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
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
Curious For Cultures
ReadOasis Step 2 Lena looked back. She felt fear, sadness, and excitement all at once. She waved to her friends and parents. And they all waved back, smiling and blowing kisses. Lena turned around and started walking. She took a deep breath and said to herself, “Don’t be afraid.... 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
The Artful Geisha (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 Geisha are traditional female entertainers from Japan. They are skilled at various Japanese arts, such as classical music, dancing, and poetry. The word "geisha" comes from (GEI) meaning "art" and (SHA) meaning "person." Thus, in a literal sense, a geisha is an artist. In the modern... Read more
1,000 English Learners Read 300,000,000 Words
ReadOasis Step 2 In the past few years, 1,000 English learners have read over 300,000,000 words at ReadOasis.com. That's a big number -- maybe 40,000 hours -- or 4 years of reading! We asked these learners about their experiences with big reading, and below we share the responses we... Read more
21 Tips for a Lifestyle of Reading

Even if we (or our students) know the benefits of reading, we may still have trouble developing a lifestyle of reading. One way we can solve this problem is to see how avid readers keep a lifestyle of reading. With this in mind, here are 21 Tips for a Lifestyle of Reading for teachers and students.

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Reading Makes Words Stick in Your Brain
ReadOasis: So here we are with Dr. Paul Nation, Professor Emeritus at the University of Wellington, Victoria (New Zealand).  And of course one of the most well-known linguists in the world. It’s an honor to have him. Just one quick question for our learners: How can extensive graded reading help... Read more
Big Reading — The Clearest Explanation
By Joseph Poulshock, PhDEditor, ReadOasis.com "What?" said my friend. "Extensive reading? That's too hard and boring. Students want to speak English -- not read. Students don't read, and they don't like it. Reading is over and cancelled!" Have you heard words like these? I have! But these strong words... Read more
Big Reading and the Good Life
ReadOasis Step 2 "Go away!" cried Steve in a rough voice. "I'm studying for my English test! Can't you see that?" "Relax. Everything is going to be fine," said his mother. "And be quiet," she said. "The neighbors can hear you!" But Steve could not be quiet and relax.... Read more
5 Expert Tips for Good Presentations
ReadOasis Step 2 Jim turned on his camera. And he started to give his presentation. But after a few seconds, he made a mistake. So, he started over. Then "Oops!" He made another mistake. He started again and again. But he kept making mistakes. After 20 tries he said,... Read more
The Way of Green Tea (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 People have been drinking green tea for about 5,000 years. Green tea came from China. And today it is produced mainly in China and Japan. Green tea is different from other kinds of tea. The leaves are not processed much. So green tea has a fresh... 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
Improve Your Word Power
ReadOasis Step 1 So you want to improve your word power. But what words should you learn first? You can waste time learning uncommon words first. But it’s smart to learn the most common words at the beginning. The top 2,000 words of English make up 80% of all... 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
Children’s Driving School (1957)
By British Pathé ReadOasis Step 2     While we are on the subject of youngsters, let’s pay a visit to a driving school in Brixton, London, where the pupils are mostly children, and where the instructors, believe it or not, are children, too. Run by Mr.... Read more
Simple Steps for Learning English
By Ashley J. Hastings, PhD President, Global Language Education Service, Inc. Many people around the world are studying English. They need English to succeed in work, school, or relationships. Common sense tells us that we can learn to read a language more quickly if we can already understand it well.... Read more
Unforgettable Communication
ReadOasis Step 3 You are in class.  The teacher is speaking, but you only hear noise, like hot air and wind. We often hear, and sadly speak, boring ideas. But can we learn to communicate successful and unforgettable ideas?  Authors Chip and Dan Heath wrote the book, “Made to... Read more
Crazy for Basketball
ReadOasis Step 2 Just 17 seconds remained on the clock. The noise was overpowering. 61,612 basketball fans packed the Louisiana Superdome. Georgetown University was playing the University of North Carolina. North Carolina was behind by just one point. The ball was passed to Michael Jordan. He jumped up and... Read more
Arthur Ashe: Tennis Great
ReadOasis Step 3 Arthur Ashe Arthur Ashe was a remarkable figure in U.S. sports. He was a professional tennis player who was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Ashe won three of the most important tennis competitions in the world: the US Open, the Australian Open, and Wimbledon. He... Read more