Reading Skills Worksheets and Activities

Essential Reading Skills

EAP Reading Skills Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 50 minutes

In this reading skills worksheet, students learn and practice useful reading skills that include reading for gist, inferring meaning from context, understanding text organisation, and reading for details. First, students read about reading for gist. To practice reading for gist, students skim the article titled ''Functions of Work'', reading the title, first paragraph, and first sentence of each paragraph. Students then answer questions based on reading for gist. Next, students read about how to guess the meaning of vocabulary from context. The students look at words in sentences and answer questions about context clues and word forms to help them guess the meaning of the words. After that, students write the word or phrase that provides a clue to the words in bold from the article. Afterwards, students read about understanding text organisation. Students scan the text to locate reference words within the text and indicate the subject or idea to which they refer to. Students then scan Paragraph D to locate sentence connectors. Students write the function of each sentence connector and describe the two ideas it connects. Finally, students read an introduction on reading for more detail. The students then read for detail to answer two multiple-choice questions.
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KWL Chart

EAP Reading Skills Worksheet - KWL Chart - Intermediate (B1)

In this reading skills activity, students become familiar with KWL, an acronym for Know, Want-to-know, and Learned. It is an effective way to help students read with purpose. KWL is easy to use, and its function is to foster improvement in students' ability to read efficiently and to retain what they have learned as a result. The basic overall purpose of this worksheet is for students' responses and questions to guide and direct their reading. Students begin by brainstorming everything they know about the topic in the K column by responding to the 'What I Know' prompt. Students can do this individually or in small groups. Next, students list questions on what they want to know about the topic in the W column by responding to the 'What I Want to Know' prompt. In the last step, students complete the L column by responding to the 'What I learned' prompt and review the K and W columns. As students record what they have learned, they review the K column to identify any misconceptions about the topic they might have held before reading. The students also review the questions in the W column, checking off any questions that they can now answer.
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Using Context Clues

EAP Context Clues Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this free context clues worksheet, students learn and practice how to use five common context clues to infer the meaning of unfamiliar words. To begin, students read an introduction that explains context clues and their importance. Students then read about five common context clue types and examine example sentences that demonstrate how each clue type works. Finally, students complete an exercise that requires them to infer the meaning of unfamiliar words. For each word, the students underline the context clue surrounding the word, name the type of context clue, and write their own definition of the word.
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Academic Reading Strategies

EAP Reading Skills Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 40 minutes

This academic reading strategies worksheet helps to introduce strategies that help students become more effective readers. As a lead in, students discuss two questions about academic reading. The students then match words from the article in the worksheet to their correct definitions. Next, students read the article about reading strategies and answer true, false, or not given questions, according to the information provided in the text. Finally, the students answer a series of questions based on the article.
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Critical Reading Questionnaire

EAP Reading Skills Worksheet - Critical Thinking Exercises - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 90 minutes

This critical reading worksheet helps students become familiar with the steps required to critically evaluate a text for use in their studies by answering questions that help determine the appropriateness and usefulness of a text. Beforehand, choose a topic for the students to research. Then, select three short articles on the topic of varying quality and relevance for students to critically evaluate. At least one of the articles should be highly suitable, and at least one, should be clearly unsuitable. The students begin by reading the introduction, which briefly explains the purpose of a critical reading questionnaire. Next, the students read one of the articles and follow the steps outlined in the introduction to do a basic evaluation of the text. If you wish, students can share their impressions of the text in pairs or in small groups. After that, the students evaluate the text in more detail by completing the questionnaire. Then, the students repeat the process with the other two articles. Afterwards, have the students discuss in pairs or small groups which of the three articles they thought was the best and why. The pairs or groups then report their findings to the class. Finally, the class discusses the merits of each text and decides which are suitable and which are not for the topic chosen.
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