ESL Brains Critical Reading Club is now here!

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Good news 

Some of you might be familiar with our Critical Reading Club (aka CRC). The idea behind it is that students read an article before the class and then discuss its content and share their thoughts in the classroom. Previously, we encouraged you to use authentic articles with your students on our Instagram account. But then we got some feedback from you and started developing a more teacher-friendly idea. We’re happy to announce that from now on, we’ll be publishing the Critical Reading Club worksheets.

New worksheet format

The main idea behind the Critical Reading Club hasn’t changed: students read an article before the class and then do a series of activities related to its content in the classroom. What’s new is that we have developed the worksheet with some relevant language points and varied speaking tasks. The end result is a short worksheet which typically contains four or five tasks and takes about 30-45 minutes to complete. From the feedback we’ve received so far, it seems it may take longer, as learners tend to get really engaged with the topics! 

If you want to learn more about using CRC worksheets and their benefits, read our article here.

Where to find CRC lessons

We are starting with 6 CRC worksheets so there are a few you can try out straightaway. There are 2 CRC worksheets available for free so that everyone can have a peek at this new format. All the other CRC worksheets will only be available to our Unlimited subscribers, to add even more value to our most popular subscription plan.

We hope you have lots of exciting and stimulating lessons with the Critical Reading Club!


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  1. [email protected]

    Great stuff! Adequate and challenging. Thanks a million for your work. Cheers!

    1. Stan

      Thanks Filipe! Waiting for your feedback, as always. 🙂

  2. julia parischenkova

    yay! thank you for an entertaining update!

  3. Pontiroli C


  4. Sara Fadel

    That’s great!

  5. Laura

    Hi guys!!!
    What a fantastic idea!! You can do so much with these articles…I’m definitely going to try one soon!!.I’ll let you know the outcome… Thank you very much!!
    Can we also have some for intermediate students?

    1. Stan

      Looking forward to your feedback! In terms of intermediate students, we’ll research some ‘easier’ articles for B1 students and publish CRC for them as well but not super often at this moment.

  6. Sue Wiid

    Great addition, thanks!

  7. Dedene Nelson-Court

    Thanks for creating these lessons. They look interesting and I’ll try them out with my learners. Thanks!

    1. Justa

      Thank you and we’re looking forward to your feedback 🙂

  8. Anna Malzy


    Tiny UX thing – is it possible to create a separate tab for the CRC worksheets on the homepage so that they’re easy to find?

    Thank you!

    1. Stan

      Thanks for the feedback – you can actually use the filters in our Lesson Search page to only see the CRC worksheets. But maybe we will make it into a separate tab in the menu once this section grows.

  9. Gaëlle

    This is such an amazing addition! Thank you so much!

  10. Dasha Murzina


  11. marieunice de almeida palm

    Thank you! I love that kind of exercise. I am going to use them for sure!

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