Advanced English reading

from Linguapress ~  Levels B2 - C1 - C2

Advanced English reading texts - average level C1 

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Thematic index:   American themes British themes Short stories, word games English grammar

 TOPICAL   Who killed Martin Luther King?
   It was sixty years ago, in August 1963, that Martin Luther King made one of the great speeches that defined the United States of modern times. The I have a Dream speech was made in August 1963; five years later, King had been assassinated by someone who did not share that dream.....
    ► Who killed Martin Luther King?  - with audio  

 NEW     Mahatma Gandhi 
   Mahatma Gandhi has gone down in history as one of the most influential people of the twentieth century.
    ► Gandhi - his life and legacy - with audio

 NEW   TOPICAL   KIng Charles and the British Monarchy
   What future is there for the British monarchy? Under Queen Elizabeth it had its ups and downs, finishing on a high note. Can King Charles ensure its survival?
    ► The King, the Monarchy and their future -   with audio

TOPICAL   Time to talk of Energy shortages. A global problem.
   One way of reducing CO² emissions is to move from petrol / gas powered cars to electric vehicles. It's something that most countries want to achieve. But are the goals attainable? That is by no means sure......
    ► The electric car revolution, realistic or optimistic? with interactive worksheet.

TOPICAL    Time to talk of American Democracy...
President Biden has told Americans that they have to stand up for their democracy; it is not a guaranteed right. Here is an article that looks at the origins of US democracy and its roots in medieval England.
   From Magna Carta to American democracy  with interactive worksheet.

 NEW   Los Angeles - city on the brink -   with audio

Advanced English reading texts: while the majority of texts in this resource are at CEF levels C1,  a few are harder (level C2) and a few are easier (level B2). All the texts in this collection are written in normal English; however in order to maximize their language  teaching potential, most have been specifically written for students of English as a foreign or second language, or else for high school students. Texts are accompanied by advanced reading comprehension worksheets designed to prepare students for the Cambridge Advanced English (C1) certification or for the international  TOEFL or TOEIC tests. 
Printable reading texts: most pages are printer-friendly and will print directly as well as, or better than, PDF versions.

Teachers: Reading comprehension texts are accompanied by exercises and classroom suggestions for use in class.

1. Reading comprehension - articles on life and issues in  North America

Life in  America 

America : people and society

American music

USA : places and environment

International themes,  language

2. Reading comprehension - articles on life and issues in the UK and Ireland

Britain : people


3. Technical English, short stories and word games

Technical English

Advanced English short stories and games

4. The English language (information texts) home
English Grammar Découvrez l'Angleterre  
en français / in French
Discover Britain

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English for B2, C1 and C2 levels. Advanced English reading resources 

  ◙  CEFR / TELC - Upper intermediate to Proficiency
  ◙  IELTS - levels 6 - 9
  ◙  ACTFL - levels  Advanced-high – Superior.


Most  Linguapress Advanced English texts score as follows on the Flesch-Kincaid scales:
Grade : between 8 and above,
Readability level
s : 
peng60 - 70  Plain English - B2
diff50 - 60 Fairly  difficult - C1
diff50 - 60  Difficult - C1 - C2

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