Boost English Reading Comprehension & ESL Listening Skills

Improve your English reading skills & listening skills with this fun interactive quiz-based course & knowledge builder.
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  • Lectures 48
  • Length 8.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 6/2014 English

Course Description

Improve your English reading skills, while getting a great education! STEPS English Programs is pleased to offer Udemy's first course in reading comprehension and academic knowledge building.

This fun interactive-quiz based course takes you step by step from 3rd grade level reading passages to 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grade level texts. Hundreds of interesting passages in the Sciences, Arts, & Humanities are included.

You will improve your reading comprehension skills, while also increasing your knowledge of history, astronomy, inventions, famous people, nature & animals, sports, health, art, foreign cultures, technology, and more!

The course has three types of quizzes:

1) Multiple Choice Reading Comprehension Quizzes

2) Video Reading Passage Quizzes (Improve Listening Skills Too!)

3) True & False Review Quizzes - Test Your Memory

Three Reading Passage Lengths

The reading comprehension passages come in three lengths: 100, 250, and 500 words. Not too long. Not too short. These reading passages are the perfect length to improve online reading comprehension.

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Who will benefit from this course?

All students can benefit from taking the STEPS Reading Comprehension Tests Program, including Primary School & High School students, Home school students, and ESL students.

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How Long Does the Course Take to Complete?

Completion time will vary. We do not suggest that students speed though the course, spending hours at a time working through the passages and quizzes.

We suggest that students do only 1 or 2 reading quizzes and one video reading quiz a day. At this speed, students can expect to complete the course in 33-48 days.

On completion of the course, you will receive an official Certificate of Completion from Udemy.

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So, let's get started!

What are the requirements?

  • Native English Students Should Be at a 3rd Grade English Reading Level (or Higher)
  • ESL & EFL Students Should Have Low-Mid Intermediate English Skills (or Higher)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Improved English Reading Comprehension
  • Improved Reading Skills Toward a 7th Grade Level
  • Increased Academic Knowledge (Sciences, Arts & Humanities)
  • Improved Recall After Online Reading
  • Improved Vocabulary & Pronunciaion
  • Improved English Listening Skills
  • Improved Performance on Standardized Reading Tests

What is the target audience?

  • Homeschool Students
  • Primary & Middle School Students
  • Remedial English Students (High School & College)
  • International Students
  • EFL & ESL Students (Adults & Children)
  • English Teachers

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

05:57

In this teacher's guide to the STEPS reading comprehension tests program, you will find student activity suggestions and learn how to organize an entire semester-long course around the program.

Section 1: STEP 3 English Reading Comprehension: 100 Word Passages (3rd – 4th Grade Level)
10 questions

Get started with 10 reading comprehension passages, where you will read about Koko the gorilla, how to deal with stress, renting Disneyland, figure skates, and more!

08:33

In this quiz activity of five reading passages, you will listen and read about swimming babies, Chinese history, 18th century fashion, germs & viruses, and more.

10 questions

In this set of 10 reading passages, you'll read about a famous ice-skating champion, how fast people walk, the art of jumping rope, and more!

09:10

In this quiz activity of five reading passages, you will listen and read about the color of the stars, safe bicycle riding, bugs & insects, and more.

10 questions

In this collection of 10 reading comprehension passages, you'll read about whales, Anne Frank, how to wash your hands properly, why geese fly in a V, the invention of the roller coaster, and more!

08:35

In this quiz activity of five reading passages, you will listen and read about the life of moths, eating meals in Sierra Leone, animals in movies, and more.

30 questions

In this reading comprehension review quiz, you will answer 30 True & False questions based on the 100 word passages that you have just read.

Section 2: STEP 3 English Reading Comprehension: 250 Word Passages (3rd – 4th Grade Level)
8 questions

In this collection of four reading comprehension passages, you will read an excerpt from Alice in Wonderland, a Bombay fable, ants, and more.

08:26

In this quiz activity of two reading passages, you will listen and read all about the waxy stuff in your ears and what fishermen do after they catch a fish.

10 questions

In this collection of five reading comprehension passages, you will read about life on a dairy farm, a fable about greedy sons, how water wells are drilled, and more.

10:33

In this quiz activity of three reading passages you will listen and read about the life of sailors, popular expressions with the word dog, and all about flutes.

14 questions

In this collection of seven comprehension passages, you will read about puppets, iguanas, frogs, a historic earthquake, and more.

10:47

In this quiz activity of three reading passages, you will listen and read about nicknames, state laws, popular expressions with numbers, and more.

12 questions

In this collection of eight reading comprehension passages, you will read about dog expressions, the history of the television, a glass museum, and more.

14:27

In this quiz activity of four reading passages, you will listen and read about fraternal groups, clouds, eco-friendly cars, and shorebirds.

16 questions

In this collection of eight reading comprehension passages, you will read about the famous magician Harry Houdini, the amazing author Helen Keller, building a house for pet rabbits, and more.

16:08

In this quiz activity of five reading passages, you will listen and read about keeping goats, gold history, laughter & good health, feelings of love, and more.

30 questions

In this reading comprehension review quiz, you will answer 30 True & False questions based on 250 word passages that you completed.

Section 3: STEP 3 English Reading Comprehension: 500 Word Passages (3rd – 4th Grade Level)
8 questions

In this pair of reading comprehension passages, you'll read about the Native-American legend of the giant turtles and facts about the game of chess. Remember that with the 500 word passages, each passage is followed by four quiz questions.

08:59

In this quiz activity of one 500 word reading passage, you will listen and read about some interesting geological facts about the Earth.

12 questions

In this collection of three reading comprehension passages, you read a tale from Tibet, activities for children, and facts about playing checkers.

07:46

In this quiz activity of one 500 word reading passage, you will listen and read all about hair growth on animals and people. How many hairs are on your head? You'll find out here!

12 questions

In this collection of three reading comprehension passages, you will read about the planets Mars and Saturn, a flood story, and a boy who got rabies.

13:44

In this quiz activity of two 500 word reading passages, you will listen and read about Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and the importance of childhood reading..

12 questions

In this collection of reading comprehension passages, you will read about a math game that you can play while on a road trip, tips for English learners, and how to use chopsticks.

30 questions

In this reading comprehension reviews quiz, you will answer 30 True & False questions based on the 500 word passages that you just completed.

Section 4: STEP 4 English Reading Comprehension: 100 Word Passages (4th – 5th Grade Level)
12 questions

In this collection of 12 reading comprehension passages, you will read about what architects do, healthy eating, safe bike riding, Thomas Edison & the invention of the light bulb, and more.

09:58

In this quiz activity of six reading passages, you will listen and read about igloos, wishing wells, knights, cheerleading, dogs that assist the deaf, and more.

12 questions

In this collection of 12 reading comprehension passages, you will read about the Grand Canyon, Abraham Lincoln, the making of honey, what happens during puberty, and more.

11:20

In this quiz activity of seven reading passages, you will listen and read about the Washington Monument, tennis racquets, life in boot camp, landscape architects, and more.

12 questions

In this collection of 12 reading comprehension passages, you will read about civil rights leader Rosa Parks, the work of city planners, what genes are, the writing of a business plan, and more.

11:46

In this quiz activity of seven reading passages, you will listen and read about sunburns, stars, the historic town of Tombstone, a tasty food from Morocco, and more.

12 questions

In this collection of 12 reading comprehension passages, you will read about paper making, time capsules, the Mayflower, the invention of the Ferris wheel, gardening, and more.

11:24

In this quiz activity of seven reading passages, you will listen and read about pearl divers, goldfish, a historic fire in London, the work of real estate agents, and more.

30 questions

In this reading comprehension review quiz, you will answer 30 True & False questions based on 250 word passages that you completed.

Section 5: STEP 4 English Reading Comprehension: 250 Word Passages (4th – 5th Grade Level)
12 questions

In this collection of six reading comprehension passages, you will read about the author of the famous children's story Heidi, life on a Thai farm, April Fool's Day, and more.

11:06

In this quiz activity of three reading passages, you will listen and read about growing cacti, a popular type of restaurant, helping people in need, and more.

12 questions

In the following collection of 6 reading comprehension passages, you will read about gardening, fruits, milk & cheese, a new type of exercise, and more.

10:56

In this quiz activity of three reading passages, you will listen and read about spiders, the clay arts, and ways that food is stored safely.

12 questions

In this collection of 6 reading comprehension passages, you will read about paper manufacturing, NASA robots, crocodiles, and more.

10:49

In this quiz activity of three reading passages, you will listen and read about pumpkins, why farmers like ladybugs, and how one young person learned to love vegetables!

12 questions

In this collection of 6 reading comprehension passages, you will read about violins, lightning bolts, Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken, and more.

10:58

In this quiz activity of three reading passages, you will listen and read about insects and plant nectar, soft drinks and your health, and the work of computer hackers.

12 questions

In this collection of 6 reading comprehension passages, you will read about cigarettes & smoking, the history of "Uncle Sam," some amazing insects, and more.

10:53

In this quiz activity of three reading passages, you will listen and read about braces & orthodontists, heredity, and the meaning & history of the expression "fall guy".

30 questions

In this reading comprehension quiz, you will answer 30 True & False questions based on the 250 word passages that you just completed.

Section 6: STEP 4 English Reading: 500 Word Passages (4th – 5th Grade Reading Difficulty)
12 questions

In this collection of 3 reading comprehension passages, you will read about the home of Abraham Lincoln, a stranded man who needs to be rescued, and how to talk with children.

07:54

In this quiz activity of one 500 word reading passage, you will listen and read about an ancient South Pacific legend involving two birds.

12 questions

In this collection of 3 reading passages, you will read about our beaches, the story of Paul Bunyan, and some people who played funny jokes on each other.

08:43

In this quiz activity of one 500 word reading passage, you will listen and read about some educational games that are fun to play in the classroom or at home.

12 questions

In this collection of 3 reading comprehension passages, you will read about the Greek philosopher Socrates, English education, and a fable about a cloud.

07:59

In this quiz activity of one 500 word reading passage, you will listen and read about the heart: what it is, what it does, what people thought it did (but were wrong), and warning signs of a heart attack.

12 questions

In this collection of 3 reading comprehension passages, you will read about some different kinds of animals; stars, galaxies, and quasars; and fun games that children can play.

07:50

In this quiz activity of one 500 word reading passage, you will listen and read about bamboo and the grass family of plants. You'll also learn a few popular English expressions with the word "grass" in them.

12 questions

In this collection of 3 reading comprehension passages, you will read about the history of domestic cats, our solar system, and school life in the 1950s.

31 questions

In this reading comprehension quiz, you will answer 30 True & False questions based on the 500 word passages that you just completed.

Section 7: STEP 5 English Reading Comprehension: 100 Word Passages (5th – 6th Grade Level)
15 questions

In this collection of fifteen reading comprehension passages, you will read about stars and the Milky Way, the invention of the cell phone, myths about acne, the humps on camels, and more.

11:07

In this quiz activity of seven reading passages, you will listen and read about natural gas, martial arts, web designers, peanut allergies, and more.

15 questions

In this collection of fifteen reading comprehension passages, you will read about the life of a flea, the importance of protein, where coal comes from, the sport of figure skating, and more.

11:08

In this quiz activity of seven reading passages, you will read listen and read about static electricity, farming in America, archeology, sugar in our food, and more.

14 questions

In this collection of fifteen reading comprehension passages, you will read about ping-pong in China, how wind is created, the artist Picasso, the poet Longfellow and more.

11:14

In this quiz activity of seven reading passages, you will listen and read about building campfires, garbage dumps, car pollution, parts of the eye, the yo-yo, and more.

15 questions

In this collection of 15 reading comprehension passages, you will read about some unique musicians in London, the work of firefighters, different kinds of lightning, how to take care of a sunburn, and more.

11:11

In this quiz activity of seven reading passages, you will listen and read about geometry, creating new inventions, launching a new business, a young judo champ, and more.

14 questions

In this collection of fourteen reading comprehension passages, you will read about tooth decay, Vitamin C, the Eiffel Tower, American coins, the largest bear on earth, and more.

30 questions

In this reading comprehension quiz, you will answer 30 True & False questions based on the 100 word passages that you just completed.

Section 8: STEP 5 English Reading Comprehension: 250 Word Passages (5th – 6th Grade Level)
8 questions

In this collection of five reading comprehension passages, you will read about the science of genetics, face transplants, the taking of vitamins, and more.

10:32

In this quiz activity of three reading passages, you will listen and read about comets in space, the early life a famous American President, and the French painter Matisse.

8 questions

In this collection of five reading comprehension passages, you will read about the planning a wedding, a young George Washington, the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, and more.

11:15

In this quiz activity of three reading passages, you will listen and read about important birthdays, glaciers, shadows, and solar eclipses.

12 questions

In this collection of six reading comprehension passages, you will read about pet identification tags, chromosomes, black holes, and more.

10:32

In this quiz activity of three reading passages, you will listen and read about diapers, ducks affected by oil spills, and the increasing popularity of tutoring.

10 questions

In this collection of six reading comprehension passages, you will read about the work of webmasters, popular "water" expressions, the physics of force, and more.

11:09

In this activity of three reading passages, you will listen and read about life in Belgium, the explorer Marco Polo, and the chemistry behind cleaning things with soap and water.

30 questions

In this reading comprehension quiz, you will answer 30 True & False questions based on the 250 word passages that you just completed.

Section 9: STEP 5 English Reading Comprehension: 500 Word Passages (5th – 6th Grade Level)
16 questions

In this collection of four reading comprehension passages, you will read about New Zealand, food & clothes during the Middle Ages, ancient castles, and more.

07:18

In this quiz activity of one 500 word reading passage, you will listen and read about the famous blacksmith and farm equipment builder John Deere.

12 questions

In this collection of four reading comprehension passages, you will read all about snow, the state of Minnesota, the cooking of eggs, and more.

08:07

In this quiz activity of one 500 word reading passage, you will be reading about the mother and early family life of President Abraham Lincoln.

16 questions

In this collection of four reading comprehension passages, you will read about energy use in the home, natural disasters, expressions with the word nose, and more

08:00

In this quiz activity of one 500 word reading passage, you will listen and read about earthquake legends from around the world.

16 questions

In this collection of four reading comprehension passages, you will read about the history of vitamins, colorful language, Earth's neighbors, and more.

14:05

In this quiz activity of two 500 word reading passages, you will listen and read about global warming and rainbows in mythology.

16 questions

In this collection of reading comprehension passages, you will read about American President Theodore Roosevelt, author Harriet Beecher Stowe, the U.S. flag, and more.

12:35

In this quiz activity of two 500 word reading passages, you will listen and read about the early U.S. settlers and the Native Americans, as well as the life of movie star Marilyn Monroe.

30 questions

In this reading comprehension quiz, you will answer 30 True & False questions based on the 500 word passages that you just completed.

Section 10: STEP 6 English Reading: 100 Word Passages (6th – 7th Grade Reading Difficulty)
15 questions

In this collection of fifteen reading comprehension passages, you will read about hot air balloons, grapefruits, asthma, the ozone layer, conservation, and more.

15:13

In this quiz activity of ten reading passages, you will listen and read about maps, Ramadan, sheep shearing, economists, skateboarding, successful marketing, being an entrepreneur, and more.

18 questions

In this collection of eighteen reading passages, you will read about the author Robert Louis Stevenson, archeologists, recycling, good nutrition, sea turtles, solar energy, and more.

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Instructor Biography

STEPS English Programs, Communications & Education Services

STEPS English Programs was founded by a group of long term professionals in the fields of English Education and Teaching English as a Second Language. Our group has over 50 years of combined experience in teaching English and creating English test material. We have a broad range of global English expertise, having worked at universities and schools in the United States, Europe, Middle East, and Asia.

Some of the institutions and organizations our founding members have worked at (or for) include Seattle Pacific University, North Seattle Community College, Johnson and Wales University - North Miami, Appalachian State University, University of West Bohemia, Mahidol University, Kasetsart University, the Japanese Ministry of Education, and the Malaysian Ministry of Education.

At STEPS we are dedicated to providing innovative reading comprehension courses that improve reading skills while expanding the student's knowledge base in the Sciences, Arts, and Humanities. Our education professionals also provide communications and marketing expertise to SMEs and organizations—including grant writing, SEO writing, press release writing, scientific editing, Wordpress website building, and more.

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