Breaking News English is a site that offers short articles on current events, along with various activities and quizzes to improve your language skills.
Here’s an example, an “easier” (level 3 of 7) story about Prince George (“First Photos of Prince George” from August 28, 2013)
But if Level 3 is too challenging for you, you can do the same story in Level 2, 1 or 0.
The activities include such tasks as:
- Pre-watching questions (predicting / vocabulary)
- Reading (and listen along)
- Comprehension questions, including Gap-Fill
- Discussion questions
- Writing prompts
- Grammar and spelling activities
Choose which activity you want to do first (starting with the “Before Reading/Listening” is a good idea), and then go through as many of the activities as you find interesting and useful.
This is a really wonderful site for language learners who want to practice on their own. I like that they offer different levels of the same story, and both British and American recordings of the text. It would be great if they could add even more World Englishes, too. And I like that there is such a wide variety of activities that require many different skills, both receptive and productive.