NIE, is an international program begun in 1955 to advance the use of newspapers in schools.
The main purpose of the program:-
to improve reading, spelling and writing abilities.
The N.I.E. program offers a win-win situation.
Teachers enhance their curriculum with an innovative and successful teaching method.
excited, motivated students learn valuable skills by using the newspaper.
Studies show that using newspapers in the classroom helps students increase their vocabulary, comprehension and critical thinking.
Newspapers help students establish lifelong reading habits, develop math skills and even score higher on tests.
Today's better informed students grow up to be tomorrow's better informed adults.
Who is involved?
Teachers use the newspapers as textbooks and supplements in areas such as reading, writing, math, science, history, economics, language arts, special education, English as a second language and more. The newspaper can be incorporated into nearly any classroom subject and grade level from kindergarten to adult education. Newspapers are considered the most up-to-date, inexpensive textbook available to students. The skills gained from regular newspaper exposure make each student a better learner, a better problem-solver, and a better leader.
Allow for discussion before, during and after each read-aloud period.
Don’t "test" children on what you’ve read, but use the opportunity to get their opinions and to share your own.
Read the sections that interest you both: the comics, movie reviews, the Food Section, classified ads.
What do you think happened next?
How do you think the person in the article felt?
How does this picture make you feel?
What would you have done?
Guidelines for the use of Newspaper in Education followed by our school
Five minutes should be devoted for discussion of the headlines/ news items everyday in the class by the teachers.
It can be used for honing the comprehension skills of the students and for enhancing their word power.
Any interesting information can be put up on the display board. Maintain a scrap book on a topic for the month.
If any NIE activity is done, the students should keep a record of the same in the respective notebook.
Every Friday the newspaper to be returned to the library.
Used newspaper can/ to be made into paper bags.
Newspapers are a useful tool in the ELT classroom for improving reading skills and enhancing students' knowledge of current affairs. There is a danger of putting students off reading newspapers if articles are used in the same way as course books, with tedious comprehension activities. If used in a more inspiring way, newspapers can help students to develop not only reading skills but also writing, grammar, vocabulary and speaking skills
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