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Do you want to practise your reading and learn about global issues, special days and festivals?

In this section, read articles about a wide variety of topics. The articles are written for intermediate (CEFR level B1) and upper intermediate (CEFR level B2) learners.

You will improve your reading comprehension and develop your vocabulary on a diverse range of international events, celebrations and topics. Each article has interactive exercises to help you understand and use the language.

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21 May 2024

The FA Cup

It is the most famous sporting competition in the UK and football's oldest competition. It's watched by millions of people. Read more to understand Britain's obsession with the FA Cup final.

26 Mar 2024

Easter

Easter is a very important festival for most Christians, and for many other people it's a time to celebrate the arrival of spring, and of course eat chocolate eggs! 

15 Mar 2024

World Water Day

Everyone needs water, and every drop is precious. On 22 March, World Water Day draws attention to the essential role of water in our lives, the difficulties many people have getting clean water, and solutions to these problems. 

15 Mar 2024

Holi

What do you know about Holi? Read the article to find out about this very colourful festival, celebrated by Hindus all over the world.

13 Mar 2024

Nowruz

Nowruz is the Persian New Year celebration. It takes place in the spring. Read this article and find out how people celebrate this important day.

06 Nov 2023

Diwali

What do you know about Diwali? It's one of the biggest events in the Indian calendar. And that means big celebrations in multicultural cities in Britain, too. Find out all about the festival and how it is celebrated in Britain.

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