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.


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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.

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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!

Current Events: Social Media Use Leads to Social Isolation

Hey all! Here’s my current events lesson plan for this week! It’s based off of this article from NPR, and I thought it was an incredibly interesting and thought-provoking topic. I know that my students are constantly on social media (even when we’re in class…grrr), so this is a worthwhile topic for students to contemplate. This lesson is best suited for intermediate or advanced students – it’s not a long article, but some of the vocabulary is difficult (even after editing it for readability).

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Current Events Round-Up: The Oscars

Sorry all! I’m a bit behind on current events this week – it’s almost midterms in my department and I’m in charge of a few different projects, and basically it’s been a little crazy!

One of the biggest events this past week was the Oscars, so here are a few articles related to the Oscars. Most of these articles are a little on the long side, so be wary if you teach lower level students!

Happy Friday to everyone!