Why Learn English?
ReadOasis Step 2 English is currently the world’s common language. It’s the international language of business, politics, and the Internet. About 400 million people speak English as a first language. And about a billion people are learning it today. To learn any foreign language, we need motivation. Motivation is... Read more
Nice and Easy Quotes About Reading
ReadOasis Step 1 To inspire us read more, it always helps to have a good role model. When I was a boy, my father read to me before I went to bed. I can still remember the books he read to me! In this way, my father showed me... Read more
5 More Amazing Facts About Reading
ReadOasis Step 2 Imagine that you know a secret. Your secret is a powerful idea for change. It can change communities, cities, and countries. It can powerfully affect the future. It can change you. What is this secret, and what does it do? It is the power of reading.... Read more
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
Word Magic!
ReadOasis Step 2 Words are magic. Say a few words at a restaurant, and you get dinner! Say a few strong words like, “Hey stupid!” and you might get in a fight. Say the words, “I’m sorry,” and you might escape a fight. Say the words, “I love you,”... Read more
Reading is Smart (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Dan Hurley is an author. He writes best-selling books about science, and he writes popular stories for the world’s most prestigious newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Wired Magazine. In a word, he is a big success. But... 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
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
Scholar Recounts Benefits of Reading for Language Learning
Anyone can extol the benefits of reading, and many of us can do this with a sense of remorse because we feel that we do not read as much as we should. However, most people, including language teachers, do not fully realize the following fact. Second language learners who... Read more
Extensive Reading is Essential
By Joseph Poulshock, PhD While completing an MA in TESOL, I learned many helpful insights from my textbooks and teachers about teaching reading to English learners. Sadly, however, I was not fully ready for that first day of class with my reading students. I remember it clearly. With a... Read more
Dear Skeptical Reader!
ReadOasis: So this is our our second question with Dr. Richard Day. And this is from a student, and basically it’s this: What would you say to a student who doesn’t want to do ER because, let’s say, he or she wants to spend more time improving their listening... Read more
AWL 1A (Japanese Hints)
Quizzes are a premium feature for members. But please try Quiz 1A (and 1B) for free. The words on this quiz come from the famous academic word list (AWL). The AWL has 570 of the most important words for understanding academic language in all fields of study. With Quiz... Read more
AWL 1B (Japanese Hints)
Quizzes are a premium feature for members. But please try Quiz 1A (and 1B) for free. The words on this quiz come from the famous academic word list (AWL). The AWL has 570 of the most important words for understanding academic language in all fields of study. With Quiz... Read more
Reading is Smart (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 2) How did Dan Hurley move from “slow learner” to “smart enough to write best-selling books”? Dan actually spent three years trying to answer this question. He looked at research about how to “grow intelligence.” What did he find? He found the same thing that... Read more
Free Stuff for Teachers and Learners
To celebrate our 1000th story, here are some free materials for classroom use or personal enjoyment. The PDFs include listening lessons with fill-in-the-blank and discussion questions. You can find the audio for these stories at the link for each story. We will keep adding more free stuff, so please... Read more
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What is ReadOasis, and how can it help you learn English? ReadOasis is the best place on the Net for big reading. And big reading is one of the best ways for you to improve all your English skills. When you read big, you get confidence with English. With... Read more
Pleasure, Success, and Reading
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 2) So what exactly is reading for pleasure? Taylor claims that reading for pleasure includes reading books but not magazines or newspapers. The books can be fiction or nonfiction, but reading for pleasure does not include books required by school. The point is this. These... Read more