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Breaking News English


Breaking News English

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A series of ESL/EFL lesson plans based on current events in the news.
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Material Type: Collection
Date Added to MERLOT: October 28, 2005
Date Modified in MERLOT: March 24, 2016
Submitter: Carla Meskill


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Primary Audience: High School, College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
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Avatar for E W
3 years ago

E W (Staff)

An excellent resource! I have used this many times in class. The materials were originally created for students in Japan, and some of the language activities reflect that, nevertheless the materials are thoughtful and engaging.

Best for intermediate to advanced students.

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Avatar for Álvaro Ricárdez Scherenberg
6 years ago

Álvaro Ricárdez Scherenberg (Teacher (K-12))

You did a remarkable job with this resource. Congratulations! It worked perfectly and my students were really interested. I did the interview to John Lennon's murderer and my students were with their noses in the paper! They are Mexican teens and even not so closely related to the Beatles, they knew about it and they loved the activity! Thanks!

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I appreciate your constructivist way of dealing with the activities! Vygotsky would be proud of you as a collaborator!

Time spent reviewing site: Minimum four hours in total, for just one activity! Reviewing and implementing it
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Avatar for Josh Overcast
8 years ago

Josh Overcast (Faculty)

The sheer variety of exercises and activities given with each lesson of Breaking News English makes for an enormously useful resource for ESL/EFL instructors. As with a textbook, the site provides a consistent structure and guide for the classroom--those instructors with heavy teaching loads will find the suggested ready-made tasks of great benefit in saving time while preserving quality. In Breaking News English, activity and exercise types--cloze, gap fill, true/false, etc.--are repeated from one reading to the next, which with some exposure allows learners to focus less on the instructions for each task and more on content, new and unfamiliar vocabulary, new grammar structures, etc. The news articles are updated on a very frequent basis, and the content of the articles more often than not seems engaging for learners, especially in an EFL environment. To comment on the peer review of Breaking News English, I must say that I disagree with the concern as to poor layout of the site. While the site may not be instantly attractive to learners, instructors with an eye for well-designed lessons and exercises will find what they are looking for without difficulty.
Time spent reviewing site: Several hours (over the course of approximately one year).