Extensive reading and learner autonomy: 10 websites

Are you looking for websites with material for extensive reading? Sharing some of these resources with students and encouraging them to engage in regular reading can help them to improve their language proficiency while developing learner autonomy. Indeed, extensive reading has multiple benefits:

  • Students develop a wide variety of reading strategies.
  • It improves reading fluency, which affects comprehension.
  • It’s a perfect way to learn new words in context and revise the vocabulary they are already familiar with.
  • Students can test their own grammar but also notice new constructions that help to convey different meanings.
  • It may affect the students’ motivation to learn the language!

The following websites offer free access to both graded and unabridged reading materials, and they cover a range of text types and genres to suit a variety of interests. Please click on the pictures to get access to each website!

1. Lit2Go is an online collection of stories and poems in MP3 format.

Lit2Go

 

2. https://english-e-reader.net/ offers online fictional readers with 8 different reading levels (A1 to C2).

EnglisheReader

 

3. CommonLit requires you to create an account and share a code with your students. In return, students get access to a massive library and well-designed interactive activities to help them with their reading.

commonlit

 

4. In TweenTribune you will find articles adapted from Smithsonian Magazine on a large variety of topics and in different reading levels.

TweenTribune

 

5. Each fictional and non-fictional graded text in DreamReader comes with an audio file version.

dreamreader

 

6. This site offers short 5-minute mysteries for students to read and solve. Students do need to sign in, though.

5minmystery

 

7. LearnWithNews shares news items in 3 levels, including a glossary and a series of comprehension activities for each of them.

learnwithnews

 

8. American Literature.

americanliterature

 

9. Here’s a nice compilation of very short stories from 100 up to 2,000 words long, including a brief summary for each of them.

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10. The Short Story Project curates short stories written by authors from all around the world.

shortstoryproject

 

Do you use any other websites? Which ones would you add to this list?

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