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Reading comprehension -
articles on life and issues in the United
States and Canada
Life in America
- NEW Awaiting the Big One . Another massive earthquake could hit California around 2018
- Skyscrapers now found in cities worldwide, Skyscrapers were once symbols of America.
- Wall Street Culture - One could call it America's most popular street culture.
- The story of Ellis Island, the gateway to America through which millions once passed.
- Thanksgiving - a very American festival.
- Mardi gras in New Orleans - the most colorful festival in the USA.
- College sport USA - Sport is part of US campus life, but at what cost?
- Rodeo - the sport of the American West .
- The Yukon Quest - The 1000 mile race that is the toughest race in the world..
People and society
- Hillary Clinton - the early years . by Nicole Bernheim.
- Citizen Welles - a short biography of Orson Welles, the greatest unsuccessful Holywood director.
- Who killed Martin Luther King? Mystery still surrounds the assassination of America's greatest civil rights leader.
- Rosa Parks - the young lady whose defiance helped start the Civil rights movement
- So just who is Angelyne ? - the Hollywood celebrity who's famous just for being famous
- America's Amish; model society? A look at some Americans with an unusual lifestyle
- America's teen courts - Where teenage offenders are judged by other teens..
- Crime-time Basketball - Midnight basketball aims to keep young people off the streets..
- America's Drive-in Movie theaters - how much longer will they last?
- Americans fat and thin - A third of Americans are seriously overweight.
- The Mormons, a curiously American phenomenon. One of America's biggest fringe religions.
- NEW Woodie Guthrie . The Dustbowl baladeer.
- The Story of the Blues - by Robert Springer
- Interview with Leonard Cohen .
- Jewel, the voice from Alaska - the singing sensation from America's far north.
- Mississippi music - Jazz, blues, soul and rock 'n' roll, they all originated in the Mississippi valley.
- John Lennon- Remembering the death of the Beatle who changed the world..
Places and environment
- Highway 66 revisited - A trip down America's legendary "Route 66"
- Mighty Mississippi - the river that links and divides the USA
- Bodie - where the West was once wildest - Visiting a ghost town in the mountains of California.
- America's bald eagles - a story of success . How the emblematic bird of the USA has been saved from extinction.
- Save the Everglades - Florida's unique wetlands are in serious danger.
- California's Water Wars - Larry Wood reports on a critical issue facing Californians.
- Deserts of America - A large part of the western USA is covered by desert, and it is getting larger.
- A town called Sturgis - Mecca for Harley Davidson riders
- NEW Agatha Christie - She died in 1976, but she's still a worldwide bestseller.
- English pub signs What lies behind the sometimes strange names of English pubs ?
- NEW Shakespeare 400 years on Shakespeare died 400 years ago, so why is he still so important ?
- Life in Umbridge - Finding a place to live in rural Britain can be hard for ordinary folk.
- Stephen Hawking - the world's greatest mind
- Tea and the British - Tea has been Britain's favourite drink for more than two centuries
- J.R.R. Tolkien - the creator of the Hobbit
- London's Notting Hill Carnival - Europe's biggest street carnival
- Britain's Chinese come out on top - they are the most successful group in modern Britain
- All you need is Love - A true story from Ireland, by Leanne Meyer
- Smugglers - an old activity enters a new phase - Smuggling has long been an illicit activity on England's south coast
- Nature / wildlife: the Bird Man of the Isles - an interview from the Scottish isle of Skye.
- NEW Technical : The story of the jet plane
- Technical: Charles Babbage, the father of the computer (short text).
- Technical (hard): Meet Robodog
- More resources coming
3. Short stories and word games
- Short story: The Car - a short story in advanced level English
- Short story: Blue Gum Tree - a short story from New Zealand
- Short Story: Lucky Jim - an original short story from the USA, by Walda Cameron
- Word games and puzzles
- Quiz: Famous Americans
- Grammar quizzes
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