ESL Teachers Board: ESL jobs, ESL resumes and free ESL resources

 

Return to home page

 

 

Timed Reading

(Intermediate ESL level)

 

Click the Start Reading button under the following text when you are ready to start reading.

Then read the whole text and click the Finish button when you finish reading; it will give you your reading time and rate.

     
     
 

Don Quijote

 

 
 

Miguel de Cervantes (1550-1616) is considered  the most acclaimed  writer in Spanish.  Cervantes' masterpiece , El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (1605, 1615), is the most significant book of the Spanish letters.  What is this novel about?  At the very beginning of the first chapter we meet Alonso Quijano, a gentleman who has no productive activity to occupy his fertile mind.  He devotes his time to reading books of chivalry, most of them bad, and this hobby catapults him into the unreal world of those books, leaving him utterly confused about himself and about his perception of the world around him. 

 

The protagonist decides to become a knight-errant with the name don Quixote de la Mancha.  The protagonist of a romance of chivalry is always young, handsome, and strong.  Yet, don Quixote is middle age, rides a broken-down horse, and wears an old armor patched with cardboard.  He does not travel to exotic lands, but rather he tries to be a knight in Spain, in the desert-like and under-populated plain of La Mancha.

 

Knights perform useful deeds---helping kings repel invaders and eliminating menaces of the public order - whereas don Quixote sets prisoners free, and attacks windmills,  armies of sheep, and wineskins.  He is also a knight in love.  Don Quixote falls in love not with a beautiful noble woman, but with a peasant girl who, according to Sancho Panza, don Quixote's squire, has a strong voice and smells like a man.

 

Click the Start Reading button below when you are ready to start reading.

Then read the whole text and click the Finish button when you finish reading; it will give you your reading time and rate.

 

   

                 

To re-start the Quiz, click on the Start Reading button again.

My Arabic for your English  by: ebtesame
I'M interested to learn english
Pen Pals: Looking for English speaking pen pals  by: Oleg
Hello, everyone! I am 25 and live in Kyiv, Ukraine. Yes, you must have heard of us recently. I am here to find pen pals from all over the world to practise English together. If you're a native..
Pen Pals: Looking for English speaking pen pals  by: kate
Hi, my name is kate. I am a middle- aged freelanced esl teacher in Beijing. I am a beijinger. I'm looking for friends from english speaking countries all over the world. I'd like you to paractise..
My Arabic for your English  by: khaled
my Arabic for your English
My English for your Chinese (website for language exchange)  by: Luvlang
Hello, are you interested in group communication? We have started a small online study group (both Chinese and English). This is a voice chat group focused on practicing conversational skills etc...
English Tutor: Business English online  by: Maxim Achkasov
Maxim Achkasov is a Business English teacher, who offers online one-to-one courses for professional purposes to individual clients. He has two degrees (B.A., M.A.) from the University of Manchester...
Online Schools Looking For Tutors: ONLINE NATIVE ESL TEACHERS   by: Edu-Pal.com
Edu-pal.com is a Chinese Online ESL school with a rapidly growing students. We are actively looking for an enthusiastic native ESL teachers/partners all over the world who can make video recordings..
English Tutor: For Your Everyday Needs  by: Mia
Self-study is good, but having a partner is tenfold better. Wouldn't it be more productive to study English with a reliable partner online? Let's see: - Get to speak English aloud, realistically, not..
Re understand the difference between “its” and “it’s”  by: Dr. Turnoi Turjakuunnen
To be fair, it is only the first part of the text that is a bit ill-written, the rest is quite all right, and even the first part with som errors is quite comprehensible if you make some efforts...
Re understand the difference between “its” and “it’s”  by: Michelle
You are obviously not a native speaker. Your article itself is full of grammatical errors. In your feeble attempt to set the world straight, you have shown your own inability to use the language..
understand the difference between “its” and “it’s”  by: li
It should be “synthetic rubber was chosen as its substitute”, NOT “synthetic rubber was chosen as it’s substitute”. Why do we Americans unable to understand the difference between “its”..
Re: ESL student newspaper  by: Yanni Zack
Casey, Congratulations on wanting the students to develop an ESL Newspaper. Here is my suggestion: Determine what the interests are for your ESL Students regarding the different roles in the..
Re: Taking minutes & writing reports  by: Yanni Zack
Sondes, Here is an article I found on How to Take Business Meeting Notes How to run an eco club meeting Taking meeting minutes Minutes are just notes you take in a meeting, helping to remind you what..
Re: Online tutorial questions  by: Yanni Zack
Since we are now moving into the technology world for Online Teaching, I am finding that using Skype is a great way to conduct ESL Teaching as this uses both the Phone and chat at the same time.
How to teach bilingual students successfully?  by: Isabel Wiliams
An effective bilingual education is in its nature multidimensional and flexible in classroom instruction, organization the creation of a program aimed to reach specific objectives. Teachers facing..
The Affective Filter  by: Keith Brooks
Years ago I was teaching English in Korea when I noticed one student was staring at me like a deer staring into headlights. I was sure she was lost in the lesson. I then noticed her grades were..
How to get a better English Teaching job  by: Lily Ryan
One thing is certain – the current recession climate will only serve students of English to tighten their belts and reconsider private tutoring or taking language classes at all. Many companies..
ESL Activity - Paper Airplane Game  by: Jamie Rochfort
Directions: • Issue each student with 2 or 3 A4 sheets of scrap paper along with the written instructions (see below); • Provide a demonstration for the class by making one with the step-by-step..
ESL English Lesson: Saudi driving ban for women  by: David Robinson
Today let’s talk about women not being allowed to drive a car in Saudi Arabia. Can you imagine a woman in your country not being allowed to drive a car simply because she is a woman? It’s hard to..
ESL English Lesson: Noisy and disruptive neighbours!  by: David Robinson
Today let’s talk about noisy neighbours! They can be very annoying. It can be loud music blasting out. Someone could hold a party. In this instance it is better they invite their neighbours. If you..
The History of Parachute Pants  by: Bettina Palileo
Parachute pants are characterized by their material. Just like actual parachutes, they are made of nylon, allowing them to be lightweight and durable. The crotch is low and pockets and zippers adorn..
About The History of Birthday Candles  by: Peggy Epstein
When the iced and decorated cake is brought to the table at a birthday party, it's ablaze with candles. A longstanding tradition, the lighting of birthday candles is said to have started with the..
About Flamenco Dancing  by: Debra Stein
Flamenco dancing is much more than a pattern of steps or a style of movement. It is defined by the emotional interpretation of music and song, and the influence of a culture that shaped its form...
Re I am Dracula....No, Frankenstein....LOL  by: cunning linguist
"I know the remark was not aimed at, or intended for me. It does however answer why my previous call for help went unnoticed." Which is of course why you asked the question so that you could mention..
Re About offer in China - "Bruce Lee" with GTEChina or Global Tour Education  by: Arej
I got the same message to... I asked him a few questions and he hasn't replied yet either
Re I am Dracula....No, Frankenstein....LOL  by: San Migs
thank you for clarifying that. I know the remark was not aimed at, or intended for me. It does however answer why my previous call for help went unnoticed. I do however have a real problem with your..
[an error occurred while processing this directive]