Using English Current (EC) News Lesson Plans in Your Class
Each news lesson has been designed to take up one hour of class time. Lessons focus on speaking (50%), reading comprehension (30%), and vocabulary building (20%). This structure makes EC news lessons ideal for English conversation classes (group or one-on-one).
The articles have been limited to 250-350 words. This ensures the introduction of sufficient information and vocabulary without overwhelming the student(s).
Teachers who require a printout of the lesson should download and print the Microsoft Word (97) .DOC file attached to the top of each lesson.
Below is the recommended breakdown of each activity for your lesson. You may, of course, choose to use the material in whatever way you wish.
Comprehension questions have been designed to cover the key ideas introduced in the text. Answers to the comprehension questions are available on the online version of the lessons. They are not provided in the printable .DOC lesson format but should be easily discernible from the article itself. Cover the questions.
Debate & Role-Play Activities
Most lessons contain some kind of debate or role-playing activities. These can be the most interesting part of the lesson so save time for them. The debates often focus on controversial or sensitive issues (which is why they are debatable), so be sure to preread the instructions to ensure the activity is appropriate for your students before having them execute it.
|Total class time =||50-58 minutes|
Be sure to review key vocabulary at the beginning of the next class. We recommend keeping a running list of the main vocabulary items you have covered and reviewing it frequently with the students, instead of merely jumping from one breaking news story or topical lesson plan to the next every lesson. Lastly, if time permits, discuss recent developments in the news story at the beginning of the next class.
The rest is up to you. If you have questions or feedback, please contact us.
Best of luck,
Matthew Barton / Englishcurrent.com