The benefits of reading are numerous and are a fundamental part of learning a language in terms of its use. Speaking a language is usually seen as the most important aspect but reading skills are a great way of improving vocabulary. Reading offers us a way to be autonomous when learning a language as it can be done anywhere or anytime. It offers us comprehenisble input (13. The Importance of Listening: Comprehensible Input) as it offers lots of repetition and reinforcement of vocabulary and structures that have already been seen. It gives great exposure to language and the great part is that the learner can choose what to read based on their own interests and also, they can dictate the pace of it.
Encourage your students to read! They will notice the progression without a doubt!
These reading exercises have been adapted into PDF format from the BREAKING NEWS ENGLISH website. They are excellent graded texts that can be used to imporve vocabulary or to review discussion points about the news. Check out the website in the links for adults section.