Our high quality online
English lessons and additional ESL teaching resources provide you
with a valuable tool kit. Teach your students about our rapidly changing
world and how to communicate more effectively within it with photocopiable
lessons from Thomson Reuters news.
Would you like to involve your English
students in a topical discussion? Do you find your ESL students need to
develop greater understanding of many world issues to help them develop general
language proficiency? Through newspaper articles students can access up-to-date
information from countries all around the world. They can learn geographical,
historical, social/cultural, economic, and political information using the
Learning through newspaper articles provides learners with an
interesting challenge. Many of us, as language practitioners and teachers,
recognize this and regularly turn to newspapers and magazines for authentic
texts of current interest to enhance our teaching. We scan the paper, find
a piece we consider interesting, cut it out and then photocopy it for the
class. Often, however, the hoped-for goal of reading and discussing the news
article with the class is a disappointment; it can prove to be an unfocussed
and relatively unproductive exercise. The material is too long, too discursive,
the vocabulary can be off-putting, and in the end, very little discussion
is generated. Sadly the text is often abandoned, even though the objective
Authenticity itself does not assure a valid learning experience. The exploitation of an authentic text requires considered development to achieve direction and focus.
Textbooks provide us with a systematic and organised way in
which we can focus on teaching
English. However, much literature focuses on the potential of topical,
authentic text for motivating the students we teach. A piece of text from
a newspaper can have an immediate relevance. For this reason many EFL and
try to incorporate newspaper articles. Unfortunately, they are only able to
do so when all forms of exophoric reference are removed. Exophoric reference
is the background or real world knowledge students, or readers in general,
require to understand a text. If a newspaper text is to be incorporated into
a textbook in two years time, all references to the event must be explained
Most real world communication requires exophoric referencing so we try to incorporate when we teach. We can only do this by using recently torn out news articles (if we are fortunate enough to have a readily available supply of English-language newspapers and magazines), and this in itself presents another problem. Our students, fellow teachers and employers are accustomed to a high standard of presentation in the materials used in the ESL classroom. Trying to maintain that presentation standard, and general lesson quality in the materials we produce, while working a full teaching load, is more than a little daunting.
This is where English-to-go comes into play; the work has already been done. English-To-Go supplies a variety of ESL teaching resources, the main one being Instant Lessons - English lessons based around Thomson Reuters news articles ranging from elementary to advanced. The materials offer reading, writing, listening, grammar and speaking activities and include, vocabulary, language-use, comprehension and post-reading activities such as role plays, discussions and games. Each lesson comes complete with student worksheets, teachers notes and follow-on activities. On average, each lesson contains nine different activities based around the news article. For busy teachers, English-To-Go can save hours of preparation time in cutting up news articles and formulating lesson plans. Full membership to English-to-go is not free, although you are able to sign up for the free guest membership to receive one free resource monthly. There are also free sample English lessons: Free sample_lessons
In early 1998 a small group of educationalists, designers
and programmers agreed to work together in their spare time on developing English-To-Go.
They spent six months developing the teaching methodology. In November 1998
the www.english-to-go.com website
was launched with a lesson called 'lift off', a story about John Glen who was
circling in space at the time. The site quickly became a full time occupation
and since then more and more people from around
the world have become involved.
The English-To-Go website and its content is now created by an international team of qualified and experienced teachers, trainers, facilitators, linguists, technicians and educational experts. The Instant Lessons teaching approach is based on motivating students by providing them with interesting lessons, up to date and well planned materials. All the lessons are carefully prepared to get students interested then encourage and challenge them. Lessons are based on current events. Students get fresh, global contemporary English and with the potential for real world communication.
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