What is Active Reading?

Active Reading helps learners develop the whole range of reading skills: prediction, vocab strategies, inference, skimming, topic sentences and more. Learners work on a wide variety of text types, based around lively, stimulating topics. They can listen to the texts (in a variety of accents), and each unit finishes with a freer skills-based activity. Find out more by reading this brochure, and by watching this short video, or this more detailed one.

CEFR level:

CEFR level

Elementary reading exercise

Syllabus and demo

News and updates

Active Reading program runs on mobile, tablet and computer for learning reading skills
  1. Read a review of the latest version of Active Reading.
  2. New worksheets. Throughout 2020, we are adding a new set of worksheets to the Resource Bank for each level. Download a sample here.
  3. Cross-reference with ESOL Skills for Life. Read more.
  4. “Incorporating ARS in reading instructions can improve learners’ linguistic skills for academic performance as well as for language proficiency exams.” Read the research paper from Al-Majmaah University, Saudi Arabia.

Support materials

5 tips for reading

Active Reading poster

The poster highlights learning strategies, with a space for your own access instructions.

  • Size: 750mm(H) x 500mm
  • Poster made with 4 colour printing
  • Email info@clarityenglish.com to request the items you require.
Learning to love reading

Active Reading flyer

The flyer highlights learning strategies, with a space for your own access instructions.

  • Size: 297mm(H) x 210mm(W)
  • Flyer made with 4 color printing
  • Email info@clarityenglish.com to request the items you require.
Web image for Active Reading

Active Reading web images

Libraries and self access centres which display these images prominently in a member's area typically have a higher take-up rate.

  • Size: 12KB
  • Format: ZIP package
Usage statistics preview

Active Reading usage statistics

We will send you a monthly email which enables you to generate usage statistics in just two clicks. This will tell you exactly how many sessions are run per month. If for any reason you don't get this email, or if you want to change the person it is sent to, please email info@clarityenglish.com and let us know.

Getting to know Active Reading

Active Reading teacher support

Download an activity sheet to find out how to use the program.


technical specifications

Technical specifications

Active Reading runs on desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile. To run this program, you need an up-to-date version of one of these browsers:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari
  • Microsoft Edge

latest upgrades

Latest upgrades

  1. 2021 July: New worksheets added to Pre-Advanced level, content updated in Elementary and Advanced levels
  2. 2021 July: Technical upgrade
  3. 2020 Oct: Minor enhancement to progress report function
  4. 2020 Jun: New worksheets added to Pre-Advanced level
  5. 2020 May: New Home page for easier navigation; New worksheets added to Upper Intermediate level

See more...

technical support pledge

Technical support pledge

"My aim is to ensure you have smooth, trouble-free use of any programs you purchase from Clarity. I therefore guarantee to find a fast and effective solution to any technical problems related to Clarity programs, or provide a full refund."

Dr Adrian Raper,
Technical Director