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Listening to the News
Sean Banville
www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
(+10 other websites)
Listening to the News
1. Proof that news is great / important / a must …
2.

Why news is great for students (and teachers)...
www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
1.

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
1. Google search (26/11/2013) for:
news
English
business
love
movies
s_x
Barack Obama
money
present perfect
rap
grammar
vo...
1.
“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 st...
1.
“Current events provide authentic learning
experiences for students at all grade levels....
In studying current events,...
1. Collocations: Everything in life!
International regional local world national
good bad sad bad tragic terrible happy
aw...
1. Emotionally involved…
Motivationally involved.
interest disturbing pride anger pessimism
optimism hope doom dread belie...
1. Sources: Everywhere in life

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
1. Sources: Everywhere in life
Listening materials
television, radio, the Internet, Google News,
Facebook, Twitter, YouTub...
2.

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
2. Why is news good for our students?
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
f.
g.
h.
i.

relevance / authenticity
magnitude and impact
informatio...
2. Why is news good for our students?
d. schemata from L1

© 2013 http://www.asahi.com/articles/TKY201312100338.html?ref=r...
2. Why is news good for our students?
d. schemata from L1

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
2. Why is news good for our students?
e. continuity (chances for follow-up)

A major road-safety campaign is under way…
Th...
2. Why is news good for our students?
e. continuity (chances for follow-up)

The charity Brake is also calling for motoris...
3.

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
3. Problems with listening to news
a.
b.
d.
e.
f.
g.
h.
i.

too fast
vocabulary / language
students might not be intereste...
4.

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
4. Some solutions
a. too fast
i. slow the text down
ii. put longer spaces to give students
extra processing time
iii. pres...
4. Some solutions
b. vocabulary / language
i. pre/while/post-listening activities
ii.grade and record the text yourself

w...
4. Some solutions
c. students not interested
i.make them interested 
ii.ask them what areas of news they want
iii.persona...
iii. personalise the news
f. invent the headline news
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•

The talking bus stop
Ten thousand pairs of jeans go...
4. Some solutions
c. students not interested
i.make them interested 
ii.ask them what areas of news they want
iii.persona...
4. Some solutions
d. topics too complicated

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
4. Some solutions
e. insufficient background knowledge

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
4. Some solutions
f. easy to lose the plot

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
4. Some solutions
g. multiple accents

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
4. Some solutions
h. repeated playings
“Practice makes perfect: the more they will listen, the easier for them
to understa...
4. Some solutions
i. use www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
4.

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
1,810 lessons

(as of Dec 16, 2013)

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
Every 2 days

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
7 levels

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
26 page PDF with 40 all-skills activities

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
2-page mini-lesson PDF

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
multi-speed scrolled reading

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5-speed listening
“Slowest is 10%
slower than “Slower”
“Slower” is 10%
slower than “Medium
...
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5-speed listening

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
25+ online activities

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
Dictation

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
Spelling

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
20 Questions

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
Reassemble the text

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
Grammar cloze

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
Articles cloze

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
Prepositions cloze

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
Sentence jumble

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
Whole-text reconstruction

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
Choose the correct word

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
Quiz

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
Initials only

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
Vowels only

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
Insert the spaces

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
40 all-skills activities

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
Listen for the missing word(s)

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
Quiz

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
Fill in the gaps

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
Comprehension questions

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
Vocabulary multiple choice

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
Text jumble

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
Sentence jumble

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
Choose the correct word

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
Separate the words

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
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1810 lessons (16 Dec, 2013)
Every 2 days
7 graded levels (elementary...
My websites
http://www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
http://www.ESLDiscussions.com
http://www.ESLHolidayLessons.com
http://www.F...
www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
http://vocaroo.com/
http://audioboo.fm/

Record, upload, comment

http://audacity.sourceforge....
The BreakingNewsEnglish.com Rap

The Jade Rabbit Rap

Hello folks from all over the place
Hi to Sylvia, Nellie and Jase
Yo...
THANK YOU
FOR
LISTENING

www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
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  1. 1. Listening to the News Sean Banville www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com (+10 other websites)
  2. 2. Listening to the News 1. Proof that news is great / important / a must … 2. Why news is great for students (and teachers) 3. Problems students can have with listening to news 4. Some solutions 5. Many ideas for listening 6. Wrap-up www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  3. 3. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  4. 4. 1. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  5. 5. 1. Google search (26/11/2013) for: news English business love movies s_x Barack Obama money present perfect rap grammar vocabulary ESL 2,950,000,000 2,410,000,000 1,660,000,000 1,390,000,000 878,000,000 692,000,000 645,000,000 619,000,000 277,000,000 156,000,000 40,700,000 26,900,000 16,700,000 www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  6. 6. 1. “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.” www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  7. 7. 1. “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, M.E. & and Laughlin M.A. ( 2000) Teaching current events: its status in social studies today (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 440899) www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  8. 8. 1. Collocations: Everything in life! International regional local world national good bad sad bad tragic terrible happy awesome incredible welcome brilliant crime business sports traffic travel Hollywood weird personal college school funny breaking old emerging headline latest gardening stamp-collecting jogging food celebrity science technology health IT Middle East financial property fashion my your his her their our today’s… www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  9. 9. 1. Emotionally involved… Motivationally involved. interest disturbing pride anger pessimism optimism hope doom dread belief inspiration trepidation inquisitiveness hunger passion thirst for knowledge belonging satisfaction arousal wonder fire energy rage fury suffering empathy caring delight xenophobia outrage ambition confidence desperation wonder fear anticipation dismay awe prejudice hurt elation sadness euphoria misery… www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  10. 10. 1. Sources: Everywhere in life www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  11. 11. 1. Sources: Everywhere in life Listening materials television, radio, the Internet, Google News, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, newspapers, giant TV screens at train stations and airports, coffee shops, airplanes, outside hotel room doors, overheard conversations at bus stops, family and friends, colleagues, students, on smart phones and tablets, and smart watches and Google Glass…… www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  12. 12. 2. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  13. 13. 2. Why is news good for our students? a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h. i. relevance / authenticity magnitude and impact informational and educational value schemata from L1 (pre & post) continuity (chances for follow-up) emotional and intellectual interest encourages conversation the “prestige” factor critical thinking / problem solving www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  14. 14. 2. Why is news good for our students? d. schemata from L1 © 2013 http://www.asahi.com/articles/TKY201312100338.html?ref=reca www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  15. 15. 2. Why is news good for our students? d. schemata from L1 www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  16. 16. 2. Why is news good for our students? e. continuity (chances for follow-up) A major road-safety campaign is under way… There was a major road-safety campaign in the UK… www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  17. 17. 2. Why is news good for our students? e. continuity (chances for follow-up) The charity Brake is also calling for motorists to… The charity Brake called for motorists to … www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  18. 18. 3. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  19. 19. 3. Problems with listening to news a. b. d. e. f. g. h. i. too fast vocabulary / language students might not be interested topics (not language) too complex insufficient background knowledge easy to lose the plot multiple accents no script / difficult headlines / noise www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  20. 20. 4. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  21. 21. 4. Some solutions a. too fast i. slow the text down ii. put longer spaces to give students extra processing time iii. press pause www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  22. 22. 4. Some solutions b. vocabulary / language i. pre/while/post-listening activities ii.grade and record the text yourself www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  23. 23. 4. Some solutions c. students not interested i.make them interested  ii.ask them what areas of news they want iii.personalise the news www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  24. 24. iii. personalise the news f. invent the headline news • • • • • • • • The talking bus stop Ten thousand pairs of jeans go missing in Russian town Lions and zebras become good friends in Kenya It’s raining pens and pencils in Chile The remote control baby Marriage proposals increase 300% in Brazilian city The world’s computers’ space bars suddenly break Harry Potter School of Magic opens at [name of your town] www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  25. 25. 4. Some solutions c. students not interested i.make them interested  ii.ask them what areas of news they want iii.personalise the news iv.rap the news www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  26. 26. 4. Some solutions d. topics too complicated www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  27. 27. 4. Some solutions e. insufficient background knowledge www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  28. 28. 4. Some solutions f. easy to lose the plot www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  29. 29. 4. Some solutions g. multiple accents www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  30. 30. 4. Some solutions h. repeated playings “Practice makes perfect: the more they will listen, the easier for them to understand the general context ...” (Fakhreddine) www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  31. 31. 4. Some solutions i. use www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  32. 32. 4. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  33. 33. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com 1,810 lessons (as of Dec 16, 2013) www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  34. 34. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com Every 2 days www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  35. 35. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com 7 levels www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  36. 36. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com 26 page PDF with 40 all-skills activities www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  37. 37. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com 2-page mini-lesson PDF www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  38. 38. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com multi-speed scrolled reading www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  39. 39. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com 5-speed listening “Slowest is 10% slower than “Slower” “Slower” is 10% slower than “Medium “Medium” is 10% slower than “Faster” “Faster” is 10% slower than …. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  40. 40. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com 5-speed listening www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  41. 41. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com 25+ online activities www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  42. 42. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com Dictation www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  43. 43. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com Spelling www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  44. 44. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com 20 Questions www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  45. 45. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com Reassemble the text www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  46. 46. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com Grammar cloze www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  47. 47. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com Articles cloze www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  48. 48. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com Prepositions cloze www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  49. 49. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com Sentence jumble www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  50. 50. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com Whole-text reconstruction www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  51. 51. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com Choose the correct word www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  52. 52. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com Quiz www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  53. 53. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com Initials only www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  54. 54. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com Vowels only www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  55. 55. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com Insert the spaces www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  56. 56. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com 40 all-skills activities www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  57. 57. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com Listen for the missing word(s) www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  58. 58. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com Quiz www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  59. 59. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com Fill in the gaps www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  60. 60. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com Comprehension questions www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  61. 61. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com Vocabulary multiple choice www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  62. 62. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com Text jumble www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  63. 63. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com Sentence jumble www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  64. 64. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com Choose the correct word www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  65. 65. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com Separate the words www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  66. 66. 5. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com • • • • • • • • • • • 1810 lessons (16 Dec, 2013) Every 2 days 7 graded levels (elementary to upper int) 5-speed listening British / North-American English 4-speed scrolled reading 26-page, 40-activity handout 2-page printable mini-lesson 25+ online activities Very interesting, up-to-date topics FREE www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  67. 67. My websites http://www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com http://www.ESLDiscussions.com http://www.ESLHolidayLessons.com http://www.FamousPeopleLessons.com http://www.ListenAMinute.com http://www.BusinessEnglishMaterials.com http://www.LessonsOnAmericanPresidents.com http://www.LessonsOnMovies.com http://www.FreeESLMaterials.com http://www.NewsEnglishLessons.com https://www.facebook.com/SeanBanville https://twitter.com/SeanBanville http://seanbanville.com How it all started (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) ( http://seanbanville.com/2009/12/05/life-savings-bright-ideas-and-milk/ )
  68. 68. www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com http://vocaroo.com/ http://audioboo.fm/ Record, upload, comment http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ Talking to Yourself in English: an Alternative Approach to E.F.L. Chris Sion www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com
  69. 69. The BreakingNewsEnglish.com Rap The Jade Rabbit Rap Hello folks from all over the place Hi to Sylvia, Nellie and Jase You may know my name but just in case This is Seany Sean from cyberspace China has deployed its lunar rover Doing a class for WizIQ Coming from Japan to talk to you The name of the rover is the Jade Rabbit My class is called Listening to the News I hope to hear your thoughts and views Of exploring space for mankind On how to teach using current events And how to motivate students What ‘ll they find, we must wait and see And you know what that means, the space race ain’t over Right now it’s on the surface of the moon And for China’s scientists that’s quite a boon And China’s gonna make a habit Just to see what they can find This is the moon reporter from the BBC I’ll look at why news is a must And show you my site, a site you can trust  There’s discussion and spelling and dictation And online quizzes for education There are easy-to-use activities In 7 levels for you to use with ease We’ll look at news and many a thing Like multi-level speed reading And spelling and writing and of course speaking But the number one aim is listening I’m so glad you came, you can say that you heard BreakingNewsEnglish with the WORD © 2013 Seany Sean
  70. 70. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING  www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com

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