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.
If you are studying the topic of technology, your students will love Soprano's double-edged love song to his smart phone: 'Mon précieux'.
Six German teenagers, aged from 14 to 17, give their opinions on everything from politics and discrimination to family relationships and technology in this youth survey from Spiegel Online. Scroll to the end of the article to click on the photo of each teen and find out their views.
Tap into the Pokémon Go craze with this article from Géo Ado about both the appeal and the dangers.
Start by asking students to work in groups against the clock to find all the cognates in the first paragraph of the article, e.g. énorme, succès, improbable etc. Groups can compete to find the most words similar to English in the time and then share these as a class.
Set the timer again with a challenge to find the meanings for the most new words from the first paragraph. Again, these can be shared.
Allocate one sentence to each group for them to translate into English. They can then share these with the class by writing them up on a mini whiteboard. Other groups might offer suggestions on how to improve the translations or make them sound more natural by passing the whiteboards around.
How many times do you check your phone every day? Do you panic if you don't have your phone to hand? You might just be suffering from nomophobia!
AS or A level students might just relate to this article about addiction to mobile phones from the site www.abc.es: Así puedes quitarte tu adicción al móvil.
Start by asking students to estimate how many times they check their phone every day. What do they think the average might be for this? Reveal the answer (150 times a day) and discuss!
Read the introductory two paragraphs to the article as a class and then give each student or pair one of the remaining five paragrahs to read and summarise.