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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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World Mental Health Day, on 10 October, is a day to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world. Read the article to learn more.
Young man cutting vegetables
Do you think a lot about what you eat? In many countries vegetarianism is becoming more and more popular. Read the article to find out why.
October is Black History Month in the UK. It recognises black people's achievements and teaches people about black history.
The International Day of Peace is on 21 September. It aims to build a more peaceful world for everyone who lives in it.
teenagers in Halloween costumes
October 31 is Halloween and it's celebrated in many countries around the world. What are the origins of this spooky day and how do people celebrate today? Read the article and find out.
In June 2022 Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the 70th anniversary of her becoming queen. It's extra special because no other British queen or king has ever done this!
In the UK, schools close for about two weeks at Easter time. Read on to find out more about how Easter is celebrated in Britain.
Ramadan is the Muslim holy month. So, what goes on during Ramadan and what does it mean? Young Muslims from the UK tell us why Ramadan is important to them.
Humanity needs water, and every drop is precious. On March 22nd, World Water Day is a day to celebrate water and make a difference for people who do not have the water they need.
COP26 will take place from 1 to 12 November 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Find out what it's for, what will happen and how young people are getting involved.
One of the world’s most important inventions is celebrating its 30th birthday. Read the article to find out what it is. 
Have you experienced bullying? You're not alone. Read the article to understand more about bullying and find out what you can do to stop it.
Spring! Colours! Love! Holi is a time to play and laugh, forget and forgive.
Playing computer games is fun. It’s also a serious business with competitions, champions, fans and big money prizes. Read all about esports!
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.
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.
2016 is the centenary of Roald Dahl's birth. Find out about the life and works of one of the most popular authors in the UK.
Have you ever heard about International Women's Day? Why do we need a day to celebrate just half the inhabitants of our planet? Find out about this special day by reading the text below. 
What does Scotland look like? What languages do they speak? And what can you do in Scotland? Read and find out!
Is Northern Ireland beautiful? Do Irish people speak Irish? And what exactly is Gaelic football? Read about Northern Ireland and find out!
What's the difference between Great Britain and the United Kingdom? What's the best English music festival? And do English people really drink a lot of tea? Read about England and find out!
Where's Wales? Is Welsh similar to English? And is Wales a good place to visit? Read and find out!
Mmm ... did someone say pancakes?! Read about Pancake Day and learn how to make this delicious treat for yourself.
Do you do sports at school? In the UK everyone has to do some sort of sports at school until the age of 16 but it's not just football or netball these days. 
Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is famous for its summer festivals. 
British school children are now learning computer coding. What do they think about it? And are teachers ready for the coding revolution?
We all need to buy stuff from time to time. But do we think about how our shopping affects people, animals and the environment? Here's how you can love fashion and the world we live in.
Earth Hour is an annual event which asks you to switch off all your lights for one hour. The aim is to involve as many people as possible in positive change for our planet.
How do you make sure you stay safe online? Everyone who uses the internet needs to know how to use it safely. Read about online safety in the UK. 
What do you know about Hanukkah? Find out how the Jewish Festival of Lights is celebrated in the UK.