Easy Readers – Now with Audio

Are you looking for extra reading & listening practice for your low‑intermediate English learners? ESL Library’s Easy Readers (previously Mini‑Biographies) section has a new look and feel.


Each booklet includes the following:

  • a short reading about a familiar subject (low-intermediate level)
  • a streamable/downloadable audio file
  • a set of comprehension questions (for listening or reading comprehension and writing practice)
  • a few vocabulary review puzzles

Sample Topics

Here are a few sample topics from this section:


Here are some ideas for using these readers in your classrooms:

  • visit the ESL Lesson Plan Calendar and use a lesson that corresponds with a historic event (e.g. Rosa Parks Day)
  • assign audio before doing the lesson in class (flipped classroom style)
  • use comprehension questions for a reading assessment task
  • use reading for a summary/paraphrasing assessment task
  • offer reading and word search activity to students who finish other work ahead of time
  • leave booklets in a reading corner for extra reading practice
  • assign jigsaw activities where students learn about a subject and share information with others

Higher Levels

For intermediate to advanced readers, try our Famous People lessons.

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Leave a Comment ↓

  1. cheryl OConnell says:

    Feb 16, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    I am a member. How is my student able to access the audio?

    • Tara Benwell says:

      Feb 21, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Hi Cheryl,

      Some of these Easy Reader lessons are available as free podcasts. Any learner can listen to our podcasts. You can search for the podcast and share the link with your students. Or, since you are a member, you can download the audio from the lesson page on the site and play/share it with your students (or steam it online in class). Click on any lesson in the section, and you will see the audio recording and download button. https://esllibrary.com/courses/83/lessons

      Let us know if you have further questions. Thanks!

  2. Tara Benwell says:

    Feb 16, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Hi Lib,

    Congrats on your first year of teaching! It will be very helpful for you to have a membership to ESL Library. ESL Library subscribers have access to all of the lessons, resources, and flashcards on the site. You can use them for as long as you are a member. You can sign up here: https://esllibrary.com/sign_up


  3. lib baker says:

    Feb 15, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    I would like to print the full list of “Resources” as well as other listings in each section, such as “Easy Readers,” “Biographies,” etc. This is my first year as an ESL teacher and I am attempting to create an ESL TEACHING RESOURCES binder.These section listings would be so helpful. Thank you so much for the wonderful resources.

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