Use It To Teach English And Become Informed About Relevant  News VOANews.com
What Can You Teach Using VOA News? <ul><li>Reading –Read short stories written especially for ESL students </li></ul><ul><...
How to Get There? <ul><li>Go to  http://www.voanews.com/   </li></ul><ul><li>Click on “English Learning” </li></ul><ul><li...
<ul><li>This is one example use of VOA News. From  http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/index.cfm   </li></ul><ul><li>Und...
Example 1 <ul><li>Review the text. Notice the bolded words. These are words your student would want to know </li></ul><ul>...
Example 2 <ul><li>Listen to the story. Click on the “listen to” or “download (MP3) </li></ul><ul><li>There are numerous le...
Example 3 <ul><li>We haven’t even begun to exhaust the opportunities of this site. Here is one more idea. Email your stude...
Example 4 <ul><li>Use VOANews to research a topic based on a subject. Go to the search icon (the magnifying glass) or clic...
Miscellaneous (But good!) <ul><li>So you like the audio portion, but want it spoken faster (or slower?). </li></ul><ul><li...
<ul><li>Web –You may have seen these sites before. If not, check them out: </li></ul><ul><li>General: </li></ul><ul><li>ht...
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  1. 1. Use It To Teach English And Become Informed About Relevant News VOANews.com
  2. 2. What Can You Teach Using VOA News? <ul><li>Reading –Read short stories written especially for ESL students </li></ul><ul><li>Listening -Hear information at an optimal speed </li></ul><ul><li>Speaking –Practice pronunciation by speaking along with/after the VOA audio </li></ul><ul><li>Writing –These stories make a great basis for writing assignments due to their selected vocabulary, length, and writing style </li></ul><ul><li>Vocabulary –Increase it efficiently. See the VOA Special English word book </li></ul>
  3. 3. How to Get There? <ul><li>Go to http://www.voanews.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Click on “English Learning” </li></ul><ul><li>OMG! Take a few minutes and review this info packed page that contains so much useful information. (The stories are very informative for everyone ) </li></ul><ul><li>Any questions/comments before we go onto an example use of this site? </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>This is one example use of VOA News. From http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/index.cfm </li></ul><ul><li>Underneath “Find a Story” click on the link “By Subject” </li></ul><ul><li>Among the stories they list a/o 6/5/09 is one called “Computer Terms: Have You Googled Someone Lately?” (at http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/2009-04-18-voa2.cfm ) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Example 1 <ul><li>Review the text. Notice the bolded words. These are words your student would want to know </li></ul><ul><li>Notice the many teaching opportunities: A variety of verb tenses, and word usage e.g. “Using a computer takes some training.” (That is a different use of the word “take” here “take” means “requires”.) What other useful words/phrasings can you note? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Example 2 <ul><li>Listen to the story. Click on the “listen to” or “download (MP3) </li></ul><ul><li>There are numerous learning opportunities including: </li></ul><ul><li>-Listen without looking at the words </li></ul><ul><li>-Listen and speak </li></ul><ul><li>-Read </li></ul><ul><li>-Listen and Read </li></ul><ul><li>-Listen, Read, and Speak (Develops pronunciation skills.) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Example 3 <ul><li>We haven’t even begun to exhaust the opportunities of this site. Here is one more idea. Email your students the audio file to a VOA story. Do not let them see the written transcript. Assign them a writing task and discuss the story in class. At the end of the class you can let them see the transcript, then discuss any misunderstandings or words/phrases that were incomprehensible. </li></ul><ul><li>Comments? Questions? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Example 4 <ul><li>Use VOANews to research a topic based on a subject. Go to the search icon (the magnifying glass) or click: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/search.cfm </li></ul><ul><li>Enter the topic you are interested in and search for “Articles (older 30 days)” </li></ul><ul><li>Search for the word “fish” and notice the many interesting articles returned. Some of these articles will make great lessons for your student –and you. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Miscellaneous (But good!) <ul><li>So you like the audio portion, but want it spoken faster (or slower?). </li></ul><ul><li>Go to: </li></ul><ul><li>http://text-to-speech.imtranslator.net/speech.asp </li></ul><ul><li>Change the “Speed” that the text is spoken. (You can also change the voice type male-female/nationality of the spoken voice. ( We won’t even mention you can have your 中文 or other languages correctly spoken from written text .) </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Web –You may have seen these sites before. If not, check them out: </li></ul><ul><li>General: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.englishlanguageguide.com/english / </li></ul><ul><li>http://esl.about.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.voanews.com/specialenglish/index.cfm </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.voanews.com/specialenglish/search.cfm </li></ul><ul><li>Listening: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.multimedia-english.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Grammar: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises_list/alle_grammar.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Pronunciation: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics /# </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.esl-online.net/probook1view.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>http://iteslj.org/links/ESL/Survival_English/ </li></ul><ul><li>On line dictionaries: </li></ul><ul><li>http://exploreourpla.net/languages/english/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ldoceonline.com/ </li></ul>

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