Reader-friendly news articles can be a timely and engaging resource for adults working on their reading. They can be used to develop reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing, listening, and speaking skills. They can also encourage awareness of current events and citizenship. You can find high-interest, reader-friendly news written for adults in both online and print formats.
Where to find reader-friendly news
The Westcoast Reader is a BC newspaper for adults who are improving their English skills. The articles are written at one of three easy-to-read levels. They include BC content. The newspaper is published monthly, from September to June. Teachers’ Notes for each issue are available on the website. Available by subscription, some BC programs and institutions are eligible for free subscriptions. The Westcoast Reader also publishes free online articles with accompanying exercises and audio. Decoda is proud to be the current publisher.
News for You is a newspaper from New Readers Press. The website publishes seven new easy-to-read stories each Wednesday. Weekly features are audio, exercises, vocabulary, a crossword puzzle, a word search, and a poll. Articles are based on reports from The Associated Press and The Washington Post. This newspaper is available by subscription; free sample is available.
News in Levels: World News for Students of English adds short online news articles to their website every working day. Articles are adapted from online news. Each article is available at three reading levels. Each level contains the story, followed by a list of words with brief definitions. Levels 1 and 2 have audio. Level 3 has the original online story and video. The website is free to use.
The Times in Plain English offers free online news articles. Stories are gathered from several different newspapers and rewritten in plain language. The articles are not at a literacy level.
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