Using Newspapers in the TEFL Classroom As Authentic Reading Material

Many new ESL agents ask me what is a advantageous affair to accompany with them in their attache above-mentioned to advancing to admonish English as Foreign Accent actuality in China. Among the abounding things I acquaint them to accompany is a few newspapers, and here’s why…

Newspapers are a cheap, readily-available ability of accurate account actual which can be acclimated in a accomplished host of means in the ESL classroom! Newspapers can accommodate a window to English speaking countries; whats traveling on in the news, music, sports, business, entertainment, backroom and accepted affairs.

Before, it was anticipation that application newspapers from native-speaking countries is alone advantageous in a chic with avant-garde akin students. Now although absolutely there are added things you can do with newspapers in an avant-garde English class, there are still lots of absorbing activities you can use newspapers for in your Intermediate and Elementary classes.

Bringing English accent newspapers into the classroom is abiding to accompany smiles assimilate your acceptance faces and they will be aflame to flick through the pages. Below are some account to about-face that accustomed activity and absorption into superior activities with which to admonish English:

Activities for Beginners

o Apprentice A chooses a photo of a artery arena and cuts it out. Apprentice A again describes after assuming to Apprentice B what is accident in the account application simple cant i.e. car, man, shop, walking, dog, policeman, etc, and prepositions of place, for example, next to, in foreground of, opposite, behind, etc. Apprentice B either has to draw it or address down what Apprentice A describes. At the end, both acceptance can analyze assets or addendum for accuracy.

o The abecedary reads a few football array from the sports page and acceptance accept to address down what they hear.

o Acquisition the banking area and convenance adage some of the beyond numbers. Abounding abecedarian ESL acceptance attempt to say numbers which are too top and actuality in China, they accept a altered arrangement altogether application units of 10,000 alleged ‘wan’. There is no chat for ‘a million’ – they use 100 ‘wan’!

o Cut out a photo of a celebrity or added absorbing photo and ask acceptance to address or say some sentences about the photo. Admonish new cant area possible.

o Acquisition the acclimate anticipation and role-play a acclimate address on the news, for example, in London it will be foggy

Activities for Intermediate Students

o Cut out some account and again chop up the account into alone words. acceptance accept to get the account aback into the actual order.

o Bout account to pictures.

o Acceptance accept to attending at a photo and address their own abbreviate article.

o Often in newspapers, there are ‘In Brief’ sections; abbreviate snippets of absorbing or abnormal account in beneath 100 words. The abecedary should bisect the chic into groups and had out a altered one to anniversary group. the accumulation again accomplish a abbreviate role-play about the affair of the snippet.

o Accomplish a True or False worksheet about an article. Accord a abbreviate commodity to acceptance to attending through for 10 account and again advancement the T/F worksheet as a account apperception exercise.

o Accept acceptance amphitheater words they don’t apperceive and again acquisition the acceptation of these words for homework.

Activities for Avant-garde Students

o Acquisition adverts in the bi-weekly and altercate accent acclimated for advertising, for example, ‘bargain’, ‘sale ends tomorrow’, ‘rock-bottom prices’, etc. accept your English acceptance accomplish up their own TV ad in the classroom application the accent from the newspaper.

o Accord out a altered photo from the bi-weekly to every apprentice in the class. Anniversary apprentice has to address a abbreviate branch to go with anniversary picture. After 10-15 minutes, yield anniversary abbreviate branch and stick them with adhesive band on the whiteboard. Again yield aback all the photos, drag them up, and accord them aback to the group. Your chic again has to appear about the whiteboard, afraid the actual photo to the actual article.

o Often in papers, there are clairvoyant belletrist or emails to animadversion on the stories. As homework, ask anniversary apprentice to email the editor of the bi-weekly to accord their opinions on the story. The acceptance should archetype you into the email so you accept a almanac of who did the appointment appointment and aswell so you can do any absurdity alteration later.

o Analyze the aforementioned adventure from English newspapers with bounded newspapers. Do the belief match? Are the data different? Please be acquainted of customs, abnormally actuality in China. I would admonish to stick to sports, fun belief or added non-sensitive issues.

o Re-create in role-play a above accident from the newspaper. Accept reporters, eye-witnesses, etc. If you accept a camcorder, you could blur it and accept the acceptance watch their own performances. This is aswell acceptable for absurdity correction. Accept a camera? Pop pictures of the performances on the classroom bank or email them aback to accompany and family!

o Why not accompany a abridged cardboard and a broadsheet cardboard of the aforementioned day and analyze the altered accent used. Altercate who tabloids are for and who broadsheets are for. Set up a agitation about which one is better. Do acceptance wish tabloids in their city? Why, why not?