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.
As we all know, the stress of school can take its toll. Students in Germany are suffering from a range of ailments as a result, from headaches to insomnia.
The online German newspaper www.zeit.de has published an article looking at the impact of school stress on teenagers' health. The use of alcohol, cannabis and energy drinks as well as the importance of breakfast is also considered.
We've created a differentiated reading worksheet to accompany the article, with answers provided.
The Spanish website, www.muyinteresante.es, has put together this interactive test to see just how much you really know about healthy food. The format of short questions and responses makes this an accessible quiz for students to do individually, in pairs or as a class.
Find the quiz here.
There are lots of interesting, authentic resources for the healthy living topic on the Spanish site www.familiaysalud.es (thanks to @icpjones on Twitter for mentioning this source).
You could use the audio recording on the 10 commandments of healthy eating page and ask sudents to jot down the key ideas for each of the 10 recommendations.
Then download the pdf of the poster which accompanies this for students to check their answers, find key vocabulary or translate the advice.
Plenty of inspiration for students to come up with a similar list for healthy living or exercise or to lead to a speaking task about which of these bits of advice they already/should put into practice.
This article about the healthiest country in Europe is from www.muyinteresante.es and could tie in to the topic of healthy living. Spain may have problems to face, but at least the Spanish have the highest life expectancy in Europe!
Write the title question on the board (¿Cuál es el país más sano para vivir en Europa?), and invite students to give as many suggestions in Spanish as they can.
Next, write the Spanish for Canada, Australia, Italy, Spain, France and Sweden around the board and ask students to work with a partner to note these in order of healthiness, with the healthiest country at the top of the list.
Project the answers from the bottom of the article (numbered from 1-6) for them to compare with their lists.
Can students work out the difference between the two ages cited, i.e. average healthy life span vs. total life expectancy?
Ask them to suggest why Spain came at the top of the list. Then scroll up to the third paragraph of the article and see if students can pick out the factors mentioned (a healthy Mediterranean diet, a warm climate, more likely to go for walks).