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
12th September 2014


Proverbs | Accidents | Dogs | Reading | Listening | GCSE

A quick reading activity about an injured dog who learned how to bounce though doors on its back legs as a result! Save the 15 second video showing the dog in action as a reward for your students' efforts at reading.

Teaching ideas

  • As a starter, give the class the German proverb mentioned in this article to translate and explain: Wenn das Leben dir Zitronen gibt, mach Limonade daraus.
  • Ask them to focus on the third paragraph of the article only (Die Vorgeschichte ist traurigand pick out familiar words. Can they work out what the article is about?
  • Show the video clip to see if their understanding was correct.


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