Boost English Reading Comprehension & ESL Listening Skills
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Improve your English reading skills & listening skills with this fun interactive quiz-based course & knowledge builder.
4.8 (18 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Last updated 8/2014
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Includes:
  • 8.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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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)
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!

Who 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
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Expand All 48 Lectures Collapse All 48 Lectures 08:28:11
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How to Get the Most Out of This English Reading Program
1 Lecture 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.

Preview 05:57
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STEP 3 English Reading Comprehension: 100 Word Passages (3rd – 4th Grade Level)
3 Lectures 26:18

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!

English Reading Practice Test: Gorillas, Figure Skates & More
10 questions

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.

Preview 08:33

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!

English Reading Practice Test: Walking, Jumping Rope & More
10 questions

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.

Preview 09:10

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!

English Reading Practice Test: Anne Frank, Whales & More
10 questions

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.

Video Reading Passages: Moths, Sierre Leone & More
08:35

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

English Reading Comprehension Review Quiz - True & False
30 questions
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STEP 3 English Reading Comprehension: 250 Word Passages (3rd – 4th Grade Level)
5 Lectures 01:00:21

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

English Reading Practice Test: A Bombay Fable & More
8 questions

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.

Video Reading Passages: Fisherman, Ear Wax & More
08:26

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.

English Reading Practice Test: Dairy Farms, Wells & More
10 questions

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.

Video Reading Passages: Sailors, Dogs, Flutes & More
10:33

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

English Reading Practice Test: Earthquakes, Puppets & More
14 questions

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

Video Reading Passages: Weird State Laws & More
10:47

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

English Reading Practice Test: Glass, Television & More
12 questions

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

Video Reading Passages: Shorebirds, Clouds & More
14:27

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.

English Reading Practice Test: Houdini, Helen Keller & More
16 questions

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.

Video Reading Passages: Goats, Gold, Laughter & More
16:08

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

English Reading Comprehension Review Quiz: True & False
30 questions
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STEP 3 English Reading Comprehension: 500 Word Passages (3rd – 4th Grade Level)
3 Lectures 30:29

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.

English Reading Practice Test: The Game of Chess
8 questions

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

Video Reading Passage: Geological Earth Facts
08:59

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

English Reading Practice Test: Playing Checkers, Tibet & More
12 questions

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!

Video Reading Passages: Human & Animal Hair
07:46

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.

English Reading Practice Test: Planets, Rabies, & More
12 questions

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..

Video Reading Passages: The Wizard of Oz & More
13:44

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.

English Reading Practice Test: Chopsticks, Math & More
12 questions

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

English Reading Comprehension Review Quiz - True & False
30 questions
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STEP 4 English Reading Comprehension: 100 Word Passages (4th – 5th Grade Level)
4 Lectures 44:28

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.

English Reading Practice Test: Architects, Health & More
12 questions

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.

Video Reading Passages: Igloos, Knights, Dogs & More
09:58

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.

English Reading Practice Test: Honey, Puberty & More
12 questions

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.

Video Reading Passages: Tennis Racquets, Boot Camp & More
11:20

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.

English Reading Practice Test: Rosa Parks, Genes & More
12 questions

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.

Video Reading Passages: Sunburn, Moraccan Food & More
11:46

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.

English Reading Practice Test: Paper Making, Gardens & More
12 questions

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.

Video Reading Passages: Pearl Divers, Real Estate & More
11:24

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

English Reading Comprehension Review Quiz - True & False
30 questions
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STEP 4 English Reading Comprehension: 250 Word Passages (4th – 5th Grade Level)
5 Lectures 54:42

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.

English Reading Practice Test: April Fool's Day & More
12 questions

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.

Video Reading Passages: Growing Cacti, Charity & More
11:06

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

English Reading Practice Test: Cheese, Exercise & More
12 questions

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.

Video Reading Passages: Spiders, Clay Making & More
10:56

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

English Reading Practice Test: Robots, Crocodiles & More
12 questions

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!

Video Reading Passages: Pumpkins, Ladybugs & More
10:49

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

English Reading Practice Test: Violins, Fireflies & More
12 questions

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.

Video Reading Passages: Computer Hackers & More
10:58

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

English Reading Practice Test: Smoking Cigarettes & More
12 questions

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".

Video Reading Passages: Wearing Braces, Heredity & More
10:53

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

English Reading Comprehension Review Quiz - True & False
30 questions
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STEP 4 English Reading: 500 Word Passages (4th – 5th Grade Reading Difficulty)
4 Lectures 32:26

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.

English Reading Practice Test: Talking to Kids & More
12 questions

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

Video Reading Passages: A South Pacific Legend
07:54

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.

English Reading Practice Test: Beaches, Paul Bunyan & More
12 questions

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.

Video Reading Passages: Fun Educational Games
08:43

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

English Reading Practice Test: Socrates, Fables & More
12 questions

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.

Video Reading Passages: All About the Heart
07:59

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.

English Reading Practice Test: Galaxies, Quasars & More
12 questions

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.

Video Reading Passages: Bamboo. Grass Sayings & More
07:50

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.

English Reading Practice Test: The Solar System & More
12 questions

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

English Reading Comprehension Review Quiz - True & False
31 questions
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STEP 5 English Reading Comprehension: 100 Word Passages (5th – 6th Grade Level)
4 Lectures 44:40

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.

English Reading Practice Test: Cell Phones, Acne & More
15 questions

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

Video Reading Passages: Natural Gas, Martial Arts & More
11:07

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.

English Reading Practice Test: Coal, Fleas, Protein & More
15 questions

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.

Video Reading Passages: Electricity, Archeology & More
11:08

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.

Reading Comprehension: Picasso, Longfellow & More
14 questions

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.

Video Reading Passages: Campfires, Garbage & More
11:14

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.

English Reading Practice Test: Firefighters, Lightning & More
15 questions

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.

Video Reading Passages: Inventions, Geometry & More
11:11

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.

English Reading Practice Test: Bears, Tooth Decay & More
14 questions

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

English Reading Comprehension Review Quiz - True & False
30 questions
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STEP 5 English Reading Comprehension: 250 Word Passages (5th – 6th Grade Level)
4 Lectures 43:28

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

English Reading Practice Test: Transplants, Vitamins & More
8 questions

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.

Video Reading Passages: Matisse, Painting, Comets & More
10:32

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.

English Reading Practice Test: Hanukkah, Weddings & More
8 questions

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

Video Reading Passages: Glaciers, Solar Eclipses & More
11:15

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

English Reading Practice Test: Pet IDs, Black Holes & More
12 questions

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.

Video Reading Passages: Diapers, Oil Spils, Ducks & More
10:32

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.

English Reading Practice Test: Physics, Websites & More
10 questions

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.

Video Reading Passages: Belgium, Marco Polo & More
11:09

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

English Reading Comprehension Review Quiz - True & False
30 questions
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STEP 5 English Reading Comprehension: 500 Word Passages (5th – 6th Grade Level)
5 Lectures 50:05

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

English Reading Practice Test: New Zealand, Food & More
16 questions

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.

Video Reading Passages: Blacksmiths, John Deere & More
07:18

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

English Reading Practice Test: Snow, Minnesota & More
12 questions

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.

Video Reading Passages: Abraham Lincoln & More
08:07

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

English Reading Practice Test: Energy, Disasters & More
16 questions

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

Video Reading Passages: Earthquake Legends Worldwide
08:00

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

English Reading Practice Test: Earth's Neighbors & More
16 questions

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

Video Reading Passages: Global Warming, Rainbows & More
14:05

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.

English Reading Practice Test: Authors, the U.S Flag & More
16 questions

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.

Video Reading Passages: Native Americans & More
12:35

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

English Reading Comprehension Review Quiz - True & False
30 questions
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STEPS English Programs
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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.