This week we’d like to talk about a really useful website and app that could help you prepare for the IELTS exam. Books That Grow http://www.booksthatgrow.com/ is an award winning website which is designed to develop your reading skills.
The special thing about Books That Grow is that it has the same books available at different language levels. For example, look at how this sentence about two people playing chess changes, depending on the reading level.
Level 8: Father and son were at chess, the former, who possessed ideas about the game involving radical changes, put his king into such sharp and unnecessary perils that it even provoked comment from the white-haired old lady knitting placidly by the fire.
Level 4: Father and son were playing chess. The father possessed ideas about the game involving extreme changes and put his king in unnecessary dangers. The white-haired old lady knitting by the fire cannot help but comment.
Level 2: A father and his son were playing chess. The father kept placing his king into dangerous spots. The white-haired old lady knitting near the fire could not help but notice.
This means you can read at a level you are comfortable with and find the right level for you. It also gives you a chance to read a text at a more challenging level to find new ways of expressing ideas and learn new vocabulary.
By reading widely you can develop both your reading and your language skills. Good readers are good writers and Books That Grow is a convenient tool you can have on your laptop, computer or phone so wherever you are you can learn something useful.