• Reading
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
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Need to Read is a multi-level reading skills development course covering the latest business news and opinion. It offers topical reading lessons based on business and finance articles that are updated weekly. The lessons are designed to improve Learners' reading skills, develop vocabulary, increase reading speed and enable students to express their opinions about what they have read.

Course content

English for business and practical daily use

  • Adaptive diagnostic test that recommends start level.
  • Topical reading lessons about business and finance.
  • 853 lessons. Each lesson is available in 3 versions: pre-intermediate level, intermediate level, and upper-intermediate level.
  • Ability to discuss the articles with other students from the N2R community.
  • Activities to develop reading and speed-reading skills.
  • Vocabulary extension activities.
  • User-rated content to highlight most popular lessons.
  • Weekly performance goals to encourage regular study.
  • Printable content: lessons, results, comments, Word Bank.
  • Searchable Word Bank for reviewing vocabulary and key business concepts from the lessons.
  • Adaptive exit test to measure progress.

Study flow

  1. Take the diagnostic test.
  2. Choose a topic and then a lesson from the list that you want to study.
  3. Read the introduction and a short comment based on the topic of the lesson's article. Answer a comprehension question.
  4. Read the article and answer five multiple-choice comprehension questions.
  5. Read a blogger's opinion, contribute to a poll and write a comment.
  6. Complete the required number of lessons. Students are recommended to study 3 different lessons per week.
  7. Take the exit test.
  8. Print your course completion certificate.

Requirements to pass the course

Recommended: complete 24 lessons (60% or more in Reading section), submit 12 comments and complete the exit test

Target audience

Individuals with a TOEIC® score of 225-990, or CEFR level of A2 (elementary) to C1 (advanced), or equivalent

Study period

Recommended: three months

System requirements

See here for the current system requirements for Reallyenglish courses.

Demo lesson

Article 9

E-commerce at the museum


Lesson list

Lesson categories and sample titles (course total: 853 lessons)

  • Banking and finance
  • Banks increase listening in to stop market abuse
  • Japanese unemployment rate continues to fall
  • Business innovation
  • Alfred Pritchard Sloan and customization
  • Henry Ford: the father of mass production
  • Companies
  • Apple's smartphone market share threatened
  • Smap sends shockwaves through Japan music industry
  • Countries and cultures
  • Americans living on the breadline increases
  • Obama to impose new gun controls
  • Economy
  • Child labour exposed in minerals mining
  • India's GDP makes it fastest-growing economy
  • Education
  • Bloodhound to target land speed record
  • Chan family makes record donation to Harvard
  • Education and corporate training
  • Employers grapple with ageing workforces
  • Online tools can boost chances of employment
  • Employment
  • Chinese companies struggle to find workers
  • The only fix for China's managerial shortage
  • Environment
  • Alberta's carbon strategy to cut emissions
  • Private investment to flow for clean energy
  • Finance and money
  • AstraZeneca shakes up the antibiotics debate
  • New infrastructure fund for Asia
  • Government and law
  • Europe struggles with migrant crisis
  • Tax privileges for rich foreign residents
  • Industries
  • Polar oil platform to go ahead
  • Trafigura to ship US oil Israel
  • International politics
  • Abe courts Putin's support in the Middle East
  • African Union stalls on peacekeeping forces
  • Internet and new economy
  • Google tweets and Twitter
  • Online advertising under threat
  • Internet and technology
  • British bank deploys Facebook at Work
  • Cyber security and emerging markets
  • Management
  • Better governance with women on UK boards
  • Motivating staff in the workplace
  • Media
  • Is it wrong to make money from a tragedy?
  • Publishers must not succumb to digital kryptonite
  • News
  • Safety concerns over death in French drug trial
  • Sean Penn met El Chapo on the run
  • People
  • Mark Zuckerberg's new approach to philanthropy
  • Pope's message heard in Cuban mass
  • Science
  • New hope for universal flu vaccine
  • Philips pushes forward into digital health sector
  • Society and the wider world
  • Achievements in medicine and new challenges
  • What is the second most useful language?
  • Technology and innovation
  • Artificial intelligence continues to raise concerns
  • Fears over the future risks of artificial intelligence
  • Transport and travel
  • Amtrak installs temporary safety measures
  • Yellow cab drivers defect to Uber in NYC
  • Working practices
  • First fund company to disclose gender breakdown
  • Labour rights threatened in South Korea reforms
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