Topical teaching ideas

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.



by Teachit
21st January 2016


Spanish | Reading | Technology

This article from Muy Interesante outlining the findings of The Happiness Research Institute (yes, apparently it really exists!) would make a good authentic reading task for AS students.

Teaching ideas

You could start by asking students to mindmap ideas in Spanish around the idea of 'la clave de la felicidad'. What makes them happy? What do people need to be happy?

Show them the first paragraph of the article - is not using Facebook something that they would link to happiness?

Ask them to read the rest of the article and find out the following:

  • How many people took part in this research and what did they all have in common?
  • What was the experiment they were asked to take part in?
  • How significant were the results?
  • How does Meik Wiking, the leader of this research, explain the results?

You could then discuss whether students would be prepared to try a similar experiment!

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