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READING Comprehension -Two articles: E-mails - a sign of progress or of laziness? / Text messaging :-) OR :-(?
This was first a Reading comprehension test, integrated in the 10-lesson Task "A world of many languages", but I used it now as a reading worksheet for 10th graders: Vocabulary exercise, References, True/False, correcting the false ones with your own words, sentence completing and answering a question. Hope you like it! :)))
Level: intermediate
Age: 12-17
Downloads: 3440

"Television - Benefits and Side Effects": a 90-minute-lesson with the focus on Reading + Writing skills for Intermediate Students
This is my last piece of work on the Task "The Mass Media" - a reading + writing activity on The advantages and disadvantages of TV (3 PAGES). Students read the teenagers´ opinions and do 5 different reading tasks (Who said what, multiple choice, sentence completing, references and synonyms). Finally, after discussing some pros and cons in the cla...
Level: intermediate
Age: 12-17
Downloads: 2778

"Bullying... WHY ME?!!" Reading/ Writing Worksheet for Intermediate students
This was a Reading Comprehension Test but I´ve used it this year as a worksheet to prepare my students for the Reading/writing test - http://www.eslprinta bles.com/printable.a sp?id=130452#thetop. Exercises: multiple choice on the 1st text; finding evidence on the 2nd; answering questions on both texts and, finally, finding opposites. After doing ...
Level: intermediate
Age: 11-17
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"Shopping - Do you like it or hate it?" ( a 90-minute class) - Reading comprehension + writing for Intermediate or Upper elementary students
This is a 3-page worksheet for a 90-minute class, with a B&W version included. The text is about 3 teenagers´ opinions on shopping. Reading tasks: Scanning the text to say who said what + multiple choice exercise + answering questions + equivalents + references. Last but not least, students write a similar short text expressing their own opinion on...
Level: intermediate
Age: 11-17
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100 READING GAMES - POSTER + Timesavers + Hippo Report + Suggestions + BW + tons of LINKS - ((11_PAGES)) - A1-C2 level
This is a collection of 100 reading tasks, games, suggestions, follow-up activities, pre-reading tasks. THEY CAN BE COPIED to ANY TEXT. They are versatile, universal. USEFUL for BUSY teachers, novice or tired teachers. :-D Enjoy this premiére :-)) MILLIONS of links to STORIES / PODCASTS, games, suggestions included. GREAT TIMESAVER! Plain BW versio...
Level: elementary
Age: 6-17
Downloads: 2173

"Me and My family" - Reading comprehension for Upper elementary and Lower Intermediate students
Students read a text with 3 teenagers´ opinions about their families and then do the reading tasks: vocabulary in context, finding evidence, answering questions and references. Wish you all a GREAT week. Hugs, mena :)))
Level: elementary
Age: 10-12
Downloads: 1926

"Housework - Whose Job is it anyway?" - Reading + Writing TEST for Advanced students
(4 Pages) Reading Tasks: vocabulary exercise, references, T/F with quotations from the text, sentence completing, rephrasing. Writing activity - commenting on a sentence from the text. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)))))))
Level: advanced
Age: 14-17
Downloads: 1791

"Teens and New Technologies" - Reading comprehension for Upper Intermediate students
The other day someone asked what texts I had used before students wrote the opinion essay on new Technologies -http://www.eslprint ables.com/printable. asp?id=314964#thetop This is one of them. Students read the text and do some reading comprehension exercises: Who says what, sentence completing, equivalents and references. Have a good evening...
Level: intermediate
Age: 13-17
Downloads: 1762

Read the article and do comprehension exercises 1 and 2. Then put the verbs in brackets in the correct passive form.
                                    Fire devastates Cutty Sark
The Cutty Sark ship, one of London's most popular tourist attractions,  (devastate) by a fire, which police think may  (start) on purpose.
More than 40 fire fighters   (call) to the 138-year-old tea clipper ship in Greenwich early on Monday morning.
The ship  recently  (close) to visitors so improvements costing £25 million could  (carry) out.
A spokesman for the London fire service said the whole ship  (affect) by the massive fire but nobody  (hurt).
Police don't know what caused the fire yet, but said they were treating it as suspicious. That means the fire may  (start) on purpose rather than by accident.
Chris Livett, from the group which looks after the ship, said the fire was a significant setback but they were determined to put the ship back together again.
He said the decks could not  (save) but the damage didn't appear as bad as first feared.
Half the planking, as well as all the old artefacts on board, escaped damage as they  (remove) while the refurbishment work was under way.
He added: "She's been through storms and hurricanes. She's been battling all her life. She's not dead yet, far from it."
The Cutty Sark  (use) to carry tea around the world in the 19th century. It now sits at a dry dock at Greenwich as a living museum.
Exercise1. Find words or phrases in the text which have a similar meaning to the following.
a place where a ship can be taken out of the water for repairs
a problem that delays or prevents progress
a storm with very strong fast winds
in a way that is not planned or intended
making you feel that something is wrong or illegal  
objects that were made a long time ago and are historically important
struggling; fighting 
very big                     
wood that has been cut into flat pieces
Exercise 2. Are the following statements true or false? Write T for True or F for False.
The police believe the fire started by chance.
People couldn’t visit the ship because it had recently been sold for £25 million.
The fire only caused damage to the decks.
The police are not sure whether someone set fire to the ship deliberately.
According to one of the people who look after the ship, the fire caused a major delay in their work.
Chris Livett is afraid the damage to the ship is worse than they had thought at first.
The old artefacts were not destroyed because they had been taken away before the fire started.
The Cutty Sark has survived many difficult circumstances.
Why is the ship called Cutty Sark?
A.  Why is the ship called Cutty Sark? Read the following story to find out. Then fill in the gaps using the following words.
There is an old Scottish legend that was later turned into a story by Robert Burns. This story is about a farmer called Tam O'Shanter.
It was very late on a dark and  night when Tam, who had been to Market to sell his wares and had called at the local inn afterwards for a few drinks, began his journey home. Tam was riding his old mare Meg down a lonely road, when he drew close to the church at Kirk Alloway.
Through the cold night air he heard a strange and  sound, and as he looked into the night sky he saw the glare of fire!
There, in the churchyard, dancing around a huge  was a coven of witches and warlocks. Tam sat on his horse, rigid with terror! The witches danced on and Tam noticed that one of the hags was younger and more  than the others. Her name was Nannie, but Tam didn't know this; all she was wearing was a short petticoat so he called her 'cutty sark', which is an old regional Scottish name for this .
Well, the dancing became wilder and wilder and Tam became more and more engrossed. At last, he could bear the  no longer and he shouted out,
"Weel done 'cutty sark'!"
With a flash the bonfire went out, and a soul-tearing  went up from the witches and warlocks, as they began to  towards Tam, desperate to get to this mortal who had ruined their revelry.
Poor Tam. He was in fear of his life, and for a moment just sat there, but after a few seconds that seemed like lifetimes, he managed to spur Meg on, in a desperate race to save his life.
Now, witches cannot cross running water, and fortunately for Tam, the river Doon was nearby. He set Meg galloping  towards the bridge, with the witches in hot pursuit.
Nannie, being younger and faster than the rest, was the closest to him, and was reaching out to grab Meg’s , just as the mare reached the bridge.
Luckily for Tam (although not so for Meg), the horse's tail came away in Nannie's hand just as the mare  over the bridge. Tam was saved! The witches and warlocks stood on the river-bank cursing and screaming at Tam who had had a very  escape.
This was the story that inspired the naming of Cutty Sark. Although we do not know why the name was chosen, Jock Willis (the owner of the ship) was a well-read man who enjoyed poetry. During his time as a ship's captain, he would read French novels in his cabin. He also named one of his other ships the Hallowe'en, the title of another Burns poem. Although "cutty sark" was a little unusual, it certainly suits a sleek, swift tea clipper, giving her an air of magic and mystery. 
B.   Now look at the words in bold. Can you guess their meaning from the context? Look for key words that can help you to guess. Finally match the words in bold with their definitions.
wild noisy dancing, eating, drinking etc, usually to celebrate something
a piece of underwear for a woman or girl which is like a dress or skirt
a group or meeting of witches 
following someone closely, trying hard to catch them 
an adult female horse 
an ugly old woman 
saying magic words which are intended to bring bad luck to someone 
small products for selling, in a market or on the street but not usually in a shop
a bright unpleasant light which hurts your eyes 
a man who has magical powers, especially evil powers 
so interested or involved in something that you think about nothing else
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