The 8 Best Audio/Video News and Current Affairs Websites to Learn English.

I’m currently really tied up with checking exams, so I’m going to make the introduction to this blog post really brief.  I’m sure you have enough on your plate, too. June is usually a hectic month for almost everybody, isn’t it?

So, how do you keep up with the latest news? Or maybe, are you one of those who, sick and tired of reading bad news, have decided to completely isolate yourself from the world? I wouldn’t blame you!

If you are one of those, I kindly suggest you make an exception for the sake of learning and improving your English. You won’t regret it! Reading is one of the best ways of acquiring vocabulary and learning grammar without studying.If you read and listen to one article every day, or two if you feel overzealous, your reading and listening skills will improve very quickly. Trust me on this!

This is my selection of the best audio/video news and current affairs websites to learn English.

I have looked at the following features in all the websites:

  • If the news is written in levels
  • If the same news is written/read at different levels
  • If it is audio news or video news
  • If the transcript is provided
  • If the site provides a ready-to-use lesson plan for the news
  • Any other relevant additional content

The image below is interactive. Click on the icon and read what each website has to offer.

How else can I use these sites in the classroom?
• Choose one news website from above and ask students, as homework, to read a piece of news they find interesting. Ask them to read the news several times until they feel confident they can retell it. In the next class, ask students to work in threes and share their news.

• The news. Same procedure as above but this time, at home, students will need to rewrite the piece of news in their own words. In class, and again working in threes, students will be asked to assume the role of newsreaders and present the news to the rest of the class.

The interactive image has been created with Genial.ly,a free online tool for creating visual interactive content.

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20 thoughts on “The 8 Best Audio/Video News and Current Affairs Websites to Learn English.

  1. Hi Montse,
    Thanks for commenting. I’m very happy you find the blog useful.
    All the best,

  2. Your lesson plan is really amazing. It can make the complicated materials become easy to understand. Thank you for your great work.

  3. Todas las ideas son geniales. Haces un trabajo excelente, Cristina. Debe llevarte muchisimo tiempo hacer lo que haces. Todo demuestra dedicacion y vocacion. Es admirable.
    Muchas gracias por tanta ayuda en tantas facetas de la enseñanza del inglés.

  4. Hi Cristina
    Yes, it takes a while, but I also have a lot of fun. And as the saying goes “sarna con gusto no pica”.
    I see you’re a colleague from EOI Santander. Nice of you to drop by!
    Best

  5. Thank you very much indeed for your impressive work. It’s been a great pleasure having bumped into you and found your incredibly good set of activities . Keep up with your extraordinary work.
    Congratulations!!!

  6. Many thanks Cristina for sharing all this excellent material…. a wealth of information, ideas & inspiration. Brilliant for both teachers & students.

  7. Hi Norma
    Thanks for commenting and for your kind words. I’m very happy you find the blog useful.

  8. Hi Jose Luis
    That’s very kind of you. Thank you for your encouraging words and for taking the time to comment.

  9. sharing is blessing. As you did.
    Is it possible that you make an online group and allow the participants to interact with you one hour daily , or 3 days a week.

  10. Thank you for your interest, sho, but the truth is that I work full time and don’t have time to properly lead an online group.

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