VOA Learning English is one of the biggest and best sites on the Internet for more advanced English learners. It has articles and stories at several levels, and in “Level Three” you will find a lot of varied and interesting extensive reading and listening material. VOA claims that there are three things that make Special English especially helpful for people learning English. It has a limited (1500 word) base vocabulary, uses short simple sentences, and the announcers read slowly – about two-thirds of normal talking speed. A further feature is that most of the stories run for around 15 minutes. This is ideal for learners to begin to practice extensive reading & listening.
Stories cover a wide range of topics including world news, science, economics, health and education. We have provided links below to the American Stories section of the website, which includes short stories from leading U.S. authors. Many past stories are quite difficult to find on VOA’s US website. However, almost all stories going back to 2005 can easily be found on this VOA mirror site for Chinese learners. For some American Stories, our links may take you there.