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TeachingEnglish Newspaper reading activities Submitted by TE Editor on 22 November, 2002 - 12:00 Newspapers are a use ul tool in the E!

T classroom or improving reading s"ills and enhancing students# "nowledge o current a airs$ There is a danger o putting students o reading newspapers i articles are used in the same way as course boo"s, with tedious comprehension activities$ % used in a more inspiring way, newspapers can help students to develop not only reading s"ills but also writing, grammar, vocabulary and spea"ing s"ills$ &elow are some tips and activities which % believe can help$ Tips

Encourage students to read newspapers outside the classroom, e'plaining that ongoing reading can help them to articulate(discuss ideas more luently, as well as read and understand a whole variety o te'ts$ )se di erent newspapers to suit your students# tastes$ % you are teaching in an area where English-language newspapers are produced or the local community, these may include articles and topics o particular interest and relevance to your students$ *ou don#t need to have a great supply o newspapers in the classroom$ +ost newspapers have an online version, where you can print o articles, e$g$ http:((www$guardian$co$u"( or http:((www$bbc$co$u"(worldservice( Tal" to your students about reading and comprehension o English te'ts$ %t might be help ul to share strategies or reading$ ,or e'ample, -ow o ten do they use a dictionary. /o they ta"e notes, or 0ot down new vocabulary. /o they s"im read to get a general idea o a te't.

1ctivities

Guess the headline 2ut out a number o headlines and rom each one remove an interesting word 3e$g$ +issing 4ainting ,ound %n 55555555 6$ Stic" the incomplete headlines on a piece o paper, photocopy and distribute to teams o 7-8 students$ 1s" each team to come up with two possible answers or each headline: the most li"ely word and the unniest word$ 2ollect all the responses and give each team a point or any correct answer, and or the unniest answers$ 9et everyone involved by holding a vote or the unniest ( most original answer or each headline$ Guess the article Select an interesting newspaper article, pre erably one which involves an e'citing ( unusual story$ 2hoose eight "ey words rom the article and write them on the board$ 1s"

students to wor" in teams o 7-8 to come up with a story including these words$ :hen they have inished, read out ( tell them about the original article$ 9et students to read aloud their own versions - this can create a lot o laughs;

Newspaper lies 1s" students to select a short item o news and to summarise it to a partner ( team, changing some o the details$ 4artners need to try and guess which o the acts are true and which have been changed$ Wall quiz :rite a list o <uestions based on a selection o newspaper articles, and distribute the <ui= to teams o 2-7 students$ 4in up the articles around the room and as" students to wal" around the room trying to ind the answers$ The winning team is the irst to ind all the answers$ This can be <uite a lively activity; Presentations To encourage students to read newspapers in English on a more regular basis, organise short presentations at the beginning o each class$ 1s" a di erent student at the end o each class to ind an interesting newspaper article and to summarise it to the other students during the ne't class, e'plaining why they chose it$ This can lead to interesting discussions about current issues$ Newspaper treasure hunt ,or this activity you will need a pile o old newspapers, enough to distribute amongst teams o 8-> students$ :rite a list o articles ( words ( pictures which the students need to ind, and give teams a copy o the list$ Tell them to cut out their #treasures# and glue them ne't to the appropriate word in the list 3or ma"e a note o the page number6$ 4ossible list:
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1 0ob advert Some good news Some bad news ?e erence to a amous political igure News about a star :eather orecast News about a sport Name o a country ,avourite news item

Gossip This is an easy activity or helping students to summarise articles$ ,or this activity it is

best to use tabloid newspapers or articles involving a bit o scandal, perhaps about amous people$ Teach students use ul phrases or chatting or gossiping, e$g$ #-ave you heard about@.#, #/id you "now that@.#, #9uess what.# etc$ )se appropriate gestures and intonation$ 1s" students to choose an article o their choice, underline or 0ot down important parts o the article and report it to a riend, as though having an in ormal chat$ They could then go round the class, chatting with di erent people about their news article$ *ou could also teach students some use ul phrases or responding, e$g$ #?eally. % don#t believe it;#, #1re you 0o"ing.#, #-ow ( when did it happen.#

News programmes This is a great team activity or both reading and spea"ing practice$ 4ut students into small teams and give them one or two recent newspapers$ Tell them that they are going to wor" together to produce a news programme, including the headlines, special reports, interviews, perhaps some ootage rom a story 3i students li"e acting;6, perhaps the weather orecast$ Their programme should be based on news items rom the papers, and everyone must be involved in some way$ % you have the e<uipment, you might li"e to ilm the programmes, or i not, each team could act out their programme to the rest o the class$

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Using Newspapers in the Classroom


By Lindsay Clandfield and Duncan Foord 1s" any new ES!(E,! teacher 3or, or that matter, a seasoned teacher6 what comes to mind as an authentic reading activity or their learners and almost certainly one o the irst things he or she will say is Cusing a newspaper$D Newspapers are much more current than courseboo"s, they ma"e an e'cellent springboard or lessons, and they eature di erent types o language 3narratives, stories, letters, advertising, reports, etc$6$ % you plan to use a newspaper, "eep the tas" authentic$ Ene aim o reading newspapers should be to encourage studentsF reading outside the classroom$ % you TE,!ise a te't too much, you run the ris" o "illing the en0oyment rom it$ -ere are si' suggestions or using newspapers in class: 1$ )se English language newspapers produced or the local community i you are teaching in a country where English is not an o icial language$ +any large cities have a newspaper in English$ The topics within these papers are li"ely to have more o an impact on the learners than topics that are speci ic to the &ritish or 1merican press$ 2$ 1llow learners to select an article that interests themG they can read it and report bac" to other learners$ 7$ &e clear on aims$ %s it reading or spea"ing you want to practice. Er both. 8$ Encourage learners to read outside class as much as possible$ >$ +a"e your tas"s as authentic as the material$ Tas"s li"e Cunderline all the verbs in the pastD are o limited value and should be used sparingly$ Thin" about what people do when they read newspapers in their own language$ H$ -elp students to become better learners$ ?eading is a great way o ac<uiring language$ % you can get your learners to regularly dip into English newspapers, their reading s"ills, writing s"ills, and vocabulary will improve$ Tal" about reading and comprehension o English te'ts with your learners as well, and share strategies that they can use when reading$ -ow o ten do they use a dictionary or e'ample. 1t the end o a course, do they eel they are reading aster or better.

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1 %denti y the strategy$ % you are a reading teacher, rein orce one strategy at a time$ ,or e'ample, i you have introduced the s"ill o summari=ing, have students read short articles and wor" in pairs or small groups$ Each student can read a paragraph and highlight the important details$ Then they can paraphrase these details into sentences that best retell the event related in the article$

2 1s a writing teacher, you can teach students how to e'press themselves succinctly by e'amining the sentence structure in newspaper articles, which are usually written to convey the most meaning ul in ormation in synopsis orm$ 2hoose an article and lead a group discussion by reading and analy=ing each sentence and paragraph$ Show students how article writers learn to ma"e each word count$ This is a s"ill that students need to master in order to be able to write e ective essays and research reports$

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7 Teach editing and revising procedures$ Newspaper articles are good re erences or teaching students how to chec" their own writing or grammar and punctuation errors$ &ecause articles are printed in inal-dra t status with ew errors, you can have students study correct sub0ect-verb agreement, capitali=ation, and punctuation$ *ou can also point out use o concise wording to convey meaning and how to transition rom one idea to another in a smooth, easy-to-understand manner$ These are aspects o writing that students o ten have di iculty seeing in their own writing$

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How Can Newspapers Develop Students' Writing Skills?


By Sarah Bronson, eHow Contributor How Can Newspapers Develop Students' Writing Skills? | eHow !o" http#$$www ehow !o"$in%o&'((()'*+&!an,newspapers,develop,students,writing, skills ht"l-i.//+N0)12*r1

+any students incorrectly thin" o reading and writing as separate s"ills and believe they can improve their writing solely by writing more, without increasing their reading$ -owever, one o the best ways to improve one#s writing abilities is to read as much as possible$ ?eading newspapers, in particular, can help middle- and high-school students enrich their vocabularies, grammar, organi=ational abilities and critical-thin"ing s"ills$

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!i"e any high-level written material, newspapers introduce students to new vocabulary words, which they can learn by studying the words# conte't or loo"ing them up$ )nli"e many other materials, though, newspapers place the words in a modern conte't$ The words in newspapers are words still used -- and use ul-- today, in general culture$ Newspapers also contain a wide breadth o vocabulary since they contain articles on many di erent sub0ects, rom politics and economics to parenting, sports, travel and the arts$

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?eading provides students with good models o e'cellent writing$ :hen reading newspapers, students are e'posed to a variety o sentence structures and lengths, which they can then incorporate into their own papers$ Newspapers also e'pose students to Standard :ritten English and help rein orce students# habits o using correct grammar and punctuation$ Some newspapers additionally carry articles about language itsel -especially new words, such as those related to the %nternet -- which can help students thin" more deeply about their own use o words and the connotations and origins o those words$

Using Newspapers in the Classroom) * +ersonal E,perience


by Thevy Rajaretnam, MARA University of Technology, Malaysia

*&stract
%n a country li"e +alaysia, where the medium o instruction is &ahasa +alaysia 3the national language6, English is taught as a second language in the national school system$ 1s such, it comes as no surprise that many o the students who enter university lac" the reading and writing s"ills re<uired to complete their course o study$ This has prompted the local public universities to conduct English language courses or their undergraduates$ 1t +1?1 )niversity o Technology, as part o the graduating pac"age, students are re<uired to undergo various English language programs, ranging rom pro iciency to ES4 courses$ :hile they were in the public school system, these students rarely practiced their ability to read in English outside the English language classroom$ +any o them did not even ta"e the trouble to read the local English dailies; This article is the result o classroom e'perience in which English language newspapers were used to encourage unctional literacy in English among the students$ 1t the same time, the students were also provided with the necessary e'perience to improve their reading s"ills, enhance their "nowledge o current issues and improve their writing s"ills$

Introduction
3l"ost all the students who enter the university are literate in 4nglish5 that is, they are able to read in 4nglish but "any o% the" are not in the habit o% a!tually using this ability to pra!ti!e reading outside the de"ands o% the 4S1 !lassroo" Hen!e, %un!tional litera!y is !on%ined to reading so as to be able to answer !o"prehension 6uestions, !o"plete gra""ar,based e.er!ises, or write a !o"position$essay 7!!asionally, i% !ore sub8e!t re%eren!e "aterials are not available in the national language 9Bahasa :alaysia;, students read books and 8ournals in 4nglish to obtain !ontent related,knowledge 3s %or survival litera!y, they are generally !ontent to !arry on using their litera!y in Bahasa :alaysia, given the %a!t that al"ost everyone in the university !an !o""uni!ate in the national language

<he ob8e!tive o% this arti!le is to share an enri!hing !lassroo" a!tivity !alled the =>eading ?ro8e!t@, whi!h !an be introdu!ed and "anaged on an on,going basis using any o% the lo!al 4nglish language newspapers <he "ain ob8e!tive is to en!ourage the students to read any o% these lo!al 4nglish dailies 3t the sa"e ti"e, students are provided with the opportunity to i"prove their reading skills as well as enhan!e their knowledge o% !urrent issues Begin the se"ester by introdu!ing newspapers into the 4S1 !lassroo" Aet the students to buy at least one !opy o% the newspaper per week B usually the Sunday edition o% the 4nglish daily o% your !hoi!e <hen talk to the" about the advantages o% reading newspapers, espe!ially how su!h on,going reading !an help the" develop reading, writing, gra""ar and vo!abulary skills Besides this, also talk to the" about the i"portan!e o% developing s!he"ata so as to widen their general knowledge 4.plain to the" that reading is a !riti!al skill that is essential %or the undergraduates, not only in preparing the" %or the various 4nglish language e.a"inations, but also %or ensuring their a!ade"i! su!!ess Stress the %a!t that by developing their reading skills, they !an better arti!ulate$dis!uss ideas as well as read and understand a variety o% te.ts <hey !an also internali/e a %ull range o% world ba!kground knowledge, language !onventions and vo!abulary by e.posure through reading 3lso point out to the" that in an a!ade"i! setting like a university, it is essential to develop their reading skills be!ause they have to !arry out resear!h work and write assign"ents, ter" papers and reports 3nd %inally, e"phasi/e the %a!t that i% they want to e.!el, their reading "ust go beyond the !ontent le!turers@ notes and re!o""ended te.tbooks <hey "ust read 8ournals and re%eren!e books as well as related in%or"ation available on the Cnternet, all o% whi!h are in 4nglish <here%ore, there is a dire need not only to e6uip the"selves with the ne!essary reading skills but also to train the"selves to read and understand te.ts independently <hen introdu!e the on,going >eading ?ro8e!t <he introdu!tion o% the >eading ?ro8e!t, i% planned well, !an take up a whole two,hour lesson <o share this a!tivity with tea!hers and tea!hing pro%essionals, a detailed des!ription o% how this >eading ?ro8e!t !an be introdu!ed and "anaged is given below

Introduction of the Reading Project


' + Set aside a two,hour lesson ?rior to the lesson, ask ea!h student to pur!hase a !opy o% the Sunday edition o% the newspaper whi!h you wish to use D 3t the start o% the lesson, en!ourage the students to browse through the newspapers While they are doing this, take the opportunity to introdu!e the various se!tions , headlines, national news, %oreign news, business se!tion, editorial page, letters to the editor, %eature

arti!les, !lassi%ied$un!lassi%ied advertise"ents as well as the various supple"ents on !o"puters, youth and edu!ation * <hen tell the" to put aside the newspaper Do a listening a!tivity 3s you read, ask the students to take down notes relevant to the headlines ) <o do this, sele!t a si"ple news report %ro" the !opy you are holding and read it aloud to the" at a %airly slow pa!e, taking the ti"e to e"phasi/e the "ain details , the where, why, when, what, who o% the report Ct is re!o""ended that you read it twi!e Eor the bene%it o% the less pro%i!ient students, sele!t a report on an a!!ident or an in!ident whi!h !ontains spe!i%i! details F 3%ter the students have taken down short notes, use eli!itation te!hni6ues to get the" to help you build up a "ind "ap o% the details in the news report ?ut it on the whiteboard <hen using this "ind "ap, orally present the news report to the students G Aet the students to !opy the "ind "ap and then write a short report using the details C% you have a large !lass, you !ould get the" to work in pairs or in groups o% %our H 7n!e they have !o"pleted their reports, ask the" to !o"pare their reports to the original report Aive the" the option o% editing their work be%ore sub"itting the reports to you I <hen "ove on to the ne.t a!tivity Aet the students to sele!t a report$arti!le, !ut it out and paste it onto a pie!e o% paper 3sk the" to read it and then "ind "ap the in%or"ation relevant to the headline 4n!ourage the" to use !olors and designs o% their own !hoosing C% your students are %airly pro%i!ient, en!ourage the" to give their opinion about the in!ident$report i% they have any be%ore sub"itting the" to you '( 3t the end o% the lesson, e.plain that this is an on,going pro8e!t, whi!h they have to do at ho"e sin!e the ti"e allotted on the ti"etable has to be used to tea!h the ite"s or skills listed in the !ourse !ontent done per week <hey !an sele!t reports based on their interest and "ost i"portantly on their level o% !o"prehension 3lso set the nu"ber o% arti!les$reports to be

-anagement of the "eading +ro.ect

%n managing this ?eading 4ro0ect, two approaches can be used to edit the reports$ *ou can either collect them to edit in the com ort o your home, or edit them in class while the students are wor"ing on the e'ercises assigned to them$ %t is not very ta'ing to read them because most o the time the reports are about H0 to K0 words long$ :hile editing, you may want to improve on the studentsF wor" and i the need arises, you may also want to get them to rewrite the reports, especially i they have made many structural errors$ *ou could also encourage the students to maintain a ile$ ,rom time to time, get them to pass their iles around so that all the students get to read and loo" at each otherFs wor"$ %n carrying out this ?eading 4ro0ect, particularly with students whose pro iciency in English is <uite low, you can gradually build up their ability to read, e'tract relevant in ormation and write summaries$ 1t the same time, the students are also being trained in guided writing, that is, writing based on short notes$

Conclusion
This ?eading 4ro0ect using newspapers can be used by teachers in their respective classrooms per se or adapted to suit their classroom situations$ This activity, i planned and carried out well, can be converted into a research pro0ect$ &e ore embar"ing on such a research pro0ect, the would-be researcher may want to loo" into the underlying principles o encouraging unctional literacy using English !anguage dailies$ To a large e'tent, there are many advantages o implementing a reading pro0ect such as this in the ES! classroom$ ,or one, an attempt is made to encourage the students to read in English outside the ES! classroom$ 1t the same time, they are provided with e'perience in reading a variety o authentic te'ts o current and general interest to supplement the teaching materials, which are speci ically written or pedagogic purposes$ ,or their part, the students become amiliar with a variety o genres, li"e advertisements, reviews, reports, statistics, captions and notices, to name but a ew$ ?eading newspapers also provides an avenue through which the students can e'pand their "nowledge schema and develop their reading s"ills$ &esides this, it can to a large e'tent motivate the students to read a readily available and relatively cheap source o discourse in English$, which contains te'ts that o er high interest content ranging rom sensational news, gender-biased articles to content-based in ormation$ ,inally, to some e'tent, learner autonomy is being encouraged among the students, albeit in a modest way, by giving them a choice when it comes to selecting the reports or the ?eading 4ro0ect$

ow to use Newspapers in EL!


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Bac1ground Teaching English through the use o authentic materials can prove e ective, creative, innovative and interesting or both English language teachers and learners$ :hat we mean by authentic materials in teaching is the materials that have not been designed or teaching purpose$ ,or e'ample, a letter written by your riend, a press release, a notice and other materials that are not meant to have developed or teaching can be authentic materials or English language classroom$ Teaching English through the use o newspapers in ES!(E,! class is one o the popular sources o authentic materials$ 1 newspaper re ers to a printed publication daily or wee"ly containing news, advertisement and articles on various sub0ects$ The NE:S414E? has an acronym in which ONF stands or North, OEF or East, O:F or :est and OSF or South respectively$ That is to say, the newspapers report the incidents rom all our directions o the place or the world$ Newspapers, obviously, are authentic teaching materials or English language classroom$ They can be used or a variety o purposes in English language teaching$ ,or e'ample, they can be used to motivate students, to present new structures and practise them, or communicative activities, or teaching ree compositions writing and vocabulary and so on$ The newspapers include di erent sections and columns li"e editorials, news, boo" review, advertisements, condolences, letter to the editors that can be cut out or preparing di erent teaching materials or ES!(E,! classroom$ )nli"e most language te'tboo"s, this in ormation builds rom day to dayPwhat is learned in reading a story today can be applied to an updated version o the same story tomorrow$ %n other words, the newspapers are more current and updated in comparison to the course boo"s$ (uggested *ctivities 1. 1. News in Brief

%n some newspapers e$g$ Newsdigest as in The Aathmandu 4ost, there is a Onews in brie F section consisting o many short news items 3one paragraph each6$ 9ive each pair o learners one o these news items or reading 1s" them to write a headline or it on a separate slip o paper$ 2ollect all the stories and the headlines$

4aste them on the board or put them on a table and as" learners to match the stories and the headlines$ 1. 2. Caption $riting

,irst o all, let the learners read the captions under the photos and learn the structures and patterns used$ 1ssign them to write the caption o some photos

2ollect the captions written by the learners and paste them on the board to decide the one which is the best o all$ 1. 3. Letter to the Editor

!here is a letter to the editor section in each and every English Newspaper. For e,ample4 %oice of the +eople in !he /athmandu +ost4 letters to the editor in !he imalayan !imes. /irect learners to the letters to the editors section o the newspaper$

1s" them to read some o the letters and discuss in pairs which ones they ind most interesting( controversial( easy to understand$ ,eedbac" on this as a class$ There is o ten more than one letter in the letter to the editor section that can spar" discussion or a controversy$ Now as" learners to write their own letter to the editor$ They can respond to one o the letters on the page, or they can write about a recent news item$ They must write between 2> and Q> words$ :hen they have inished, as" them to compare letters with a partner and try to peer correct any big mista"es$ 2irculate and monitor$ Then post the letters to the editor around the class$ % someone responded to an earlier letter then they should copy and cut out the original letter to which they are responding$ % possible, email the letters written by the learners to the respective newspapers$ % published, they will be encouraged and it would also act as a reward to them$ 1s" the learners to read the news or article and let them write a letter to the editor responding the news and article$

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2ut out some photos rom various newspapers 3not necessarily English newspapers6 o recent news items which are amiliar( relevant( o interest to your learners$ 4ut the learners in pairs$ /emonstrate the activity by holding up a picture$

!et them spea" and describe what is in the picture 3there is@ there are@ a man is tal"ing@ two women are wal"ing@$6 Speculate about what the news story could be 3it could be@ it must be@ he might be@6

1s" learners to do the same with their picture in pairs$ 1s a ollow up they could write the caption or the photo on a separate piece o paper$ 2ollect the captions and photos$ ?edistribute them to the learners, who now have to ind the photo to match the caption$ 1. 8. Newspapers as a prompt

:e can always use newspapers as a prompt to start a discussion on a given topic$ Bust as we would show a picture o something to prompt discussion, do the same with a newspaper article$ % our aim is discussion and spea"ing s"ills, then why not use a newspaper written in the learnersF !1 to prompt discussion. !earners will be able to s"im an article much <uic"er in their own language, especially at lower levels$ % the issue is local, all the more reason to do so$ 1 variation o this would be to as" the learner to read something rom the newspaper in their own language and e'plain it to you in English 3o course this wor"s best in small classes or one to one classes6$ 1. 9. Newspaper as a prop

:e can use a newspaper in class without learners having to read it at all$ ,or some role play spea"ing activities give out props$ ,or idgety learners, having something to hold while they are spea"ing can help; ,or e'ample, role-play a conversation between two people over a co ee in the morning$ To help them get started, give them the ollowing options to start a conversation: 1 3reading a newspaper6 R Can you BELIEVE this? & R What is it? 1 R This is an outrage. Listen to this 1 R Are you listening to me? & 3reading a newspaper6 R Hmmmm? 1 R I was saying 1$ :. "ole;play the news

2hoose an interesting article or story rom the newspaper and ma"e enough copies or every pair o learners$ There are o ten Chuman interestD stories in the newspaper which adapt themselves well to role play 3C+an inds long lost brotherDG C!ottery winner buys a house or pet dogD etc$6$ 1s" learners to irst read the newspaper and then improvise a short role play$ ?ole plays rom newspapers are o ten conducted one o two ways: 16 one learner plays the 0ournalist and the other plays the protagonist o the storyG the 0ournalists does an interview, or 26 learners each ta"e the role o a person in the story and act out the story, or something that happens be ore or a ter the story$ <. $hat6s in the news today7 - /istribute the newspapers, one or each group o two or three learners$ - Tell them they have a time limit with which to s"im through the newspaper$ - :hen the time limit is up, as" two groups to get together and report to each other everything they remember that is in the news$ They must do this in English, and cannot re er to the newspapers 3this is important, because otherwise we may get one or two learners who bury their heads in the paper and donFt participate;6$ /o eedbac" as a whole group$ This is a combined reading and spea"ing activity, although the time limit orces learners to use the reading s"ill o s"imming$ =. Newspaper show and tell 9ive each learner a newspaper and tell them that or homewor", we would li"e them to ta"e the newspaper home, choose an article and prepare a report on it to classmates$ The report must be no longer than ive minutes, and should include peer teaching on new vocabulary that the learner encounters in their article$ This encourages reading outside the classroom, as well as dictionary use$ Set up a schedule and have the last ive minutes o every class devoted to news reports by a learner or learners and ma"e this pro0ect part o our class routine$ 1>. Newspaper ?ui@ 9ive each group o our or ive learners a newspaper and a piece o paper$ Tell them that they have ten minutes to ma"e a <ui= based on that section o the newspaper$ Suggest di erent "inds o <uestions, e$g$ -ow long has M been@ :here is @. -ow many people@. :hat happened in @. :ho is@. :ho won@. -ow much did@pay(cost@. %n groups, learners write si' <uestions$ 2irculate and monitor, chec"ing the grammar and spelling in the <uestions 3and ma"ing sure that <uestions are not too di icult;6 :hen the groups are inished, they pass the paper and the <uestions to another group$ Set a time limit or new groups to do the <ui=$ ?epeat the process i you have time$ /o eedbac" and chec" the answers to the <ui==es$ This is good to practise the reading s"ill o scanning or in ormation$

These are not only the e'ercises that can be used or English language teaching using the newspapers$ 1 number o creative activities or di erent language s"ills can be prepared based on the di erent items o the newspapers$ Conclusion Newspaper is a use ul tool in the E!T classroom or improving reading s"ills and enhancing studentsF "nowledge o current a airs$ -owever, it depends on the teacher or acilitators how they wor" out with the newspaper materials$ There ore, they should be able to select the items that suit the need o the language learners$ They should "eep in mind that learners should be le t ree to select an article that interests them, wor" on it and report bac" to other learners$ They should get learners to read outside the class as much as possible$ % we teachers can get our learners to regularly dip into English newspapers, their reading s"ills, writing s"ills and vocabulary will improve$ :e can tal" about reading and comprehension o English te'ts with our learners as well, and share strategies that they use while reading$ % used in a more inspiring way, newspapers can help both the teachers and learners achieving their goals$ http:((neltachoutari$wordpress$com(2012(10(01(how-to-use-newspapers-in-elt(

Newspaper reading activities Submitted by TE Editor on 22 November, 2002 - 12:00 Newspapers are a useful tool in t e E!T classroom for improving reading s"ills and en ancing students# "nowledge of current affairs$ T ere is a danger of putting students off reading newspapers if articles are used in t e same way as course boo"s, wit tedious compre ension activities$ %f used in a more inspiring way, newspapers can elp students to develop not only reading s"ills but also writing, grammar, vocabulary and spea"ing s"ills$ &elow are some tips and activities w ic % believe can elp$ Tips

Encourage students to read newspapers outside t e classroom, e'plaining t at ongoing reading can elp t em to articulate(discuss ideas more fluently, as well as read and understand a w ole variety of te'ts$ )se different newspapers to suit your students# tastes$ %f you are teac ing in an area w ere Englis -language newspapers are produced for t e local community, t ese may include articles and topics of particular interest and relevance to your students$ *ou don#t need to ave a great supply of newspapers in t e classroom$ +ost newspapers ave an online version, w ere you can print off articles, e$g$ ttp:((www$guardian$co$u"( or ttp:((www$bbc$co$u"(worldservice( Tal" to your students about reading and compre ension of Englis te'ts$ %t mig t be elpful to s are strategies for reading$ ,or e'ample, -ow often do t ey use a dictionary. /o t ey ta"e notes, or 0ot down new vocabulary. /o t ey s"im read to get a general idea of a te't.

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Guess the headline 2ut out a number of eadlines and from eac one remove an interesting word 3e$g$ +issing 4ainting ,ound %n 55555555 6$ Stic" t e incomplete eadlines on a piece of paper, p otocopy and distribute to teams of 7-8 students$ 1s" eac team to come up wit two possible answers for eac eadline: t e most li"ely word and t e funniest word$ 2ollect all t e responses and give eac team a point for any correct answer, and for t e funniest answers$ 9et everyone involved by olding a vote for t e funniest ( most original answer for eac eadline$ Guess the article Select an interesting newspaper article, preferably one w ic involves an e'citing

( unusual story$ 2 oose eig t "ey words from t e article and write t em on t e board$ 1s" students to wor" in teams of 7-8 to come up wit a story including t ese words$ : en t ey ave finis ed, read out ( tell t em about t e original article$ 9et students to read aloud t eir own versions - t is can create a lot of laug s;

Newspaper lies 1s" students to select a s ort item of news and to summarise it to a partner ( team, c anging some of t e details$ 4artners need to try and guess w ic of t e facts are true and w ic ave been c anged$ Wall quiz :rite a list of <uestions based on a selection of newspaper articles, and distribute t e <ui= to teams of 2-7 students$ 4in up t e articles around t e room and as" students to wal" around t e room trying to find t e answers$ T e winning team is t e first to find all t e answers$ T is can be <uite a lively activity; Presentations To encourage students to read newspapers in Englis on a more regular basis, organise s ort presentations at t e beginning of eac class$ 1s" a different student at t e end of eac class to find an interesting newspaper article and to summarise it to t e ot er students during t e ne't class, e'plaining w y t ey c ose it$ T is can lead to interesting discussions about current issues$ Newspaper treasure hunt ,or t is activity you will need a pile of old newspapers, enoug to distribute amongst teams of 8-> students$ :rite a list of articles ( words ( pictures w ic t e students need to find, and give teams a copy of t e list$ Tell t em to cut out t eir #treasures# and glue t em ne't to t e appropriate word in t e list 3or ma"e a note of t e page number6$ 4ossible list:
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1 0ob advert Some good news Some bad news ?eference to a famous political figure News about a star :eat er forecast News about a sport Name of a country ,avourite news item

Gossip T is is an easy activity for elping students to summarise articles$ ,or t is activity it is best to use tabloid newspapers or articles involving a bit of scandal, per aps about famous people$ Teac students useful p rases for c atting or gossiping, e$g$ #-ave you eard about@.#, #/id you "now t at@.#, #9uess w at.# etc$ )se appropriate gestures and intonation$ 1s" students to c oose an article of t eir c oice, underline or 0ot down important parts of t e article and report it to a friend, as t oug aving an informal c at$ T ey could t en go round t e class, c atting wit different people about t eir news article$ *ou could also teac students some useful p rases for responding, e$g$ #?eally. % don#t believe it;#, #1re you 0o"ing.#, #-ow ( w en did it appen.# News programmes T is is a great team activity for bot reading and spea"ing practice$ 4ut students into small teams and give t em one or two recent newspapers$ Tell t em t at t ey are going to wor" toget er to produce a news programme, including t e eadlines, special reports, interviews, per aps some footage from a story 3if students li"e acting;6, per aps t e weat er forecast$ T eir programme s ould be based on news items from t e papers, and everyone must be involved in some way$ %f you ave t e e<uipment, you mig t li"e to film t e programmes, or if not, eac team could act out t eir programme to t e rest of t e class$

/o *ou )se Newspapers in *our English 2lass *et. &y 4ro essor Eric ?oth Eric1K Nov 12th, 2010 Newspapers tell us the news, and in orm us about how today is di erent rom yesterday$ They provide us with some clues and some in ormation to help us better understand our rapidly changing world$ They arrive at our homes, on our laptops, and in our libraries$ &ut what about our English classrooms. -ow o ten do you use newspapers in your ES! classes. Newspapers allow students to e'pand their vocabulary, ollow current events, and deepen their understanding o our rapidly changing world$ 1s a ormer 0ournalist, teaching English with newspapers and maga=ines seems absolutely natural$ +y standard homewor" re<uires students to select, read, summari=e, and evaluate an article o their choice and bring to class or a discussion$ Students provide the basic bac"ground in ormation: Title author publication date length L o sources: !ist ive new or important vocabulary words: The ES! students also ma"e some 0udgments: :hatFs a "ey <uote. :hatFs the main idea. :hy. ,inally, students answer three other <uestions: :hat did you learn in this article. :hy did you choose the article. -ow would rate the article on a scale o 1-10. :hy. Students pursue their own interests R with some guidance R and develop a stronger English vocabulary that they want and need or their personal and academic development$ Naturally, they bring in topics and articles, in English and rom the internet, rom around the world$ This regular homewor" activity creates an engaging, in ormative classroom atmosphere while allowing students to CcreateD some course content$ +any ES! and E,! teachers, however, o ten eel reluctant to use newspapers$ Sometimes teachers eel that newspapers distract rom their te'tboo"sG sometimes it adds elements o uncertainty$ % suspect, however, that many English teachers also donFt <uite "now how to

e ectively deploy newspapers in their classrooms$ The newspapers in classroom movement remains more o an ideal than common practice in the )nited States$ 1merican newspapers would li"e to change that act$ The New *or" Times wants ES! teachers to add their <uality international paper to the curriculum$ -ereFs an e'cellent 8-page primer outlining 10 :ays to Support English !anguage !earners with the New *or" Times $ 1nd despite the descriptive headline, the in ormative article actually outlines over 2> activities and provides lin"s to do=ens o e'ceptional educational resources or both students and teachers$ Students can ind archival photographs to write postcards rom the past, research their birthdays in history, ind tourist in ormation on their hometowns or oral presentations, and compare and contrast how di erent countries approach global problems$ :or"sheets have been developed or an online vocabulary log, understanding prepositions, and a problem-solution organi=er$ &ottomline: This e'ceptional, le'ible teacherFs resource ma"es using newspapers much easier or novice English teachers and time-starved e'perience ES! instructors$ 2an all English classrooms use newspapers. No$ *et many low level and intermediate classes can use Easy English Times, )S1 Today, or the local English paper and ocus on simpler, shorter headlines and articles$ -igh intermediate and advanced students, however, can R and % would suggest should R try to read serious newspaper such as The %nternational -erald Tribune and The New *or" Times$ So letFs help our students and bring newspapers into our classrooms$ Eur students, a ter all, want to understand their world R in English;