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Graded reading: articles

If you are a student and want to practice your reading, you can use the articles in graded English on this page to help you. They can also be used in class.

The articles are about topical issues that you can find in the news and are from 200 - 500 words in length. Each one is simplified (graded) so that is suitable for students at a particular level: elementary, intermediate or advanced.

Below each article is a list of the more difficult words that is linked to the Cambridge Online Dictionary and an online comprhension and vocaublary quiz. You can also download the articles to keep in PDF form.

Happy reading!

picture: The Moser lamp
A Brilliant Invention

Brazilian inventor Thomas Moser's bright idea is helping millions in the developing world.


Multi-part articles

These articles form parts of complete lesson plans. They can be read alone, or if you want to try the other parts of the lesson, you will find a navigation bar above the article.

picture: Frederick Trump with his family, 1915. Fred Trump on the left.
Frederick Trump

Donald Trump's grandfather, Frederick Trump, emigrated to America in the late 19th century and made a fortune in the Yukon gold rush.

picture: Rooftops, Queens, NYC
Fred Trump

Donald Trump's father, Fred, built solid middle-class housing in the New York suburbs, learned how use government housing schemes to his advantage, and turned his father's gold rush profits into a fortune.

picture: Donald Trump campaigning in Las Vegas
Donald Trump

As much a media figure as a businessman, Donald Trump's controversial career has seen him move from the New York property market to entertainment, the media and finally politics.

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Wear high heels or go home

London receptionist told to wear high heeled shoes or go home without pay