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The News and Other Media Activities




CNN Newsroom and Worldview

A free, 30-minute block of commercial-free news and features programming accompanied by a Daily Classroom Guide, developed especially for school use.


CNN Newsroom and Worldview for EFL

CNN Newsroom is a thirty-minute program broadcast every Monday thru Friday at 04:30 (4:30 AM) Eastern Time (USA). It is sponsored by Turner Educational Services, Inc. and is broadcast on the regular CNN channel available via satellite or cable throughout the world. It is made available, free of charge, for use in classrooms and other educational settings such as this one. Any school or educational institution may use the CNN Newsroom program free of charge. All institutions are required to fill out a simple School Enrollment Form. It is also possible to enroll from the CNN Newsroom Enrollment website. Each set of guidelines begins with a program rundown of what is included in the broadcast for that particular day, including time lengths for each section so that teachers will know what sections they can include into a limited amount of time. A short vocabulary list is followed by substantial groups of discussion questions and then usually by a student activity section including such activities as completing charts relevant to the content, doing further interview or library research, doing experiments, completing inventories, "fill in the blank" quizzes, or responding with opinionated answers to discussion questions.


CNN World News Fringe Stories

A web site that will provide a wealth of short human interest stories to motivate students to read short texts of high interest and low level vocabulary. Changes constantly as a source of texts for reading activities


Create Your Own Newspaper



English MTV Method

Using Feature film in the EFL Classroom. This page documents a teacher's experience trying to use feature film/video in her ESL Classroom. Contains very useful ideas, reflections, activities to think through prior to just pressing the play button. Useful site to begin prior to visiting Karen's ESL Partyland site on Film Activities.


ESL Partyland News Activities

News, magazines, Film, Television, and Video Activities. It is difficult to find good sites with activities engaging students of EFL in content from their popular culture. This site is considered to be among the very best.


Humanising Language Teaching Ezine

An online magazine (e-zine) with a variety of topics of interest to EFL teachers. Back issues are also available online. Includes editorial, major articles, short articles, ideas, lessons, student voices...


Impact Online

Welcome to Impact! Online, an interactive news magazine for intermediate and advanced ESL/EFL students. This web site features articles about current events, health, sports and entertainment, etc. In each article, certain words are highlighted. If you click on any of these words, you will be linked to a explanation page for that word. Some of these pages feature audio files, which will teach you how to pronounce the word


Index of Online Newspapers

From here you can find most online newspaper website from around the world. The site has a very easy to use directory for selecting by country.


iT's Magazine

iT's Magazine is a bi-monthly magazine for teachers and students of English around the world. It was first published in 1990 as a magazine for teachers of English in Spain but over the years has developed into an international magazine. The aim of the magazine is to provide teachers and students with up-to-date teaching material based on what is happening in the world today. iT's Magazine can be used in different ways: Teachers can use the magazine as a source of supplementary teaching material.
Students can use the magazine for self-study purposes. iT's Magazine can also be used as an alternative to the traditional course book.


SOON Online Magazine

This is the LEARNING ENGLISH section of the SOON ONLINE MAGAZINE in easy English. The whole magazine is designed to help those learning English, or who speak it as a second language. You will find many ideas, and links to other sites.


USA Today Weird Stories

A web site where teachers can find interesting but strange stories from the news media. These stories are high in interest and easy to read in terms of vocabulary.



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