Right, we've got some news... now where do we go with it? Image: Cyberslayer
On my World News for Kids Teacher's Page, I demonstrate how I build extensive 'kits' based on initial news articles, working through reading, extending into listening with additional topical content, then working through a variety of different speaking and writing activities.
I figured some teachers out there might be interested in the how and why of this sort of kit creation, and even might like to work on making their own extensive study kits based on news articles. Or (and even better) they might like to explore how this could become more of an 'unplugged' learning application where learners choose and work with the content more on their own.
So here are some quick audio-visual guidelines I've produced, starting with the more 'teacher-led/created' side of things and finishing with some thoughts about taking it 'unplugged'...
Of course, this is only a small selection of ways to build materials and activities around news articles for the ELT classroom, but I hope they at least give you some ideas to think about.
On the WNK Teacher's Page, towards the bottom, you can access four full 8-page samples (across four levels of difficulty/challenge) to see how my approach works on paper. I also heartily recommend a good look at Sean Banville's outstanding BreakingNewsEnglish.com for an alternative range of activities based on news articles.