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British Council English Teachers Guide

British Council English Teachers Guide

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The Internet has certainly revolutionised the access all teachers and

assistants have to a wealth of texts around the English-speaking world. The

example used in this chapter is from a teen magazine but it is only one text

type of many. For example, a traveller’s tale with an element of adventure

or amusing outcome can stimulate discussion. True but unusual tales about

people and their everyday lives can be thought-provoking. Some sources of

texts are listed below:

The international press(also readily available on-line). The young people’s

versions are a good source for content and also length, e.g. Time for Kids,

the Electronic Telegraph.

Teen publications and magazines(including those on-line) cover issues

and also events in the cultural calendar of teenagers around the world.

Look out for topics that relate to a season, e.g. Christmas, end of year

exams, high school proms, summer holidays or the latest crazes or

fashions that interest your students.

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On-line debates and discussion groupsfor young people can provide a

selection of e-mailed opinions, often in response to a short news item of

relevance to young people. Similar vox-pop style reports are always in the

popular press, women’s magazines and publications for young people.

Language-learning magazinessuch as those published by MGP

International.

Tip:If you find a relevant text, but it is too demanding linguistically,

modify it to suit the level of the class.

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