How to learn English with news articles
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Are you an English trainer who spends your coffee break browsing through informative articles on “The Guardian”? Did you also know you can use articles from this well-known newspaper in your classroom? The newspaper partners with site onestopenglish to make its articles available for the English-language classroom. But what makes the materials from onestopenglish different to the dull worksheets we all remember from school?
Onestopenglish is an amazing tool by Macmillan Education for English trainers and students alike. For students, it offers vocabulary and grammar activities. For trainers, there are articles outlining great techniques for teaching their students business English in the classroom. Trainers are offered a multitude of approaches for various topics and it helps them implement these in the classroom. Whether it be a needs analysis lesson at the beginning of a course, role plays and simulations for real-life business situations or lessons on intercultural interactions – this website has everything a trainer and their students need.
One of my favourite tools (as well as that of many of our trainers) is the weekly topical worksheets from the Guardian that onestopenglish offers. At first sight, it seems to emulate that typical scenario in school when the teacher handed out a worksheet to be done in class while they sat at the front and acted as a surveillance camera and the only thing you could hear were pencils scribbling away. Well, that scenario is far from what these worksheets offer. Students aren’t only required to write, they also hold group discussions, read up-to-date articles (usually taken from “The Guardian” itself), quiz themselves on new and challenging vocabulary and play fun games to reinforce what they have learned. And yes, all of this is accomplished straight from a single worksheet.