Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Newspapers for speaking, reading and writing

It is well documented that newspapers are an effective means of teaching a language. In many ESL environments, students read newspapers in their own language. How then can teachers turn this situation tinto an asset in order to teach English?

It will be to the teacher’s advantage if they know the students’ language. But this is not often the case. However, not all is lost. The teacher can either get the best student in class to translate the selected news item for the lesson. At the same time, the teacher can read the same piece of news in the English newspaper. Of course, this has to be done in the preparatory stage.

Then the instructor can write up her lesson plan and objectives. In my personal opinion, it is more effective to discuss topics that are nearer home to the students and of greater interest to them. Since lack of vocabulary is the main stumbling block for oral discussion and writing, the teacher would need to work out the vocabulary. Much of class time will also be spent on how to use the new words in different situations.


The activity involves reading, speaking and writing as well as word building. As a spin off, it can be turned into a drama, a mock trial, a debate etc depending on the story.
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5 comments:

FuzzyJefe said...

With a vocabulary of 2,000 English words, an individual can read 80% of the words in a newspaper. I agree that newspapers provide timely, local, and high interest material for English learners. I'm glad I discovered your site. I'll be back!

Mousie said...

You're quite right dear, newspapers are a good way to learn foreign languages...your posts are quite interesting...really...
now, if you want to attract a bit more readers, try to make your page livelier, add colours, pictures...
visit my blogs if yoy want to get an idea of what you can do with blogger...if you need help just ask...
I'll come back...
see you...Mousie

english sinseh said...

Hi Fuzzyjefe

I'm so excited!!! You're the first person to make a comment on my blog! You can't imagine my excitement! Thank you once again.
Have a nice week.

english sinseh said...

Hello Mousie

I visited your blogs and like I said, I was totally immersed. You're so, so creative! Please show me how to make site look just as good.
Thanks once again and please keep dropping by.

Kamal Mettananda said...

Your post is exactly correct. Keep up the good work.

 
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