First news for learners of English

Posted on Jun 4 2014 - 3:27am by Zdenda

My students are online all the time. Through the internet they are flooded with information, but whenever I ask them about any current affairs they know nothing. They have no idea who or what I am talking about.
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In my opinion, this “dementia” is caused by two factors. First, all the news on the internet has to be new and it must not get repeated. Thus the students see all the facts just once and therefore they do not remember them. Second, students choose only the news they are interested in and ignore the rest. The basic information never reaches them.

That is why I have decided to give my students a chance to meet all the news in my lessons. I have created a mind map and several games for the video First News TV. In this video all the most important news from the previous week gets summed up. Moreover, the news is read slowly and clearly and students can learn a lot.

First News – video

First News TV from Sky News (30 May 14) from First News on Vimeo.

First News – Mind map

Watch the video and complete the following mind map.
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First news mind map

Complete the mind map with the information from the video

First News – games

Once you have filled in the mind map, it is time to check your understanding in the following games. The first game is called on Target and your task is to choose the correct answer and then shoot as many BAD ducks as possible. Do not forget that you can get an interesting bonus if you shoot one of the bottles.

The other game concentrates on the vocabulary. Your task is to complete the quiz and if you pass you will get a chance to play the game Indiara. As both of the games are in HTML5 you should be able to play it on your mobile phone too. Enjoy.

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  1. kiwiprofesor 04/06/2014 at 7:45 pm -

    Hi,
    I like what you´ve done here – I found the same thing. There are some good sites that might help, like Newsy, News in Levels, Student news daily, just to name a few.
    I was wondering which program you used to make the games?
    It´s very good.

  2. Zdenda 05/06/2014 at 2:26 am -

    Thank you for the information.
    The games are created with templates from http://www.contentgenerator.net.

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