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.

Pen Pals: English  by: Joan
Hello I'm Joan from Philippines and I want to help me to expand my English Language especially my Grammar
My Chinese for your English   by: Vivian
Hi!My name is Vivian from China. I have been an English grammar teacher in a learning center, and teaching chinese online as a part-time job. I've got the certificate of standard mandarin test with..
Pen Pals for my Students: 11-15 years old  by: Marga
I would like to find penpals for my group of 20 students aged from 11 to 15. They can exchange emails or mail with your students, in Spanish and in English, so that your students can learn some..
My Chinese for your German  by: Karen
Here is Karen from China, speak good English and of course Chinese. I've been to Munich once and find Germany quite interesting. Looking for a pen pal or friend who speaks German and wants to learn..
My Russian for your English - My pupils are 16-18  by: Lara
Hello! I am a teacher in Russia. I am 25 and i live in Chukotka and i and my pupils 16-18 are eager to improve English. We can also correspond in Russian sometimes just to help you to learn it..
Arabic Tutor: Private Arabic Courses in Cairo   by: ahmed
You'd like to speak Arabic. You'd like to read and write. You'd like to understand what's going on. You'd like to pursue an academic program. . ... Lessons tailored to you and your life style! Learn..
Business English: Free Resources + Fun Business Lessons   by: TeacherSteve
Hi I'm Teacher Steve, a 49 year-old English teacher from London, England. Qualified English teacher with a Bachelor's Degree, Diploma in Teacher Education and TEFL Certificate. Business English..
English Tutor: English Conversation Classes   by: Angelina Hall
Private, English Conversation Classes on Skype 10 years of experience teaching English as a Second Language! Practice your speaking and listening skills with a..
Re Confused Words: Words That English Learners Tend to Confuse   by: Antecedtly smith
Investigate these two sentences – one of them contains an error: I poured over book after book. We pored over the catalogues. Is it accurate to say that you are questionable which one is correct?..
Learning Tips: Are you ready to study an advanced English course online?   by: Dr Norman
Studying at an advanced level online requires you to consider: 1. If your English is at the right level and you are ready to study; 2. Your goals for improvement; and 3. Your learning style and level..
Learning Tips: Learning English vocabulary efficiently and effectively   by: Dr Norman
There are two basic principles for learning vocabulary efficiently and effectively. 1. Seeing and hearing words in use The more real English that you see and hear on a daily basis, the more your..
Being an excellent teacher is never easy. Mistakes are committed from time to time as you try to figure out what teaching style and class management technique works best for you. This is..
Re: teaching without textbook or curriculum or degree, please help me!  by: Dubius Maximus
Some of us have been think researching for years on how to do this. I have collected and created a number of activities and games.
Re: teaching without textbook or curriculum or degree, please help me!  by: mary
To make your life easier, get a course book and use it as the curricullum. In addition to the course book, you can teach the man anything you notice that needs fixing for his level. (SA) Working with..
Every job has its own facts and misconceptions and teaching ESL is no exception. Here are some of the common myths about teaching English. Myth # 1: Teaching is easy and anyone can do it Teaching in..
Teaching and living in China 2017  by: Bob
Teaching and living in China I’m an educated English teacher. I started teaching English in China last year. What you read here are facts, not based on any kind of opinion. 1. Chinese people spit..
4 Reasons You Will Love Online Teaching  by: Janine
Studying online has been chosen by many people, both kids and adults, through the past years. It becomes more in demand, hence, needs more manpower. Therefore, many teachers, both by profession and..
New pronunciation game idea  by: ESL+games
I've just posted a new idea for a pronunciation game based on minimal pairs, haven't had a chance to try it out yet!
How to Multiply Fractions  by: Jen
How to Multiply Fractions If you have mastered adding and subtracting fractions, often multiplying fractions will seem a lot less complicated. Many of the steps feel similar, but much of the work..
Task 2 IELTS practice essays - Two Question Essays  by: IELTS Edits
Task 2 IELTS practice essays Two Question Essays 1. Nowadays we communicate less with our family members face to face. What are the causes of this ? What are some potential solutions ? 2. In many..
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...
Nanjing or Hangzhou  by: Future Teacher
It seems I have the choice between a school in Nanjing and a school in Hangzhou. Any comments?
Re Indivisible   by: Curious
Take it easy, Fifi. Look at your beloved Jerry Brown: He is preaching a measured approach: With many of his fellow Democrats demanding multiple challenges to President Trump's proposals, Gov. Jerry..
Indivisible   by: Fifi
No explanation needed
[an error occurred while processing this directive]