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Develop your Reading Skills: Rephrasing

Posted by ISLPR Language Services on March 11, 2021 at 6:51 AM

If you've been reading our blog posts and following our advice, you should know by now that the only way to improve your English is to consistently use the language and obtain feedback! It is for this reason that we provide (both free and paid) activities, webinars, courses and general information aimed at improving your language. We do not believe in teaching you tricks to pass a test.

This week’s blog post focuses on developing your reading skills and specifically focuses on the skill of rephrasing. The beauty of the activity we have provided below is that it can be used on any piece of text that you are interested in reading.


After skimming and scanning a piece of text, you should summarise the information in your own words.

Rephrasing strategies

    • Use synonyms.
    • Use different grammatical structures.
    • Describe the events in a different order.
    • Express the meaning in your own words.

Reading Activity

Paste the following link into a web browser.

Read the article above and read it at your own pace. Make notes of keywords and key ideas. When you finish, write a summary of the article in your own words. Use the rephrasing strategies above. Try write 150 words.



Please note: activities that we include on our blog are free for you to use and practise in your own time. We will not be able to reply to emails requesting that these activities be marked. If you would like someone to look over your writing, we recommend booking a tutorial.

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The activities in this blog post are similar to the types of activities we include in our 6-week reading and writing online course.

In our 6-week course we provide participants with a series of workbooks that aim to improve your reading and writing skills. We mark all participants’ workbooks individually and return them to you with feedback and comments. To learn more about our 6-week online course, click here.

Early enrolment discount ending this Monday!

We are providing a 15% discount on our online course if you enrol by 15 March 2021. Enrol now via the link below to take advantage of this offer. Discount is applied automatically.

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Topics: Learn english, Reading skills, practise, online course

At ILS, language testing is personal.

Language is an interactive and social skill. Therefore, we believe English should be taught and tested similarly.

ISLPR Language Services (ILS) developed the ISLPR® Test because we saw the need for a test that examined your real-life language. The ISLPR® Test is an interactive and personalised test. As the ISLPR test is personalised for each candidate, there are no tricks to pass the test. 

Why we're different:

  • We test your speaking, listening and reading skills in a one-to-one interview.
  • The content of your test is customised to match your area of expertise.
  • The ISLPR is the shortest English test, therefore minimising the chance of fatigue.
  • We offer individual English tutorials with accredited tutors.
  • We offer a feedback service so you can find out why you got that rating in your test.


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