The Duke of Cowboy Actors
ReadOasis Step 2 May 26th marks the birth of the great American film star John Wayne. He was born in the US state of Iowa in 1907 with the name Marion Morrison. His father’s poor health caused the family to move to Southern California. And there, Wayne attended school... Read more
Easter Story
ReadOasis Step 2 These were the most difficult days of their lives. Their eyes were red and dry. These women had cried out all their tears. He was their leader and teacher. He was their best friend. He changed their lives and made their world new again. He gave... Read more
Two Silly Birds
ReadOasis Step 2 A Blackbird looked into a Dove's house one day. He saw that the Doves were happy, and they had enough food. He thought, "If I were a Dove, my life would be so easy!" Photo: Wikipedia So he painted himself white. And he went into the... Read more
The Rabbit: A Traditional Story (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 With special thanks to storyteller Hugh Lupton. In the south of Oregon, near Lake of the Woods, young John Jones was walking through the forest. As he walked, he enjoyed the fresh air and the tall green trees. He came to an open field. The grass was... Read more
Rakugo: A Funny Side of Japan
ReadOasis Step 2 Sakura started to cry. "No Tora-san! You can't leave again! I know that life is hard for you here. But when you leave, it's harder for me." Tora-san watched Sakura cry and wipe her tears. He felt so sorry for her, but he didn't say anything.... Read more
True Riches
Adapted from “The Fortune” In “The Golden Windows” By Laura E. Richards ReadOasis Step 2 One cloudy day a man was walking along the street. He was sad because his business was not going well. On top of that, he wanted to buy a horse, but he didn’t have... Read more
Every Day I Have the Blues
ReadOasis Step 2 Memphis Slim at the Piano Long black fingers were dancing. They were dancing on the white and black keys of the piano. From the comfort of their homes, people watched on their televisions. And they listened to the blue sounds of the piano. The piano player... Read more
Big Time Car Trouble
ReadOasis Step 2 US car makers are in serious trouble. Their sales fell about 35% in January compared with last year. Ford Motor Company sales dropped 42%. General Motors reported a 49% drop. But Chrysler was hardest hit. Their sales went down 55%. This decline in sales is not... Read more
The Boy Who Rode Sidesaddle
ReadOasis Step 2 When Daniel Webster was a child he lived in the country. His home was far from any city. He was not very strong. He could not work on the farm like his brothers. But he loved books and study. He was very young when he was... Read more
Sincerely, Sacajawea
ReadOasis Step 2 by Cana Short Sacajawea with Lewis and Clark (Wikipedia) Hello. My name is Sacajawea, and I am a Shoshone Indian. My people live in the vast hill country of the Rocky Mountains. You may be wondering, “How about you?” Well, when I was only 12 years... Read more
Hide and Seek
ReadOasis Step 2 Mr. and Mrs. Smith had two sons, but they gave them strange names. Their first son was named, “Mind Your Own Business.” Now that was strange enough, but they named their second son, “Trouble.” But even with their funny names, the two boys grew up normal,... Read more
$80,000 for One Song
ReadOasis Step 2 The room is dark. You are alone. You are drinking a coke and downloading some songs from the Internet. Then you hear a crash. Your heart stops as you hear a man shout. "This is the police!" You catch your breath and say, "What?" Then another... Read more
Reading Can Beat Study Abroad (TV)
In this ReadOasis video, Dr. Hitoshi Nishizawa explains his research. He compared TOEIC scores for two kinds of students. Some studied for one year in English speaking countries. Others did extensive graded reading in Japan. Some of these students read more than 3 million words. And they got about... Read more
Reading Should Be Fun!
Interview with Dr. Charles Browne, Professor, Meiji Gakuin University. This is “Charles the Great,” from Meiji Gakuin University, and of course, English Central and many other places. And affectionately known as “Charlie.” We are going to ask him a couple of questions about extensive reading. first... Read more
El Greco: Genius of Spanish Art
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) El Expolio by El Greco El Greco wanted to be a great artist. (His name means “the Greek.”) Like many Greek artists of his time, El Greco moved to Venice, Italy. Venice was alive with cultural change, achievement, and art during a period of... Read more
A Nap is Better than Coffee (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 When you are tired from work or study, what do you do? Many people drink coffee or an energy drink. But a new study suggests this. A short sleep might be better for you than a cup of coffee. Researchers studied caffeine. Caffeine is found in... Read more
Inspire Reading With Posters
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) A library is a building full of treasures. We keep these treasures in books. Books give us knowledge, entertainment, laughter, pleasure, new information, and power to change our lives. If reading is so important, how can we help people read more? Libraries and schools... Read more
Habit Power (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Will walked into the large office area and looked around. He was carrying a cup of coffee, and he spilled some on his hand. “Ouch!” he said. “That’s hot!” He looked around, but all the other workers were busy. They didn’t even notice him.... Read more
The Shaka Sign
ReadOasis Step 2 In Hawaii, one gesture rules them all. Locals call it "shaka." And they use the shaka sign to say, "Hello," "How’s it going?" and "Thank you!" But shaka also shows something else. It shows the spirit of Hawaii, called "Aloha." Aloha is the Hawaiian word for... Read more
The Boy and the Robbers
ReadOasis Step 2 A long time ago, there was a man called Cyrus the Great. He was king of Persia. At that time, boys were taught to tell the truth. This was one of their first lessons at home and at school. During the time of Cyrus the Great,... Read more