Welcome to our Reading Comprehension section!
To help you make the most of these lessons, make sure you study the Barriers to Study booklet first. It is available online, free of charge.
Use a good and simple dictionary while reading and answering questions.
Reading comprehension is an important skill, and it is not acquired by skimming over content and guessing the meanings of words and sentences.
It is acquired by reading and understanding the words and concepts in your text.
Here you can find many interesting lessons with reading texts (and photos for illustration) in intermediate English, followed by reading comprehension exercises.
An important part of practice is collocation practice.
Do you sometimes ask yourself if you have used the best word for what you want to say, or is another one more suitable?
For example: do you want to say "He came in quietly" or "He came in silently"?
A collocation is a combination of words that is used together frequently. It's actually a common phrase.
For example: "commit a crime" is a typical combination of words in English. You could say "make a crime," and it wouldn't be incorrect, but many people tend to use these words together, and it sounds right to a native. So "commit a crime" is a collocation.
Another example: we say "heavy traffic" not "strong traffic," and so forth.
Here are some more examples of collocations:
There are many collocations in English. The better you use them, the more NATURAL your English becomes.
Most of the lessons in this section include collocation practice to help students practice this vital skill.