Simple, clear and easy to use

We've tried to keep Read Listen Learn as simple as possible to ensure that everything that it does is clear and easy to use.

Find things to read

Our stories and articles are categorised by fiction or non-fiction, reading level and theme.

You can search through the titles in the Find Articles area where you can browse or use the search tools available to help you find what you're looking for.

All the titles feature summaries so you can quickly see what each is about and decide what looks interesting.

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Add them to your library


Everyone using Read Listen Learn has their own **Library** where they can keep the stories and articles that they want to read.

Once you've found something that looks interesting, it's easy to add it to your **Library** where you can read it or come back to it later on.

Enjoy reading and listening

You can use our Reader to read stories and articles and view lists of similar titles.


Reading levels

Grade table

Our readers are graded according to five levels: elementary; pre-intermediate; intermediate; upper-intermediate and advanced. The levels have been designed with reference to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - the CEFR - and the table illustrates how they map to the framework and how they relate to IELTS levels.

Please note that the relationships shown in the table are necessarily approximate. This reflects the differences between writing prose for levels of ability, providing a framework for describing the achievements of learners and testing levels of English language proficiency.

To describe the entire range of language ability in five categories means that they must be very wide and so there is some variation in difficulty between different readers within the same level.

Content, themes and subject matter

In choosing stories and articles, we have considered themes that would be of interest to adult learners across all levels. Very often, textbooks and graded readers at elementary level are written for young teenagers and feature topics that are too childish for older people who want to start learning English in their twenties or later. We have tried to redress the balance by including stories written for adults and writing texts that deal with mature themes: everything from serial killers to history, from scientists to political conflict.

We do not claim that the non-fiction articles only include certifiable facts. Inevitably some reflect the opinions of the authors and they should not be regarded as reflecting any political agenda that Read Listen Learn is trying to propagate.

For our short stories, we have made a real effort to remain faithful to the intentions of the author. Although they have all been adapted for use as graded readers, we have strived to maintain the style of the author and we have not changed the order of events in a story or radically changed the plot.

We have attempted to include stories created by writers from as many English-speaking countries as we can, including the U.S.A., Scotland, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and England. However, there are many others that are translations from Russian, French, German, Norwegian, Finnish and Bengali. We want to expand this list over time and would like to involve readers in doing so.