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 Round-Up: Travel Ban

As an ESL instructor in the US, I work with students from a wide variety of languages and backgrounds, and it’s been an incredibly depressing weekend as far as tolerance and inclusivity go. I’m sure everyone in the US has heard about the Muslim/Middle East travel ban and the resulting protests at airports around the country. This is a really worthwhile topic to cover with your students, especially if you’re in the US and you have students who are affected by this and afraid to travel. This is also a good time to introduce the idea of the US Constitution, since the word ‘constitutional’ comes up in these articles quite a bit. I’ve compiled a list of articles from the past weekend that are accessible to students from low-intermediate to academic ESL students.


 


The Lesson: This lesson is based on an article similar to the last one on the list about MoMA changing some of their famous paintings to ones from artists that are from the countries affected by the travel ban. The article is not very long, but some of the vocabulary is difficult so it would work best for high-intermediate to academic students. This lesson includes pre-reading discussion questions, an active reading annotating activity, vocabulary in context, post-reading questions, and a research/extension activity at the end.

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Current Events Round-Up: The Women’s March

I think the most dominant news story over this past weekend, even more popular than the Inauguration, was the Women’s March in Washington DC and other cities around the world. So I rounded up a collection of articles about the Women’s March, and they range in difficulty from low-intermediate to academic.

Since today is my first teaching day of the semester, I didn’t have much time to put together a lesson plan for this current events round-up. However, I think you’ll have plenty of material to use if you want to cover the Women’s March in class!

Happy Monday!

Current Events Round-Up: The Inauguration

Hey all! We’re coming up on the Inauguration (this Friday, right?) so I thought I’d throw together some links to articles related to the Inauguration. Also, I know that yesterday was MLK day which seems like it would make a great current events lesson, but I know there are already several ESL lessons about MLK out there, so I thought I’d pick something different!

As usual, the articles range in difficulty from low-intermediate to academic. The Inauguration is a topic that might require a lot of background info and cultural explanation, so make sure you include extra time in your lesson for discussion!

 


 

The Lesson Plan: This plan is based on the first article above…I wanted to choose an unbiased article examining the transition of leadership so that students with all views can discuss the Inauguration. This lesson plan includes pre-reading discussion questions, an active reading summary activity, vocabulary synonyms, and post-reading short answer questions.

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