This lesson is about news and the media and gives learners opportunities to express their own opinions.

Author: 
Jo Budden

Learners start by talking about the news and considering the advantages and disadvantages of the four main media sources – TV, the internet, newspapers and radio. Then learners look at some headlines and invent the story behind the headline. Learners will also summarise an article, discuss controversial quotes based on the topic of news and finally they step into the role of a news reporter to carry out an interview with a selected celebrity. The tasks can be adapted to suit your learners depending on their level, age group and context.

Aims

  • To practise speaking skills
  • To predict content from a headline
  • To develop summarising skills
  • To practise question formation

Age group
Young learners aged 12+ or adults

Level
CEFR level B1–B2

Time
60–90 minutes

Materials 
The lesson plan and worksheet can be downloaded in PDF format below. In addition, you will need a selection of newspapers (or learners can use mobile devices if you have internet access).

Further reading
https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/using-news-articles
https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/developing-writing-skills-a-news-report

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Comments

This is an awesome lesson plan! I will be using this idea in class this week! I bet they´re gonna have lots of fun!
Thanks!

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