20 Word Learning Tips
ReadOasis Step 2 Learning new words is a big part of learning any language. In English, well-educated native speakers know around 20,000 word families. That’s a lot! To read well in English without dictionary support, you need to know about 8,000 to 9,000 word families. That’s a lot, too.... Read more
Newspeak and 1984
ReadOasis Step 3 Winston is an editor. Every day he works with words. His hands are soft, and he is not strong. He does not do hard physical labor. But his job is challenging and even dangerous. He works for the government of Oceania. Every day, he rewrites history.... Read more
The Second Chance
ReadOasis Step 1 Sam woke up when his car flew off the road. He heard the sound of breaking glass. He saw the starry sky. It appeared and disappeared as his car rolled over and over and over.  Then with a loud crash, the car hit a tree. Sam... Read more
Easy Jokes for English Learners
ReadOasis Step 1 Teacher: How much is 3 x 3? Student: The answer is 9. Teacher: That’s pretty good. Student: Pretty good?! It’s perfect. Teacher: What do you call a person who keeps talking when people are not interested? Student: A teacher. Father: You should get a job. Son:... Read more
Bird Leg Test
ReadOasis Step 2 It was three o'clock in the morning. And Jonah was tired. "I think I'm ready for the test," he said to himself. Then he fell asleep at his desk. When he opened his eyes, he saw the clock in front of his face. The red numbers... Read more
Knocking on Heaven’s Door
ReadOasis Step 2 He came out of nowhere. In 1961, he just appeared in New York City, wanting to do music. And in one short year, he held a record contract in his hand. By the middle of the 1960s, he had reached the top of the pop music... Read more
James Hogg and His Dog
ReadOasis Step 2 There was a poor man who lived in Scotland. His work was to care for the sheep. His name was James Hogg. His family also worked as shepherds. He took care of a rich man’s sheep. They belonged to Eric Water. Sometimes he had many baby... Read more
Little Snow White
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Illustration by Franz Jüttne A long time ago, a Queen sat near a window in her castle. It was the middle of winter. Snow was falling like feathers from the clouds. The window had a black frame, and the Queen sat in front if... Read more
The Minister’s Horse
ReadOasis Step 2 One day a man was walking down the street. He was tired. As he walked, he passed a church. He saw the Minister of the church. The Minister was getting on his horse. The man spoke, "Dear Minister. I am very tired from walking. And I... Read more
Animal Lessons
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) After a hot day, just before dark, a Florida woman is walking her dog near a small river. The dog is big, weighing 80 pounds (about 36 kilograms). But something bad is about to happen that the dog and woman do not expect. From... Read more
Three Goats Named Bruse
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) Three goats once lived together on a mountain, and they were all named Bruse. It was hard for them to find enough to eat, for there was only a little grass growing between the cracks of the rocks. "Look at that fine green field... Read more
A Clever Slave
ReadOasis Step 2 A long time ago there lived a poor slave whose name was Aaron. He was a small man with a large head and long arms. His face was white but very ugly. His large eyes were bright and active. When Aaron was about twenty years old,... 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
The Naughty Dog (Step 3)
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 3 There once was a naughty dog. He would snap at people and bite them without any warning. He was a great annoyance to everyone who came to his master's house. So his master fixed a bell around his neck to warn people of his... 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
Extensive Reading, Because it Works!
  This is Professor Thomas Robb from Kyoto Sangyo University, and he is one of the world’s renowned experts on extensive graded reading.  Q: Tell us. Why should students do extensive reading? Dr. Robb: Why? Because it works. I’ve done it for Japanese as well. Really? Yeah. So I chose a mystery... 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
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
The Stupid Monkey
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 1 Once upon a time, there was a king. His country was large, and he had a lot of money. One day he decided to bring his army together. He wanted to take for himself a little country that was... Read more
The Little Pine Tree
ReadOasis Step 2 A little pine tree lived in the woods. It had no leaves. It had needles. The little tree said, "I do not like needles. All the other trees in the woods have pretty leaves. I want leaves, too. But I will have better leaves. I want... Read more