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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
Downloads: 2770

"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
Downloads: 2252

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: 2172

"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


Reading comprehension


 Read the text carefully.                                                              


Mary's family


Mary is ten years old. She is from Dorset. Her hair is long and brown. She has got brown eyes. She has got a cat and a dog. Their names are Pat and Fluffy. Pat, the dog has got a small house in the garden. Mary's cat, Fluffy is 3 years old.


  Mary's mother is Jane. She is a teacher. She's thirty-six years old. Her husband is Nick. He is thirty-eight. He's a bus driver. He has got brown hair and blue eyes. Jane's hair is blonde and her eyes are brown. They have got three children Mary, Sean and Peter.

Sean is six and Peter is twelve years old. The children are pupils. Sean's hair is blonde, Peter's hair is brown. The boys have got blue eyes.

Jane hasn't got a pet. She has a friend. Her name is Laura.

Nick has got a horse. Its name is Lightning. Nick's friends are bus drivers. They are Tom, Charles and John.

Peter's pet is a hamster. Its name is Tiny. She is so small. Sean has got a goldfish. Its name's Goldie.

  Peter and Sean have got four friends. Peter's friends are James and Doug. Brian and Adam are Sean's friends. Mary's friends are Maggie and April.


 Fill in the chart with the suitable information from the text. Write "no" if we have no information.





















bus driver













pet’s name


 True or false. Put a tick into the correct place.




1)      Mary has got a spider.



2)    Mary's mother is 38 years old.



3)    Nick is Sean’s father.



4)    Sean has got a sister.



5)    Mary has got two brothers.



6)    The children have got four friends.



7)    Tiny is a horse.



8)    John is a bus driver.



9)    Tom is Peter's friend.



10) Fluffy is a cat.




 Write short answers to the following questions.

1)      How many pets has the family got?     .

2)    Has the family got a garden?              .

3)    Where is the family from?                 .

4)    Who is the daughter in the family?     .

5)    How many friends has the family got? .

6)    Who has got a fish?                           .

7)    Who has got blonde hair?                   .

8)    Who is Peter?                                    brother.

9)    Who has got blue eyes?                      .

10) Who is Doug?                                    .


 Here are some definitions. Can you guess the word or name? (The words are from the text.)

1)      It's an animal. It is small. It has got four legs.

2)    It's a person. He is a bus driver. He has got a long name. He is the father's friend.

3)    He is Jane’s son. He is very young.

4)    Mary, Sean and Peter.

5)    It is an animal. We have it at home.

6)    It is not in the house.

7)    Not big.

8)    He has got a horse.

9)    It is a job at school.

10) Not a girl.



Read the text again. Then write a composition about your family. Write down the following information about mother, father, sister(s), brother(s) and you: name, age, hair, eyes, pets and friends. You can use the text to help you.






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