Current Events: Skiing on Mars

Hello everyone! I hope you had a lovely spring break (if you get one)! I was hoping to come back to sunshine and warm weather after spring break, but so far it’s just been rain and snow. Oh well! This week’s current events lesson plan is centered on snow/weather, so I hope you enjoy!

This week’s article is very short, and has a limited vocabulary. It is best for an elementary or low-intermediate ESL reading class. Like most of my lessons, this is prepared specifically for a college-level ESL reading class in the US, but it can easily be adapted to many other situations! It’s free to download – just click on the link below to download the lesson from Gumroad. Enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment if you use this lesson in class!


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Current Events: Mail by Mule

Have you ever wondered how mail is delivered to people who live in remote or inaccessible locations? Check out this article about mail, mules, and the Grand Canyon to find out more!

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This lesson plan is specifically written for a college level, intermediate reading class, but can be adapted for many other uses!


This isn’t actually a current article…it dates from 2016, but Smithsonian Museums posted the article on their Twitter today, and I loved the content! I think this is a fun read, and I learned something new about how mail is delivered in the US!

Current Events Round-Up: The Olympics

I love when the Olympics roll around! It’s so much fun to watch all the athletes compete, and I love hearing about sportsmanship and determination. Below are a list of articles and stories that you can use in your ESL classroom if you want to discuss the Olympics! I’ve been talking about it all week with my students, and they are very interested!

There are so many fun things to do with the Olympics in an ESL class. I asked my communication class to discuss which Olympic sports they don’t know anything about, and then had them do some quick research and explain to the class what the rules of the sport are, and how you play it. This was extremely entertaining, and we’re still not quite sure about how curling is played and won!

Most of these stories are appropriate for low-intermediate through advanced ESL classes. For some, you may need to edit for vocabulary if you’d like to use it in the classroom.


Current Events: Active Volcano in the Philippines

There is currently an active volcano in the Philippines that might possibly erupt. What are people doing to stay safe? What are the dangers of living near a volcano? Read through this article and worksheet to learn more about this situation.

Edit: I wrote this article yesterday, when the volcano was threatening to erupt, but it looks like it has erupted after all. Check out an update here from NPR.


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Current Events: False Ballistic Missile Warning Shakes Hawaii

This past week, all people living in Hawaii were sent a notification on their phone and through the news. This notification said that there was an incoming missile, and that all Hawaiians should look for shelter. There was actually no missile, so why was this notification sent? How did the people of Hawaii react? Read through this lesson plan and article to learn more about this event!

This lesson is best suited for a college-level intermediate ESL reading class. Depending on your class, this lesson runs about 30 minutes.


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Current Events: Oprah for President 2020?

After receiving a prestigious award at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, many Americans are calling for Oprah to run for president in 2020. Is this a good idea, or not?

This lesson features an article from CNN edited for ESL learners, with some pre-reading questions, vocabulary preview, an active reading activity, vocabulary follow-up, post-reading questions, and a long answer question.

This lesson is best suited for a college-level intermediate ESL reading class. Depending on your class, this lesson runs about 30 minutes.

The lesson is free, so when you click the link, just make sure to type ‘0’ in the price box.


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Current Events: California Fires Leave Many Homeless

I’ve written a current events lesson based on the fires that are currently wreaking havoc across California. I’m hoping that through this lesson, students gain more awareness of natural disasters in the US and around the world, and figure out how they can help people in need.

This is definitely a lesson for more advanced students – the article is from the New York Times and has not been edited at all. The reading is long (about three pages), and features some advanced, academic vocabulary.

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Current Events Round-Up: Friday the 13th

Want to read about Friday the 13th in your ESL class today? Here are some links to a few different news stories about Friday the 13th. Reading/talking about Friday the 13th is a really fun way to discuss superstitions across cultures with your students. Whenever I bring up this topic in my class, my students are very eager to share their favorite superstitions!

If you want to listen to some spooky music while talking about Friday the 13th, check out NPR’s Superstitious Playlist!


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Current Events: National Coming Out Day

Today, October 11th, is National Coming Out Day in the US. I’ve written up a quick current events lesson plan on what National Coming Out Day is, and why it’s important for LGBTQ people in the United States. This activity includes pre-reading questions, an active reading activity, some vocabulary words, and post-reading questions.

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Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day to all my fellow female ESL teachers out there! Below you’ll find a few news articles related to International Women’s Day. I hope you are able to use them in your ESL reading classes to begin an important discussion about gender and equality!

If you have a wonderful woman in your life, make sure to thank her today for all of the hard work (visible and invisible) that she does every day!