General materials for English learners
This is an online newspaper service for school students and English
language learners. They take articles from real newspapers
and simplify them for learners.
Click here for a free copy to find out if you like this
to hundreds of websites with reading materials you can use
reading lessons from an American website
- There are some programmes you can download free to help you
practise reading skills at this
is a website for English teachers - but you can register and use it
free of charge. There are lots of reading lessons
News about Britain is a collection of short articles
which you can use for reading practice. Again, you can
download the script and the article for reading practice. If
the link does not work, go to this
page and click ""News about Britain".
- Graded readers We have a good library of these at the
Language Support Centre (Holgate 137 - check opening times). Talk to us
for advice if you want to buy some graded readers.
Also, Oxford has some graded readers available as
Magazines and news services
- The BBC website This is a
huge site with thousands of pages of multimedia material.
Topics include History, Business, Religion & Ethics, Arts,
Culture and many others.
- CNN Student
News This is a daily news programme designed principally
for native speakers - but it has a script for each
- The Guardian
Weekly An excellent international weekly newspaper.
If the link does not work, go to the Guardian's homepage and search for "Guardian
- The Economist
Another excellent weekly which you can buy in magazine format in
newspaper shops, but also of course constantly updated online.
- The New
Scientist A superb weekly science magazine which can be
understood by non-mathematicians!
is a website which allows you, quickly and easily, to create your
own newspaper. Articles on topics that you choose, from
newspapers you choose, are sent to you.
- Links to hundreds of news
services around the world are available from this
Materials for your subject
to specific subjects (Palgrave Macmillan)
Library Guide for my subject Go to this page from the YSJ
website. Click your subject. You can then see a lot of
useful information - including the name and contact details of the
librarian who looks after your subject. She (or he) can show
you a good basic book or articles about your subject. You can
select a lot of useful basic vocabulary from that book or
- Reading the back cover
- Reading the chapter titles on the contents page
- Reading the summary page at the beginning or end of each
- Looking at the index
- Looking at the bibliography - read the titles of the books and
Written by Charlie Martineau