The Reach of English
ReadOasis Step 2 English is a global language. It is the main language in science, business, entertainment, and foreign affairs. There are about 400 million native speakers of English. And maybe one billion people speak it as a second language. English became international mainly through the economic and cultural... Read more
The Simpsons
ReadOasis Step 2 The Simpsons is a TV show about a funny American family. Using comedy and satire, the show criticizes American life and culture. It was first broadcast in December 1989. Its 26th season began in September 2014, and it is the longest-running animated program in America. It... Read more
Self-Testing Helps You Remember
ReadOasis Step 2 Dr. Katherine Rawson says that taking practice tests can help you remember information. This is especially true if the practice test pushes you to recall something from memory. Rawson said, "It's surprising that we know very little about why testing improves memory." This is surprising because... Read more
An Eyewitness
By Jack London ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) On April 18th, 1906 the city of San Francisco California suffered a great earthquake. Over three thousand people died. The famous author Jack London was sent to report on the disaster. This is his story, "The Story of an Eyewitness." Never... Read more
Life as Story (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) In the eyes of the world, Donald Miller was a big success. He had written a book about his life, Blue Like Jazz, and it became a New York Times bestseller. Movie producers approached him. They wanted to make a movie about his life.... Read more
The Lion and the Fox (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Once there was a great Lion. He ruled the forest. And all the animals feared him. He ran to the top of gray, rocky mountains. He listened to the wind blow, and he watched the snow fall. And there, the Lion was King. He walked upon... Read more
Expressing Thanks
Dr. Randall Short ReadOasis Step 2 What do you mean when you say “thank you”? What are you thinking and feeling when you thank someone for something? Think about times you said “thank you” recently, and consider your non-verbal language – your eyes, your smile, your voice, the way... Read more
Mercury and the Logger (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 By Aesop Illustration by Milo Winter A Logger* was cutting a tree on the bank of a river. As he swung his axe, it bounced off the tree. The tool flew out of his hands and fell into the water. He stood by the water's edge... Read more
The Boarded Window
By Ambrose Bierce ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Editor’s note: This is a scary story and may not be appropriate for younger readers. In 1830, only a few miles away from what is now the great city of Cincinnati, Ohio, there lay a huge, almost endless, forest. The area... Read more
The Luck of Roaring Camp
By Bret Harte ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Roaring Camp was the noisiest gold mining town in California. More than one-hundred men from every part of the United States had come to that little camp. They stopped there for a short time on their way to getting rich. Many... Read more
Try with Ukulele
ReadOasis Step 2 At age 18, Mandy Harvey lost most of her ability to hear. As a child and during her teenage years, Mandy loved to sing. But she stopped singing for a time after she went deaf. But then she learned to feel a song's beat through the... Read more
Walt Disney’s Impossible Dream
ReadOasis Step 2 In 1934, Walt Disney began plans to make a movie. He wanted to create the first full-length animated film. But when people heard about his idea, they said it was a mistake. They thought it would destroy the Disney studio. Even Disney's brother and wife tried... Read more
The Weight of a Nation (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 The sun had just set on Waikiki Beach. A soft wind from the sea ran through the trees. Friends came together to hear music, Hawaiian style. One woman, in particular, was caught up in the music. Tears ran down her face as she listened to the... Read more
Johnny Cash: The Man in Black (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Johnny started singing, but he looked uncomfortable. The audition was not going well. Sam Phillips, the producer, listened politely. But he didn't smile. Johnny kept singing, but with no confidence. Then Mr. Phillips said, "Hold up!" Johnny and his friends stopped playing. Phillips said, "I hate... Read more
Beauty, Goodness, and Truth
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) The buildings are rich in color and history. The trees are tall and stately. And the wind blows with the quiet whispers of the great people who have walked these paths. Eight American presidents have studied here. Some fifty Nobel Prize winners have been... Read more
The Last Lecture
ReadOasis Step 3 If you were going to die, what would your final message be? This question inspired the tradition called "The Last Lecture." In a Last Lecture, professors imagine that they are going to die. Then they give a talk about their most important thoughts and ideas. The... Read more
Is Extensive Reading Good for You?
Here is a short interview with Dr. Richard Day. Dr. Day is a Professor at the University of Hawaii in the Department of Second Language Studies. He is a well-known and highly regarded linguist. In this interview on ReadOasis TV, Professor Day answers this question. Is extensive reading good... Read more
Pleasure, Success, and Reading
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Mary lay down on the sofa with her book, and she opened it again. She couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next. She loved science fiction, and this book was one of the most famous sci-fi books of all time: 2001: A... Read more
Music and Mindfulness – with Christopher Hardy
ReadOasis Step 2 Christopher took his seat in the middle of the concert hall. A flow of people filled the room. The lights went dark, and all the talking heads turned silent. In the quiet and dark, electricity filled the air as people waited for the music. And when... Read more
Dr. Day on Extensive Reading (TV)
Transcript of the video. Extensive reading is an approach to the teaching of language which involves the students reading a lot of books that are easy and interesting and that they choose. Even though we say extensive reading is an approach to the teaching of reading, we’ve discovered through... Read more