This is one of a series of activities taken from the "Quick Reads" series of books. The book is called "Worlds beyond words", by Alison Stokes. Here you will find a number of interactive tasks to accompany the book.
If you want to print off the text, it is available here.
There is also a worksheet if you would like to complete the activities on paper.
You are going to read a short extract from a book called ‘World beyond words’ by Alison Stokes to help you practise your reading skills.
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Here, you will read the first 200 words of the book. You can read it on screen, or download the text here.
First of all, read it for 1 minute and 20 seconds. Note where you read up to.
Go back to the beginning of the story and read for another 1 minute and 20 seconds. Note where you read up to again. You should be able to read further on this second reading.
Continue timing yourself reading until you have read the whole text
Go back to the beginning of the story and read for another 1 minute and 20 seconds. Mark where you read up to again. You should be able to read further on this second reading.
Continue timing yourself reading until you have read the whole text.
Use this timer to time yourself reading:
In this activity, you will look at some words from the text and match them to similar meanings.
Here, you will read some statements based on the story.
You need to decide if the statements are true, false or there is no information.
In this activity, you can check your understanding of the story.
Make sentences from the story by matching the beginnings of sentences to the correct endings.
Finally, you will put the words in the right order to make sentences from the story.
Now you have completed all the activities, listen to somebody read the extract of the ‘Worlds beyond Words’ story aloud.
Worlds beyond words by ESOL Nexus
Read the transcript as you listen. Try to read at the same speed as the speaker.
The extract you just read is from the story of Lutala Kabe, called ‘My family were murdered.’ It is one of the stories from a book called ‘Worlds beyond Words – True stories about the power of reading’ by Alison Stokes. To find out what happens next in the story, go to your local library where you can order a copy of the book. You could also search for it on the internet.
If you read the book, let us know what you think.
Quick Reads have developed a huge range of short books that are really great if you don’t have much time to read:
‘If you are too busy for long books; want a quick read for the train, tube or bus; or think reading is difficult or dull, Quick Reads are for you.’
If you would like to find out more about Quick Reads and see their amazing range of books, go to: http://www.quickreads.org.uk/
Reading regularly for pleasure in English will benefit you in many ways:
Can you think of other ways that reading for pleasure may help you?
Yes I like this story because it is short and easy to understand.
Worlds beyond words very nice story and teachind us how is importante to learn any language because language is very importante when your traveling from your country to other country. when you know any languages, you can talk, read and reat usuel but so you don't know any language you must to look a intepreter.
In our live nobody know is future and dont neglect the importante of learning any language for any country because you never know maybe one day your can be on one of the country you speak them language.
Language is like a big opening door because like now when you speak 2 or 4 languages you have more opportunity for job but when you speak just one it is very difficult to find a job.
We can make excuse in our live all the time, when you want learn anything you must focus and carry on, you can be stop because of your teacher or your freind but just be focus because you read the story and because of is theacher i din't want learn english anymore at the moment learning english is very important because is the fisrt language any peoples can speak very where.
For me learning is very importante of our live and any body can learn just you must to be strong to carry on.
This storie remided me about my past life. When I was young, I didn t like history .because it was too many things to memorise. morever my teacher always asked me some questions. After a year my uncle helped me to love history. To know about everything in thepast. In life you can t say , Ihate something because you don t know about the future. Who could have imagine I could know about history.
Yesterday I liked this story because I learned new vocabulary like content and be about to and more.But now I understand how I can use this vocabulary. For my future I know I need to improve speaking and writing skills.
Yesterday I read the story. I like it, because it can expand my vocabulary.And I
know the words- protest,content,detest,depend on,forced and flee.Also today I
know how to use-be about to and who could have imagined that.It is great for me.
If in the future I will read more and more English books .I think my speaking and writing skills will improve quickly. On the other hand,I detest the war.The war makes many people unhappy.
I liked the story which we read yesterday because this story reminds me my life,when I moved from my country to go to Belgium ,then came in the UK .The man had no reason to leave the home country ,unfortunately he was forceed to flee to the UK because the war was about to break out in his country...Everyone is happy in his own country, that 's very important for me.
I liked this story because there I found many new words which broden my general knowledge.For example : content,to detest,to seek,forced,flee,escape.Also the saying is true you can never say never because you can know what can hapen in the future and how your life can change.Who could have imagined that one day my family and me will live in the UK and my daughter will study here in the university. Life is life and it is never the same and we learn all life new things.
This story is very sad because I don't like to hear about war. This story gave me experiance with new words, for example - detest, flee, was about to, I hope these words help me improve my English in the future. I agree with the writer of the story, but now I know I need to learn English.
When I was in secondaryschool I hated english because I couldnot understand it.
The teachers couldnot do practice and the class was very big.After that I went to highschool I wanted to learn English but I could not , so I hated it more.And anther reasons,the teachers did not teach me well and they were more serious and strict.I could not go to prived school because it was very expensive. fortunately i just pasted for exam. suddenly my husband came to uk and me.
When i was in school ,i learned three languages ,swihili ,frenm and english. The languages were important at school but i didn't like to speak french in class because in the when you made mistalles the students laughed at you and the teacher shouted. I liked french but ididn't like the
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