Behind The News

The ABC "introduces students to the world of news." As it's an ABC production it's very very good.

5 news stories each week, most with some activities to enhance the video. The news stories

reach back to 2005 & are in the main for the advanced learner.



NEWS IN 7 LEVELS---"The lessons are free.There is a new lesson every three days.All lessons are based on stories currently in the news -
as the world's news breaks, teach it.All lessons are also downloadable PDF format.There are 8 online quizzes for each lesson.Listening files can be
downloaded in mp3 format or subscribed to via a podcast.Classroom handouts are readily reproducible.There is a graded listening with each lesson."
Intermediate plus.

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English Current

English Current ESL Lesson Plans, Tests, & Ideas  


study our free English lesson plans online.

Choose a news lesson plan that suits your level -- intermediate, upper-intermediate, or advanced -- and then do the comprehension questions,

vocabulary and idiom building activities.


download and use our free news-based lesson plans in your classes. Each lesson plan is designed for a one hour conversation class.

See the For Teachers section for detailed information on using the lesson plans."

 Listen To News

"Regular listening practice based on the weekly news, with:

  • pre-reading vocab
  • reading
  • gap-fill exercise
  • comprehension quiz
  • answers

Each Tuesday EnglishClub publishes a short audio news report in easy English from the previous week.

With this resource you can practise your listening, reading, writing and even speaking.

  1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
  2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
  3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
  4. Use the discussion question to write an essay or discuss the story with other students.
  5. Pretend to be a news anchor by reading each story out loud.

Study the news story each week and watch your English skills grow! Click "show Answers" to view the full text of the story and check the answers."


News English Lessons

---a typical news story contains the following activities in PDF format: PHRASE MATCH    LISTENING GAP FILL
(Write your own questions)    WRITING    HOMEWORK.
Online~~~Listen to the MP3,  Play the online quiz , Online gap fill,  The giant gap fill ,
Online definition activity ,Do an online crossword  Play hangman , Vocabulary flash cards , Word matching exercise
Too many ads, a bit overbusy, but all this terrific content...

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 Tiny Texts
---weekly news articles about odd & unusual news items: listen, read & complete a cloze exercise;
very good presentation for intermediate level.