Learn English as you read and listen to a weekly show with short stories by famous American authors. Adaptations are written at the intermediate and upper-beginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English.
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM October 18, 2014
3:18 AM - 3:33 AM October 16, 2014
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM October 11, 2014
7:14 PM - 7:27 PM October 06, 2014
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM October 04, 2014
2:21 PM - 2:36 PM October 02, 2014
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM September 27, 2014
2:56 PM - 3:08 PM September 24, 2014
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM September 20, 2014
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM September 13, 2014
8:57 PM - 9:10 PM September 10, 2014
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM September 06, 2014
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM August 30, 2014
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM August 23, 2014
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM August 16, 2014
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM August 09, 2014
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM August 02, 2014
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM July 26, 2014
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM July 19, 2014
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM July 12, 2014
Edith Wharton is the author of this week's American Story, The Line of Least Resistance.
This is a weekly multimedia series of American short stories for English language learners. Each story has video, audio, quizzes, and a lesson plan for teachers.
See how well you understand the story by taking this quiz.
This is a weekly multimedia series of American short stories for English language learners. Our story today is from Mark Twain, one of the best-known authors in America.
Our story today is called “A Piece of Red Calico.” It was written by Frank Stockton. Stockton was a popular writer in the second half of the nineteenth century. He wrote a large number of stories for children and other stories for adults.
This is the second in a weekly multimedia series of American short stories for English language learners. Look for the new story each Friday and a discussion on our Facebook page from 13:30 to 14:30 UTC the following Tuesday.
This is the first in a weekly multimedia series of American short stories for English language learners. Look for the new story each Friday and a discussion on our Facebook page from 13:30 to 14:30 UTC the following Tuesday.
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