Newspapers are an excellent free online resource for IELTS students both for reading practice and vocabulary and you will find below a list of links to some newspaper sites. To get the most out of these so that your language actually improve, here are some tips on how to use them.
1. Read regularly
For me, this is key. Language is a skill and skills are learnt through practice and typically the best form of practice is regular practice. What “regular” means depends on you, but I would suggest that 15-20 minutes reading 3/4 times a week is a good place to start.
2. Focus your reading
One benefit of reading newspapers is that they provide exactly the right type of language needed for IELTS students. This is because it is typically neither very formal or informal. Also the topics you find in most newspapers are just those topics you will need to write and speak about in the exam. So to help you, I have divided the newspapers by topics using RSS feeds so that you find
3. Do something after you read
Reading is good for your general language. It helps you with areas of language that are hard to learn actively such as word order and collocation (which words go together). However, reading is a very passive way of learning the language and passive means slow. So the suggestion is to read first and then speak or write about what you have just read. This way you are more likely to learn some of the language by using it for yourself.
Don’t have anyone to talk to? Try talking to yourself.
4. Read for general meaning
Know that newspapers are hard – they are written for native speakers and not learners. There is a danger that you will stop the reading process because you don’t understand everything. My tip is don’t try to understand everything; if you get to the end of the article and you understand the general meaning, then that is a real achievement.