Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11
  1. #1
    Lauris Olups is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Latvian, Lettish
      • Home Country:
      • Latvia
      • Current Location:
      • Latvia
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Posts
    5
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Teaching English via news - what do you think?

    Hi!

    I'm an English teacher working for a company using the direct method, but lately there have been two groups whose level is a bit too good for that, so we've been reading the latest news I've prepared, with me explaining the new words, grammar and anything else they don't understand or make mistakes with, as we go. The lessons are really relevant, interesting and fun for everyone. So I thought of doing something similar, but finding my own students instead.

    The possible downside of this method is that there is no structured plan or exams. So it's just in the process - the relevant news and learning language that is actually used in the world around us. Plus I'm an active, extroverted person which makes me a teacher students usually like working with.

    So, do you have any opinions of suggestions as to how well this would work, and what should be taken into account?

  2. #2
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    43,580
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Teaching English via news - what do you think?

    There are sites like this one that produce lessons based on the news. You gain in areas like topicality and often interest, but the downside is that the lessons may have a short lifespan and not be recyclable. You also have to take into account the culture and expectations of the learners- gay marriage may be in the news in some countries, but it might make for a difficult lesson in some places.

  3. #3
    Lauris Olups is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Latvian, Lettish
      • Home Country:
      • Latvia
      • Current Location:
      • Latvia
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Posts
    5
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    There are sites like this one that produce lessons based on the news. You gain in areas like topicality and often interest, but the downside is that the lessons may have a short lifespan and not be recyclable. You also have to take into account the culture and expectations of the learners- gay marriage may be in the news in some countries, but it might make for a difficult lesson in some places.
    Thanks for the info! But how about lacking any plan or official evaluation in the end? I mean, then way I do it now, is just for the process of learning. The students want it for their own benefit, not for any official documents afterwards. I wonder if there is a market for such a thing.

  4. #4
    Lauris Olups is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Latvian, Lettish
      • Home Country:
      • Latvia
      • Current Location:
      • Latvia
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Posts
    5
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Thanks for the info! But how about lacking any plan or official evaluation in the end? I mean, then way I do it now, is just for the process of learning. The students want it for their own benefit, not for any official documents afterwards. I wonder if there is a market for such a thing.

  5. #5
    5jj's Avatar
    5jj is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    28,167
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    A lot of freelancers teach in this way, and do very well for themselves.

  6. #6
    Lauris Olups is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Latvian, Lettish
      • Home Country:
      • Latvia
      • Current Location:
      • Latvia
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Posts
    5
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Thanks for the inspiration 5jj!

    But what about not having and exams or evaluations? Do the freelances you speak of have them?

  7. #7
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is online now Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    23,756
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Lauris Olups View Post
    Thanks for the inspiration 5jj!

    But what about not having and exams or evaluations? Do the freelances you speak of have them?
    None of my adult students in Spain were preparing for any kind of exam or evaluation. They simply wanted to improve their English. I regularly used news articles as a starter for a class in much the same way you do (vocab and grammar first, then listening or reading comprehension and then discussion).

    The only students I (and many of my colleagues) had who were actually preparing for some kind of exam were the school/college age students.

    Certainly none of my private adult students expected to get any kind of certificate or evaluation at the end. In fact, there was no foreseeable "end". I started teaching them once they took me on and I carried on teaching them until I left Spain.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

  8. #8
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    43,580
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Lauris Olups View Post
    But what about not having and exams or evaluations? Do the freelances you speak of have them?
    There is definitely a market for this- I have both taught and studied without aiming to do exams. I have lessons in the language of the country I am living in, but never work towards exams. There are plenty of learners who don't need to get certificates. However, having an option to take exams may also be useful.

  9. #9
    Lauris Olups is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Latvian, Lettish
      • Home Country:
      • Latvia
      • Current Location:
      • Latvia
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Posts
    5
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Thanks. Is there a chance of getting touch with someone here who has experience with this? I'd like to ask for some advice in a private conversation. :)

  10. #10
    adrianaflower's Avatar
    adrianaflower is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Posts
    1
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Teaching English via news - what do you think?

    I think you should make your students read more books and novels, especially Sidney Sheldon, as it contains thrilling stories and some electrifying words which we can use in our daily life, thus, improving their grammar.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 20-Mar-2014 at 13:11. Reason: Remove advertising link.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. [Tdol's Blog] English Teacher X Guide To Teaching English Abroad
    By Tdol in forum UsingEnglish.com Content
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 17-Oct-2012, 16:20
  2. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 27-Jan-2009, 13:17
  3. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 19-Nov-2008, 13:37
  4. English news paper
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 16-Sep-2004, 06:21

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •