Using Newspapers to Reinforce

‘ the Four Language Skills

By William M.  Balsamo
Kenmei Women's Junior College
Oshio-cho,...
‘ Why the newspaper? :

I Current issues are discussed

I Many photos to motivate discussion
I Varied format and featured ...
Types of features in

‘ newspapers: 

a.  Letters to the editor
b.  Crossword puzzles
c.  Weather grids

d.  Charts

e.  S...
Types of features in

‘ newspapers: 

m.  Music articles

n.  Science Articles

o.  Movie reviews

p.  Interviews of famou...
Other public printed sources

‘ sources for teaching Materials: 

a.  Weekly news magazines.  (e. g. Time,  Newsweek,  etc...
General Preliminary
Procedure: 

  

I Cut out articles and pictures from newspapers of the last
week (15 pictures are suf...
Classroom procedure

Divide the class into groups of two or three. 
(Students can also work independently)

” Distribute t...
Discussion Worksheet

  

I After students have joined headlines to pictures
distribute an evaluation sheet to each group ...
‘ Additional activities (1)

I Use Headlines and eliminate the main verb. 
Have students guess the missing verb from the

...
‘ Additional Activities (2)

I Make a tape of a news story (either audio or
video) from TV and read about the same
inciden...
/-iclcli'tiona / -c'tivi'ties (3)

Make a list of acronyms which appear in a newspaper and
discover their meanings.  Note:...
/ /el: )si'tes for the news

1 1. National Public Radio
wvvw.  npr. org

2. Voice of America
www. voa news. com

3. AJR Ne...
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Using Newspapers To Reinforce The Four Language Skills

  1. 1. Using Newspapers to Reinforce ‘ the Four Language Skills By William M. Balsamo Kenmei Women's Junior College Oshio-cho, Himeji-shi Japan 670-0011 yamataro670@yahoo. com
  2. 2. ‘ Why the newspaper? : I Current issues are discussed I Many photos to motivate discussion I Varied format and featured articles I Easy to access I Material is not expensive
  3. 3. Types of features in ‘ newspapers: a. Letters to the editor b. Crossword puzzles c. Weather grids d. Charts e. Sports articles f. Advice columns 9. Cartoons h. Editorials i. Advertisements j. Home Entertainment (TV and radio schedules) k. Theater reviews I. want Ads
  4. 4. Types of features in ‘ newspapers: m. Music articles n. Science Articles o. Movie reviews p. Interviews of famous people q. horoscopes
  5. 5. Other public printed sources ‘ sources for teaching Materials: a. Weekly news magazines. (e. g. Time, Newsweek, etc. ) b. In-Flight Magazines c. Travel Brochures d. Catalogs e. Posters f. Signs found in the street
  6. 6. General Preliminary Procedure: I Cut out articles and pictures from newspapers of the last week (15 pictures are sufficient for a 90 minute class) I Separate pictures from articles, headlines and captions I Make a collage of onlythe pictures I Makes a second collage of only the headlines and captions I Created a worksheet for notes and student response I NOTE: This takes time. It usually takes me about 3 hours to prepare these sheets
  7. 7. Classroom procedure Divide the class into groups of two or three. (Students can also work independently) ” Distribute the prepared sheets of picture collages and headlines. Silent work: Have students match the headlines with the pictures. (20 minutes) Have the students discuss the material with the other members of the group.
  8. 8. Discussion Worksheet I After students have joined headlines to pictures distribute an evaluation sheet to each group and have them judge the news. I Example: a. which was the most important International news? b. which was the least important International news? c. Which was the most important domestic news? d. which was the least important domestic news? e. which news stories were optimistic? f. which news stories were pessimistic? e. which new idioms and vocabulary words did you learn from the headlines?
  9. 9. ‘ Additional activities (1) I Use Headlines and eliminate the main verb. Have students guess the missing verb from the context. I Use the headlines and ask students to rewrite them into full sentences. I Cut out quotes from the news and match them with the people who said them. I Cut out headlines from a newspaper written in their native language and ask the students to translate then into English
  10. 10. ‘ Additional Activities (2) I Make a tape of a news story (either audio or video) from TV and read about the same incident in the newspaper. Compare them. How are they similar? How are they different? What's the difference between TV news and the newspapers. I Have students read an article written in their native language from their local newspaper. Then find the same article in an English Language newspaper and compare.
  11. 11. /-iclcli'tiona / -c'tivi'ties (3) Make a list of acronyms which appear in a newspaper and discover their meanings. Note: An acronym is a short word which is made from the first letters of a roup of words: 1'l'EFL is an acronym for Teaching Eng Ish as a Foreign Language. E. g. BOJ, HQ, NATO, UNESCO, NASA etc. , Take a cartoon strip (about four ictures) and white out the bubbles. Have the students ill in their own story OR give them the words of the bubbles in non-sequenced order and have them fill in the cartoon.
  12. 12. / /el: )si'tes for the news 1 1. National Public Radio wvvw. npr. org 2. Voice of America www. voa news. com 3. AJR Newslinks www. ajrnews. com 4. The Drudge Report www. drudgereport. com

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