The News in English is a common course for third-year Education majors in China.
It is an academic ESL course focusing on global issues.
In my classes, I had around 25 - 35 students with an advanced level of English.
For this class, I sent the students one or two articles by email to read before the class, and then we had discussions about the article(s) in class.
The key to this class is having interesting and slightly controversial topics that will engage the students.
See the Downloads section for the Course Outline. Complete lesson plans and news articles are below.
The lessons can and probably should be adapted with current news articles.
Use the Article Notes (provided in the Downloads section of each lesson plan) to get an idea of vocabulary and discussion topics that were used in my course.
If you have a longer semester, you can add articles from Reuters and The Washington Post.
Other names for the course might include Selected Readings from English Newspapers and Magazines, Selected Readings from Newspaper, and Selected Readings from English Press.
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