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
16th April 2015


Spanish | Reading | Translation

The homepage of the Spanish magazine site has a slider of eight or nine news headlines with pictures, which are regularly updated. These are ideal for a quick translation activity for KS4-5 as a way to make authentic news very accessible. Check before the lesson that the themes of the news items are suitable for your students before projecting them!

Teaching ideas

  • Divide students into teams.
  • Project the first headline and freeze your projector.
  • Teams must discuss the best translation for the headline.
  • When everyone in the group is confident they could give a translation, the team should stand up.
  • The teacher picks any individual from the team to give the answer. No conferring at this stage!
  • If the individual makes a mistake, everyone sits down until another team is ready to stand and translate.
  • Award points and project the next suitable headline.
  • KS3 or lower ability students could race to give the gist of what the article is about.

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