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Free ESL Reading Comprehension Worksheets for Your Lessons

Do you need English reading comprehension worksheets to supplement your ESL classroom?

Check out some of the worksheets and editable documents on this page.

Why Reading Comprehension Is Important

Reading comprehension, or the ability to understand the things you read, is a vital component of any ESL curriculum.

Students learning a second language may be able to easily and accurately pronounce the text they see on a page without actually understanding what it says, so it’s important to test them to make sure they’re actually comprehending the things they’re reading.

It’s also important to give your students strategies for reading to help them more easily understand stories and other texts.

Incorporate Reading Comprehension Exercises in Your ESL Classes

You can teach reading comprehension in your ESL class by giving students exercises to complete directly after they read a passage. This forces them to pay attention to the content of what they’re reading because they know questions are coming.

You can also practice active reading with your students, showing them how to pay attention to sentence structures and keywords. This helps them recognize what to look for when they’re reading and figure out what’s happening in a passage without understanding every single word.

Because reading is a solitary activity, reading comprehension worksheets are a great homework assignment for students. Your ESL students can read and answer questions at their own pace at home, strengthening their reading comprehension skills and deepening their love of learning in the process.

Printable ESL Reading Comprehension Worksheets

You can download and print all of the following worksheets for free. Use them in your lessons or assign them as homework to your students.

Our worksheets archive is currently under development.
Please get in touch if you want to contribute resources to share with your fellow teachers.

Worksheet TopicFile Download
10 Most Profitable Companies in 2013
3-3 Reading Comp and Info-Gap – Adverbs of FrequencyWord
Bilingual studies reveal flaw in how info reaches mainstreamWord
Culture ShockWord
District rakes in $92 million from parking ticketsWord
Read the cases and fill in the tablePDF
Eat Your Words A Guide to Menu English
10 Amazingly Dumb Things We Do With SmartphonesWord
A high divorce rate means its time to try ‘Wedleases’Word
Black FridayWord
Bribing Children to BehaveWord
Business Lunch — 10 Things Not to doWord
Columbus DayWord
Cicadas Coming to USWord
Does the language you speak affect how much you save?Word
Do women talk more than men?Word
Emperors New ClothesWord
Equinox burning of the SocksWord
Five Reasons to Skip BreakfastWord
Freedom vs LibertyWord
Gun Deaths Violent Crime Overall is DownWord
Groundhog dayWord
Halloween Jackson Swine Flu Top Costume ListsWord
History of CarnivalWord
How Many Continents Are ThereWord
In Praise Of Urban DictionariesWord
Independence Day and The Declaration of IndependenceWord
Life imitates sportsWord
Labor DayWord
Lunar New YearWord
Mardi Gras and Shrove TuesdayWord
March MadnessWord
National Cherry Blossom FestivalWord
Martin Luther King Jr DayWord
New Year in Southeast AsiaWord
New YearWord

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