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Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: In the news

  • 75 min
  • In class
  • Reading
  • B2
  • C1


Lesson Objectives

  • Develop approaches to reading texts in English
  • Understand and research a current event from the perspective of the English-speaking media

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EF Education First


Success criteria

  • Predict the content of a news article, based on its headline and introduction
  • Skim an article for main ideas, before scanning for specific details
  • Identify new vocabulary and grammar in an authentic news article, and research its meaning and use
  • Evaluate the differences between news sources from different countries

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Activities (14)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions.


Teacher notes

No teacher notes.

 

Warm up 1

Warm up 1

Recommendations

  • 1 min
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Watch the first minute of the music video 'Spent the Day in Bed' and follow the lyrics. Then answer the questions in Warm up 2.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce one opinion on the news media, and the influence it has on people's moods.

Culture notes

Morrisseyis an English singer, songwriter, and author. He was the lead singer of the rock band The Smiths, considered by some to be one of the most important British bands of the 1980s, known for their melodic and poetic songs. It is not important if students do not know about Morrissey or The Smiths.

 

Warm up 2

Warm up 2

Recommendations

  • 3 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to discuss the issues raised in the song.

Suggested answers

1. The song suggests that the news is getting worse because the people who produce the news want to keep you frightened. The solution to this is to stay in bed, not watch the news, and to lead your own life.

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to discuss the students' interest in news.

Run this activity as a class poll to get students’ responses to the question. Then discuss answers as a class.

Extension

 

Predict

Predict

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce the purpose and practice of predicting the content of a text, prior to its reading.

Suggested answers

Mueller Russia inquiry: This article relates to the filing of charges against two members of Donald Trump's election campaign in regrard to foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election. It is important because these are the first charges in the investigation, and may lead to further action against more senior figures. Words which may appear in the article include: crime, politics, donations, government, arrest, investigation, and administration.

 

How to skim

How to skim

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Individual
  • Support activity


Student instructions

After you have made some predictions about a text, you should skim it for its main ideas. Read the reference material 'Skimming' and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to give students a guide to the purpose and practice of skimming a text for the main ideas.

 

Skim

Skim

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions.


Teacher notes

This activity aims to give students practice in skimming.

Students should skim read the article they chose and revise their predictions, adding any new information they think is relevant.

Allow stronger students to go online and find different articles if they prefer.

 

How to scan

How to scan

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Support activity


Student instructions

Read the reference material 'Scanning' and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce students to the purpose and practice of scanning a text for detailed information.

 

Scan

Scan

Recommendations

  • 12 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Read your article again and answer the questions in as much detail as you can.


Teacher notes

This activity aims to test students' reading comprehension and ability to discuss news stories in detail. Tell students to re-read the article and answer the questions with their partners.

Suggested answers

 

New vocabulary

New vocabulary

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise researching and remembering new vocabulary.

If necessary, copy and paste another version of this activity into the lesson, so that students can cover several items of vocabulary.

 

New grammar

New grammar

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to enable advanced students to practise researching and remembering unfamiliar grammar points in texts.

You may need to help students to identify the grammar points that they are researching.

 

Research

Research

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to look at the articles in more depth by researching their background and any subsequent related events that have occurred.

Extension

 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Challenge activity


Student instructions

No instructions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to discuss the differences in style and tone between news sources in different parts of the world.

Suggested answers

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to review students' work in the lesson, and have them identify what they did well and what they would like to improve.

 
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