IN THE news: reading Comprehension

In this section EFL students can learn new vocabulary and improve their reading comprehension with these English news articles. The articles cover a broad range of topics related to activism and social justice.

Berlin’s Vote to Take Properties from Big Landlords Could be a Watershed Moment (The Guardian)

Berlin’s Vote to Take Properties from Big Landlords Could be a Watershed Moment (The Guardian)

Advanced
September 29, 2021

Read all about Berlin's recent referendum vote to expropriate thousands of apartments, in this advanced-level English article from the Guardian

Brazil Protesters Denounce Bolsonaro Over COVID Crisis (Al Jazeera)

Brazil Protesters Denounce Bolsonaro Over COVID Crisis (Al Jazeera)

Intermediate
May 20, 2021

Read this intermediate-level article from Al Jazeera about protests in Brazil against president Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the corona pandemic. The article includes vocabulary explanations and related conversation questions.

Amazon Workers in Alabama Vote Against Forming Company’s First Union (The Guardian)

Amazon Workers in Alabama Vote Against Forming Company’s First Union (The Guardian)

Advanced
April 9, 2021

Amazon has won a victory in its hard-fought campaign to stop workers at an Alabama warehouse forming the company’s first union, in a tough blow for the US labor movement

Germany: Collective Deportation of Tamils to Sri Lanka Met With Outrage (Info Migrants)

Germany: Collective Deportation of Tamils to Sri Lanka Met With Outrage (Info Migrants)

Intermediate
April 6, 2021

Twenty-four Tamils have been deported from Germany to Sri Lanka. Citing the danger returnees face, a refugee support organization and a Catholic priest condemned the action

Malcolm X Family Demands Reopening of Murder Investigation (BBC News)

Malcolm X Family Demands Reopening of Murder Investigation (BBC News)

Advanced
February 22, 2021

The daughters of assassinated US black civil rights leader Malcolm X have requested that the murder investigation be reopened in light of new evidence

Algeria to Collect 1 Million Signatures for Bill Criminalising French Colonialism (Middle East Monitor)

Algeria to Collect 1 Million Signatures for Bill Criminalising French Colonialism (Middle East Monitor)

Intermediate
February 8, 2021

Algerian MPs have started a petition to call on the government to enact a law to criminalise the French colonial occupation of the country

More Than 5,000 Protesters Arrested in Russia (DW)

More Than 5,000 Protesters Arrested in Russia (DW)

Intermediate
January 31, 2021

Police have detained over 5,100 people in Russia and used unprecedented security measures to try and stop the protests

Argentina Legalises Abortion (DW)

Argentina Legalises Abortion (DW)

Easy+
December 30, 2020

Women in Argentina will now have the right to terminate pregnancy up to 14 weeks. The Senate vote is an important development for abortion rights in Latin America.

Federal Judge Orders Wisconsin to Provide Transition Care to Trans Inmate (them)

Federal Judge Orders Wisconsin to Provide Transition Care to Trans Inmate (them)

Advanced
December 19, 2020

A judge has ruled that a trans inmate in Wisconsin should receive gender-affirming medical care.

Ella Kissi-Debrah: Nine-Year-Old is First Person in the UK to Have Air Pollution Listed on Death Certificate (iNews)

Ella Kissi-Debrah: Nine-Year-Old is First Person in the UK to Have Air Pollution Listed on Death Certificate (iNews)

Intermediate
December 21, 2020

For the first time ever in the UK, a coroner has ruled that air pollution made a ‘real contribution’ to Ella’s death in 2013

Oklahoma Elects a Non-Binary Black Muslim Millennial to The State House (LGBTQ Nation)

Oklahoma Elects a Non-Binary Black Muslim Millennial to The State House (LGBTQ Nation)

Advanced
November 4, 2020

27-year-old Mauree Turner unseated an incumbent and cruised to victory to become the first Muslim individual elected in Oklahoma.

Poland Protesters Tussle with Police After Abortion Ruling (euronews)

Poland Protesters Tussle with Police After Abortion Ruling (euronews)

Intermediate
October 23, 2020

Poland's constitutional court has ruled that abortions due to birth defects are unconstitutional