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Title: Bringing News Into The Classroom


1
Bringing News Into The Classroom
  • Sean Banville

2
What well do this session
  • Answer the question Why is he here?
  • Look at what makes news news
  • Look at why we are so interested in news
  • Look at whether students like news and news
    materials?
  • Look at some activities based on news
  • Look at some websites offering news materials

3
What is news?
  • a report of a recent event (that interests us
    and touches or affects our lives)
  • the presentation of a report on new events in
    a newspaper or other periodical or on
    radio, television or the Internet (that
    interests us and touches or affects our lives)
  • a person, thing, or event considered as a
    choice subject for journalistic treatment
    newsworthy material (that interests us
    and touches or affects our lives)
  • international / regional / national / local /
    sports / traffic / weather / travel / industry /
    family / personal / college / course / class /
    Hollywood / Bollywood / weird / ...

4
What makes news news?
  • relevance
  • magnitude and impact
  • informational value
  • reference to someone famous or important
  • continuity
  • timeliness / recentness
  • emotional and intellectual interest
  • it empowers conversation and oneness with the
    world

5
News And Our Life
  • Its ubiquitous and inescapable 24/7
  • Its part of us
  • It redresses the balance in the classroom

6
Proof!
  • A Google search showed the number of pages for
  • news 2,970,000,000
  • business 2,060,000,000
  • Google 1,930,000,000
  • English 1,870,000,000
  • love 1,650,000,000
  • money 915,000,000
  • s _ x 484,000,000
  • George W. Bush 8,890,000

7
Some quotes
  • Much has been said and written on the utility
    of newspapers but one principal advantage which
    might be derived from these publications has been
    neglected we mean that of reading them in
    schools.
  • The Portland Eastern Herald (June 8, 1795)

8
Some quotes
  • News is history in its first and best form, its
    vivid and fascinating form, and...history is the
    pale and tranquil reflection of it.
  • Mark Twain, in his autobiography (1906)

9
Some quotes
  • Just wanted to let you know that I had a major
    success today. I get the low level readers as
    well as ESL. One of my students is what one
    might politely call "behaviorally challenged."
    He actually completed the assignment on Hip Hop.
    This is the first assignment he has ever
    completed. I did not quite know how to react.

10
Some quotes
  • Current events provide authentic learning
    experiences for students at all grade levels....
    In studying current events, students are required
    to use a range of cognitive, affective, critical
    thinking and research skills.
  • Haas and Laughlin, 2000

11
Good for students?
  • Graduate / Learning outcomes
  • Interesting
  • News receiving and therefore authentic
  • Ample chances for follow-up (Continuity)
  • Provides for authentic and engaged conversation
  • Educational
  • Utilizes schemata from L1
  • Encourages further reading/listening/watching
    (L1/L2)
  • The prestiege factor (esp. for lower levels)
  • Multi-media / multi-dimensional

12
Some numbers
  • Q.1 Are you interested in news?
  • Yes 76
  • No 24

13
Some numbers
  • Q.2 Do you read / listen to / watch the news
    more than once a week?
  • Yes 65
  • No 35

14
Some numbers
  • Q.3 Are you most interested in news about
  • (a) Ras Al Khaimah - 8
  • (b) The UAE - 60
  • (c) The Gulf - 5
  • (d) The world - 27

15
Some numbers
  • Q.4 Are you interested in news about RAK?
  • Yes 69
  • No 31

16
Some numbers
  • Q.5 Are you interested in news about the UAE?
  • Yes 86
  • No 14

17
Some numbers
  • Q.6 Are you interested in Gulf news?
  • Yes 31
  • No 69

18
Some numbers
  • Q.7 Are you interested in world news?
  • Yes 46
  • No 64

19
Some numbers
  • Q.8 Do you like to study news stories in class?
  • Yes 59
  • No 41

20
Some numbers
  • Q.9 In class, do you prefer teacher-made news
    lessons or lessons from Headway?
  • The teachers 83
  • The book 17

21
Some numbers
  • Q.10 When you look at news stories in class,
    is it real (first time) news for you?
  • Yes 78
  • No 22

22
Some headlines
  • Maitha bags prestigious Arab sportswoman of the
    year award
  • Dh400m resort taking shape in Ras Al Khaimah
  • Minister highlights UAE government's efforts to
    empower Emirati women in UN speech
  • Student expelled for punching teacher
  • 60-yr-old gets Best Driver honour
  • Egypt's women get their own coffee shop
  • RAK unveils model of new AED 850 million theme
    park
  • Female Emirates Post staff demand two-day weekend

23
Some lesson ideas - Discussions
  • STUDENT As QUESTIONS (Do not show these to
    student B)
  • (a) What do you think about car license
    plates?
  • (b) Why do cars have license plates?
  • (c) What number license plate would you like
    to have?
  • ?- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  • STUDENT Bs QUESTIONS (Do not show these to
    student A)
  • (a) Americans say license plate, British
    people say number plate. Which
    do you like better?
  • (b) The worlds most expensive license plate
    is 14.3 million. Guess what the
    previous record was. (Answer is in the news
    article.)
  • (c) Do you think cities in the Persian Gulf
    have a very strong car culture?

24
Some lesson ideas - html
  • This ones from an application called Sequitur
    from TexToys the Hot Potatoes people.
  • http//www.cict.co.uk/software/textoys/download.ht
    m

25
Some lesson ideas - Listening
  • Make your own news with mp3 files.
  • Let students make their own news listening.
  • Use the free Audacity sound editor
  • http//audacity.sourceforge.net/

26
Some news sites
  • http//www.breakingnewsenglish.com
  • http//www.newsflashenglish.com
  • http//www.simpleenglishnews.com
  • http//www.handsonenglish.com
  • http//www.headsupenglish.com
  • http//www.english-to-go.com
  • http//www.onestopenglish.com
  • http//www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/
    newsenglish/index.shtml
  • http//www.nytimes.com/learning/index.html
  • http//www.voanews.com/specialenglish/
  • http//newzcrew.org/
  • http//www.un.org/cyberschoolbus/
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