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December 1, 2013

News in levels

Since my students are about to take the college entrance exam, they do not have too much time browsing the internet and learning from articles that interest them. I recently discovered a very practical news website for learners, which provides news articles in three different levels and word definitions. For those who want to improve their reading ability and vocabulary capacity, this website could be a good option. This website also prepares for teachers some tips on what we can do with the news. The following are the suggested activities posted on the website.

Sourced from: http://www.newsinlevels.com/for-teachers2/

Working with three levels

1. Let students start working with Level 1, so they can understand news well. Students read the English text and then play the recording.

2. Move on to Level 2. It is not too hard for students because now they know everything about the story, so they can deduce most of the new words too.

3. Move on to Level 3 and that is too difficult for the students but because they have been through level 1 and 2 they find out that they can more or less cope with it and know what the text is saying. This way they even deduce quite a lot of new words.

4. Now, students should practice telling the story to each other in a simple way.

 Reading

1. Let students work in pairs. Give both of them a copy of the English story at their level.

2. Students read the English text. The first student reads one sentence and translates it into their own language. The other student reads the second sentence and also translates it into their own language. They keep changing after one sentence and continue this way until they read the whole text.

3. The first student reads the first paragraph without translating it. The other student reads the second paragraph. Once again they change after one paragraph until they finish reading.

4. They do the same but there is a twist. They read the paragraphs their partners read.

5. One student reads the whole text and their partner only listens without reading it. Then the other student does the same. They practise their English listening skills.

6. Play the video or audio the next lesson as many times as necessary until all your students understand.

You can follow these instructions for any news. Have fun!

 

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