If you want authentic materials for your lesson but don’t have time to search the net, here’s something for you. Topical, engaging news articles and video clips with suggested teaching ideas.
German figure skaters win gold at the Olympic Winter Games
With the Olympics in full swing, you could use this article about a German medal win for either reading or listening practice. The text can be copied or projected and the audio can be downloaded or played from the site www.nachrichtenleicht.de.
You may wish to copy the following questions for use as either listening or reading comprehension (answers provided below).
© Luu (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Los jugadores de rugby que se entrenan con clases de ballet
Bust some gender stereotypes with this short item from www.bbc.com/mundo about the Wigan Warrior rugby team getting stuck in to ballet classes. The whole article is just five sentences long, making this very accessible to younger learners. It comes with a short video clip, which is in English but with Spanish subtitles.
You could try projecting the headline on its own to see how much students can understand. Challenge them to read the rest of the article, and look for cognates. Share these in the class, then ask them to look up three to five new words from the text. How much can they translate as a group?
Show the 1 minute video clip as a reward – or as an extension task for those who want to translate some subtitles!
Having broadcast his new year message in the traditional way on TV, the French president Emmanuel Macron also posted a shorter version on Twitter and Facebook. This version is just over one minute long, with French subtitles making it more accessible for language learners, so why not use this clip at the start of the January term?
You could ask students to summarise his key messages, make a list of all the words they recognise or note some words that they would like to look up. What do they think of his approach? Would they like to see a similar broadcast from Theresa May?
©Gouvernement français [CC BY-SA 3.0 fr (creativecommons.org/licenses/
Apparently Spanish lottery adverts are as eagerly awaited as the John Lewis Christmas campaigns in the UK. Perhaps this is not surprising as this year's full-length 'anuncio de la lotería' was directed by one of Spain's most famous film directors, Alejandro Amenábar, and runs for nearly 20 minutes!
We've just published a worksheet to accompany the two shorter versions of the adverts (3 mins, 30 secs), which would work well as a December lesson for able key stage 4 or key stage 5 students. It comes with comprehension activities, answers and suggested extension tasks.
We published a similar resource last year, so you could introduce both adverts and invite students to compare them or explain which is their favourite.