Active Reading

Learning to love reading


Most teachers love reading, but it can be a challenge to generate the same enthusiasm in our students. This is what Active Reading sets out to achieve. Throughout the program, learners work with texts which are relevant, stimulating and lively (topics include travel, fashion, gaming) each with a range of thought-provoking activities.


The program comes at six levels from Elementary to Advanced, with ten units in each level. Each unit has a topic and a focus on a reading skill or subskill. At the lower levels these include vocab strategies and understanding your purpose for reading. At the Advanced level students learn to infer meaning in a text and study structure and organisation.


Video intro. Each unit starts with a teacher explaining the reading skill, why it is useful, and the context in which learners will approach it.
Practice activities. Next comes controlled practice where, for example, students might arrange vocab into sets for learning, or write topic sentences for paragraphs.
Comprehension. Each unit has a comprehension activity focusing on the target language skill.
Extension activities. Finally there is a freer activity which expands on the topic and which may include other skills such as speaking or Internet search.

Some key features

Comprehensive skills coverage

Skimming and scanning, dictionary skills and vocabulary strategies, signpost words and organisation. Active Reading helps learners develop every aspect of the reading skill. For a full list of skills covered, click the syllabus below.


Learners can listen to a range of native speakers reading the texts, helping them to identify sense groups and develop their chunking skills.

Developing the reading habit

Throughout, Active Reading aims to develop the reading habit. It introduces students to graded readers, newspapers and novels and encourages them to read for pleasure.

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