On February 1, 2017 ELP Language Specialist Eve Litt presented an online teacher training seminar with American English. The presentation was entitled “Using News Sources to Enhance Learning in the EFL Classroom.”
As technology becomes more mobile, online media is everywhere. Social networks have become not only a place where people connect all over the world, but also where people react to current events and ultimately engage in discussions about the news. Preparing ESL students to take part in this type of discourse has become increasingly important. Writing for newspapers is its own genre, and using audio segments from television or radio is a resource for students to notice, study, and imitate speech patterns.
In this webinar, teachers learn about ways to use news sources to enhance English language learning in the classroom. The webinar will focus on classroom activities you can use related to vocabulary development, pronunciation, and pragmatics. The presenter will also share resources for finding level-appropriate and openly sourced examples of journalism.
From that webinar, Ms. Litt also recorded a short teaching tip that American English produced and uploaded to YouTube on March 31st. In this Teaching Tip topic, Ms. Litt examines how to use a lesson sequence to incorporate news sources in the English language classroom. “Teaching Tips” are short professional development videos produced by the American English team that share current, practical knowledge and classroom ideas for EFL teachers around the globe.