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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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17 Jul 2023


A picture speaks a thousand words. And with over a thousand emoji pictures to represent our words, who needs to speak or write any more?! Let's take a closer look at the UK's fastest-growing language.

03 Jun 2023

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.

27 Mar 2023


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! 

20 Mar 2023


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.

09 Mar 2023

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. 

17 Feb 2023


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

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