1.4
Rt/L1.3
Rt/L1.1
Rt/E3.1
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service
History

A brilliant resource – especially for younger, teenage students. Includes an original poem, discussion of slang, background info on Valentine’s Day, writing and speaking ideas.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Poetry
Rt/E3.1
Rt/L1.1
Rt/E3.2
Rt/E3.7
Rw/L1.2
SLc/L1.1
Wt/E3.1
Wt/L1.1
Wt/L2.1
Wt/L1.3
Wt/L2.3
Context
History

An interesting E1-2 text (and questions) useful for general comprehension and introducing the third person present simple. With ideas for extension work and adapting the text for your local area.

Level
E1
E2
English
Rt/E1.1
Rt/E2.1
ESOL
ESOL Rs/E1.1a
ESOL Rt/E1.1a
ESOL Ws/E1.1a
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service