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Mt. Fuji: Symbol of Japan
ReadOasis Step 2 Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan. It stands at 3,776 meters (12,389 ft). The mountain rests just west of Tokyo, and on a clear day, you can see it from the city. Mount Fuji has an even and round shape, and it is a... Read more
Six Culture Conflicts (Part 1)
ReadOasis Step 2 Joel held the warm, brown cup in both his hands. With his eyes, he smiled at Matt and drank his hot chocolate. "Ready to go?" asked Matt. "Yeah," said Joel. "Let’s go home." They stood up at the same time, put on their coats, and headed... Read more
Six Culture Conflicts (Part 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Opinions differ about social problems. But here we will not focus on changing opinions. Instead, we want to ask a basic question. What do social problems teach us about cultural values and conflicts? To answer this question, we will look to the culture expert Geert Hofstede.... Read more
Six Culture Conflicts (Part 3)
ReadOasis Step 2 Question 4: What Is True? Here a culture faces its fears of the unknown. We may feel unsure about many things: money, health, the future, success, failure, danger, or risk. We lack certainty about many things in life. People worry and feel anxiety. How do we... 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
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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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
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
Twelve Little Penguins
ReadOasis Step 3 A man was driving his car down the road. He looked ahead and saw black smoke and orange fire coming out of a big, red truck. As he approached the accident, he saw the truck driver waving his hands.  "Help!" Cried the truck driver "Help! My... 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
Why Ban Smoking in Public?
ReadOasis Step 2 More than twenty US states ban smoking in public places. And many countries around the world also have similar bans. A new study shows the strongest evidence yet that smoke-free laws can reduce heart disease, which is a major effect of tobacco smoke. The study took... 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
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
Verbal, Visual, & Vocal Communication
ReadOasis Step 2 What is good communication? Psychologist Albert Mehrabian researches three elements of communication: words, tone of voice, and body language. More interestingly, Mehrabian studied how people communicate feelings and attitudes. If your body language and tone of voice disagree with your words, listeners tend to believe your body... 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
Tokyo: Crowded, Expensive, and Delicious
ReadOasis Step 2 You are on your way to work. It's rush hour, and the train is packed. People are pressed against you on all sides. The train speeds along, but you can't move. Finally, you stop; the doors open, and you push your way out. It's Shinjuku Station,... Read more
How to Attain Presentation Zen (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 PowerPoint is the most popular presentation software today. Over 400 million copies are in use. But there are problems with PowerPoint. It can cause you to simplify too much and stop you from connecting with people. To give good presentations, you need practice. Expert presenter Garr... Read more
Ten Tools for Making More Happiness
ReadOasis Step 2 Mary looked into the eyes of her new baby. "She's so beautiful," said Mary almost singing. Mary continued her song, "My goodness! I'm so happy! This is the happiest moment in my life!" And yes, it was. In fact, most couples feel the purest kind of... 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
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