This is a beautiful quote of Socrates, isn’t it? It is said that people wonder more at their younger ages, then something happens and we stop wondering and asking questions. Do you ever ask these questions; Why do zebras have stripes? , Why do people walk in their sleep?, Why are there so many languages?, Why Are There Revolving Doors?, Why Don’t We Remember Being Babies?
I guess your answers are mostly No.
While learning a language, we usually focus on grammar, when it comes to reading, we prefer some story books and news stories. Before we reach the higher levels, we don’t try to read informative academic writings as they have more complex grammar structures and a lot of unknown words. In my opinion, we should start reading academic and scientific passages earlier than these levels as they offer real and interesting information about life around us. Also, we will able to start to use the language we learn to improve our knowledge, not only to answer business emails and have meetings with our overseas customers and managers or watch TV series.
At this point, I would like to suggest a web page; Wonderopolis. This page is brought to life by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL). Wonderopolis walks the line between formal and informal education. Each day, they pose an interesting question and explore it in many ways.
Actually, it is not a site which is prepared for English language learners, it is mostly for school children in the USA, but it is used by people from different ages all around the world.
How can it be useful and helpful for English language learners?
Firstly, the topics of these articles are really interesting. Secondly, the language of the articles is not difficult, but still authentic and also you can learn unknown words by clicking on them while reading. It means you can read faster and easier by the help of this convenience. In addition; after the reading section, it offers you some quizzes related with the words and the topics of the articles.
Wonderopolis can be visited online, or you can download its free application and enjoy it on your mobile devices.
If you wonder the answers of the questions I asked in the first paragraph, you can get them by following the links below.