ESL at the Beach Reading

This page has an ESL at the beach reading passage with several multiple choice questions about it. By reading and understanding the passage you will learn about what to do when visiting a beach as well as how beach vocabulary is used.

The ESL at the beach reading passage and questions on this page will help you get better at understanding the beach vocabulary.

Reading exercises are important as they give you a chance to understand the vocabulary at your own speed. You can read as slowly or quickly as you need to. If you do not understand something you can look up the word and really try to understand each sentence.

This page has an ESL at the beach reading passage with multiple choice questions to test your understanding. You should read and try to understand as much of the ESL at the beach reading passage as you can, and then move on to answering the questions. If at any time you do not understand any of the words used, you can check the meaning on the ESL at the beach vocabulary page. When you have finished answering all the questions you can click the get score button to see how many you got correct.

ESL at the Beach Reading Comprehension Passage

Proper Beach Etiquette

Whenever you go to a public place, you need to behave so people around you will not be disturbed by your behavior. Going to the beach is no exception.  You can do anything to have fun, but still there are rules to follow.

Once you arrive at the beach, you want to find an empty space. Observe the location and try to find a spot with a minimum of 15 feet (4.6 m) from anyone who is already there. If you plan to stay until sunset, remember that the tide will come up at some point so do not be too close to the water so you do not need to move when the tide gets high. It is rude to expect others to move back for you or to get closer to them. If you cannot find a high water mark, you can check a tide chart or ask some locals.

It can be very windy at the beach so pay attention to where the wind is blowing before inserting your umbrella into the sand. Make sure the wind blows against the umbrella and insert it at an angle. This is to keep the umbrella in the sand so that it will not get blown away and hit other people.

Smoking is not prohibited outdoors, but the wind conditions can make smoke linger around people or travel for quite a distance. Unless you go to the beach outside peak times, you had better not smoke when spending time at the beach.

If you wear flip flops, do not get too close to other people’s towels while walking. This is to avoid the sand from being flipping onto their towel. What is more, when the beach is crowded, do not run on your way to the water. Sand flies when you run and it could flick everywhere.

When you want to play a game, go away from the crowds. Playing ball over peoples’ heads while they are trying to relax is incredibly disturbing. Also, people often try to take naps while sunbathing so choose games that do not make too much noise.

After all day at the beach, when you want to go home, never shake your towel too close to your neighbor and see which way the wind is blowing so that you will not blow sand into your neighbor’s face. In short, remember that people come to the beach to relax and your actions could spoil their day. So keep a distance from your neighbors, be considerate, and make less noise while playing.

ESL at the Beach Reading Comprehension


Reading comprehension questions that go with the above reading passage.

1) What should be considered when finding an empty spot at the beach?
        A) The high tide.
        B) The distance from other visitors and from the water.
        C) The locals.
        D) The position of a high water mark.
2) Why should you insert your umbrella in the sand at an angle?
        A) To stop the wind.
        B) To change the wind direction.
        C) To protect from the sun.
        D) To prevent the umbrella from blowing away.
3) What should not you do when spending time at the beach?
        A) Smoke.
        B) Wearing flip flops.
        C) Lie on a towel.
        D) Listening to music with on headphones.
4) Where is the best spot to play games at the beach?
        A) Near ice cream stalls.
        B) Far from the water.
        C) Away from the crowds.
        D) On the seashore.
5) What should you not do when preparing to leave the beach?
        A) Shake your towel.
        B) Shake your towel too close to your neighbor.
        C) Clean up your trash.
        D) Clean up any trash near you.

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