Wednesday, 11 October 2017

2017 News and Words of the News: Speaking, Listening and Writing Activities

Students learn to talk about the news, and practise their speaking, listening and writing skills.



The goal here is to give students the tools to confidently comment on the current affairs and news. Besides, their end-of-program exam being a listening task a strong emphasis will be put on listening activities.

This lesson includes:
1. an introductory activity about 2017 News (Slideshow of pictures)
2. a vocabulary recap (words of the news and linking words)
3. a writing activity (words of the news and linking words)
4. listening activities: the BBC One Minute News or DW 3 minute report


1. 2017 News recap (Slideshow)


2017 News (Slideshow)

We discuss the different events as I show them the pictures. 

Then I show them again and they have to try to memorize the events.

Finally, they work in groups to remember the events and write one sentence/picture.(it can be done as a competition between groups).

This activity was suggested by a colleague of mine. I did it this year with the students and it worked really well.


2. Vocabulary recap.



I chose to use it as a vocabulary recap activity but this worksheet can also be provided to the student to help them do the 2017 News recap activity.














Linking words Wordsearch



I put together a list of very common linking words that they ought to know by heart. The word search is to help them memorize them.







3. A writing activity (words of the news and linking words)


This exercise is exercise 2 on Vocabulary recap worksheet. The aim is to encourage the students to reuse the vocabulary and the linking words to write a fully structured paragraph on 2017 events.


4. Listening activities


These are a couple of listenings on current affairs that can be done on a regular basis in class or as homework. The videos are short 1 minute for the BBC and 3 minutes for the DW.

We listened to each of them and compared the news (and accents).

BBC One Minute World News 

DW Top Stories in 90 Seconds 




This set of activities can be followed by a revision of past simple, a work on fake news and a quiz on 2017 News. Alternatively, students could also be asked to create a quiz of their own on 2017 News.

See the posts below:

Talk About the News Using Past Simple: A Grammar in Context Lesson

Create a Quiz with Google Forms: Vocabulary, Writing and Reading Activity

2017 News quiz

Fake News (coming soon)


Students learn to talk about the news,  and practise their speaking, listening and writing skills.



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