Reading Explorer, Third Edition


6 Levels

Elementary/High Beginner to Advanced

American English

Up to 48 Teaching Hours/Level

Our World CEFR Chart


Reading Explorer, Third Edition, a six-level reading series, prepares learners for academic success with highly visual, motivating National Geographic content that features real people, places, and stories.

Real-world stories captivate learners and give them a better understanding of the world and their place in it.

‘Reading Skills’ and ‘Reading Comprehension’ sections provide the tools necessary to become an effective and critical reader.

‘Target Vocabulary Practices’ teaches the most useful words and phrases needed for academic reading. Strong readers have strong vocabulary.

Engaging National Geographic video enhances the learning experience and allows learners to apply their language skills.

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David Bohlke

David Bohlke has over 30 years of experience as a teacher, teacher trainer, program director, editor, and materials writer. He has lived and worked in Japan, Korea, Singapore, Australia, Saudi Arabia,... more

Becky Tarver Chase

Becky Tarver Chase is an experienced English instructor who has taught all subject areas including reading, writing, grammar, communication skills, and test preparation. She has worked at universities... more

Nancy Douglas

Nancy Douglas is a teacher, materials writer, and editor who has been in ELT for over twenty years. She has extensive experience working with students from around the world and has co-authored several... more

Helen Huntley

Helen Huntley is currently the Vietnam Director of a cooperative undergraduate 2+2 program between California State University, San Bernardino, and the National Economics University, Hanoi, serving as... more

Paul MacIntyre

Paul MacIntyre earned his MA in TESL from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. He has been an ELT professional for over 20 years. Paul has teaching experience in Japan and the United States, and ... more

Bruce Rogers

Bruce Rogers taught ESL and test preparation courses at the Economics Institute at the University of Colorado, USA, since 1979. He has also taught in special programs in Indonesia, Vietnam, Korea, the... more
Buying Options/Components


  • Student's Book with the Spark platform
  • Spark platform, Instant Access
  • Split Editions


  • Teacher's Book
  • Spark Platform

On the Spark platform

  • National Geographic Learning Online Placement
  • Admin Tools
  • Teacher's Resources
  • Classroom Presentation Tool
  • Online Practice
  • Assessment Suite
  • Course Gradebook

From the Classroom

What English language teachers say they want in a reading series

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National Geographic Learning Global Reading Survey received feedback from over 2.500 teachers


Bring your program to life with Spark

Bring the world to your classroom and the classroom to life with the Spark platform - where you can prepare, teach, and assess your classes all in one place!

  • Manage your course and teach great classes with integrated teaching and learning tools.
  • Track student and class performances on independent online practice and assessment.
  • Set up classes and roster students quickly and easily on Spark.


New to this Edition

The new and updated features in Reading Explorer, Third Edition are based on recommendations from teachers and users all around the world:

  • NEW AND UPDATED topics are more relevant, with real people, places, and stories.
  • UPDATED ‘Reading Comprehension’ sections provide a wider variety of question types that learners will encounter on high stakes international tests, including TOEFL and IELTS.
  • UPDATED ‘Reading Skills’ sections offer greater recycling of key reading skills.
  • UPDATED ‘Critical Thinking’ sections focus more on analysis and evaluation, so learners can determine the reliability of information.
  • UPDATED target vocabulary has a closer alignment to CEFR and AWL lists.
  • EXPANDED ‘Vocabulary Practice’ sections focus on collocations, word usage, and word families.
  • NEW AND UPDATED high definition National Geographic videos enhance the learning experience.
  • NEW AND UPDATED academic readings at the higher levels prepare learners for the academic classroom.
  • NEW Class Worksheets are available on the teacher’s website.
  • NEW Split Editions are perfect for shorter courses.
Series Features
Reading Explorer prepares learners for academic success with highly visual, motivating National Geographic content that features real people, places, and stories.

Videos expand on the unit topic and provide a chance to apply language skills.
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