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.
This short Paris Match story is about two new entries for the Guinness Book of Records with the world's largest surfboard and the most people on a surfboard. It's just one paragraph long and comes with plenty of pictures, making it more accessible for Key Stage 3 students studying the topic of free time/sport.
42 = the length in feet of the record-breaking surfboard.
11 = the width in feet of the surfboard.
10 = the number of seconds the surfers had to remain upright on the board whilst surfing a wave.
66 = the record-breaking number of people who managed to surf on the board.
This multiple choice quiz is designed to work out which sport best suits you, according to your personality and interests. It would make a good reading task for Spanish AS students starting the topic of sport within the healthy living context. It could also be a good homework or extension task for high-ability GCSE students.
Create a QR code for the page above so that students can quickly find the test on their phones.
Introduce the activity using the text below the picture on the first page of the test. Work through each of the eight questions as a class, with students making their individual responses to each question before moving on to the next. New vocabulary can be translated and noted in the process.
When students have completed the multiple choice questions ask them to copy out and translate the personalised advice given at the end. This can then be shared with a partner or the class. What recommendations were they given about the kind of sport which would suit them? Do they agree or disagree and why?
An authentic article about the opening of the world's biggest roller coaster, which is sure to appeal to KS3 and KS4 students studying the topic of free time. Play the video clip (which appears half-way down the article) as students enter the classroom for guaranteed engagement – it's fairly terrifying!
Copy and print the text for students to read (or create a URL code to enable them to access the article on their iPads, if available).
Give each pair of students five cards, each with one of these numbers on: 4, 105, 170, 200, 2017. Students race to identify the significance of each of the numbers in the text, noting this in English (or Spanish, according to the ability of the group). As they do not need to understand every word, this can be a quick activity which makes an interesting text accessible to them.
Answers (in order of appearance in the text):