Lesson Plan Theme: News and Politics

On this page, you will find lessons plans relating to "News and Politics".


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The Man Who Wants To Change The World

Target Language: Reading about a new politician, verb patterns, subject and object.
Description: Students learn to combine verbs using the gerund and infinitive forms. The subject of the reading is a local politician trying to improve his world. The lesson ends with a fun tic-tac-toe game to re-enforce the lesson's learning.
Duration: 65 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 0R2


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Desperate Measures

Target Language: Reported and direct speech differences.
Description: The lesson begins by asking students what they would do if they found themselves in a variety of difficult circumstances. A short reading introduces the theme of illegal immigration and employment. The grammar focus is on the time shifts of reported speech. The lesson closes with a card-based game to practice reported/direct speech differences.
Duration: 65 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3G15
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Here Is The News

Target Language: Present Perfect to introduce news.
Description: A news bulletin listening which focuses on using the present perfect tense to talk about recent events and a couple of exercises to consolidate.
Duration: 80 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3L8
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Democracy In Action

Target Language: Politics vocabulary.
Description: Student talk about politics in general and in their country before listening to a dialogue between a politician and a would-be voter. Some useful vocabulary concerning politics.
Duration: 45 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3L10
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All About Vanuatu

Target Language: Giving & understanding statistical data. History of a country, statistics, fact, etc.
Description: Some work on the phrases used when giving statistics & dates is followed by a listening in which someone talks about the island nation of Vanuatu. This is a good listening lesson for doing work with students on listening for specific information.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3L12
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The News

Target Language: The news on TV, radio and in newspapers. Bias in the news media.
Description: Students choose which news stories they would find interesting. After a "news vocabulary" exercise, the focus moves to bias in the news and two different slants on a single news event.
Duration: 65 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3T2
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Raid On Dawson Industries

Target Language: Writing newspaper article from eyewitness accounts, bias in journalism.
Description: A writing activity based around a raid on an animal laboratory. Your students play the roles of journalists working for different newspapers and magazines - and each publication will present their own side of the story!
Duration: 70 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3W3


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Never Have I Seen

Target Language: Emphasis using inversion, politics and political speeches.
Description: A slightly political feel to this lesson as we focus on inversion as a method of emphasizing. Students identify inversion in excerpts from political speeches, do some practice with them and finally use the same types of structures to write their own political speeches.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4G5
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Read All About It

Target Language: Listening to conversation about local newspapers, why people buy local newspapers.
Description: The subject of this lesson is local newspapers. Students listen to two friends having a discussion about the merits of the local press. Students can then express their own opinions on the subject. Optional "editor" role play possible too.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4L7
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Reading The News

Target Language: Healine vocabulary, reading news headlines.
Description: After discussing where they get their news information from, the lesson focuses on the headline in English and the lexical and grammar differences evident between headline English and standard English.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4R5
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Target Language: Resolution of hypothetical diplomatic situation.
Description: After some initial discussion relating to immigration and economics, they take place in a extensive role play to resolve the economic, educational and social difficulties in three countries.
Duration: 80 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4RP2
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Poor And Poorer

Target Language: Describing photos, vocabulary of poverty/politics.
Description: Students give their opinions at the start of the lesson on a range of topics such as poverty/aid/3rd World development, etc. Short reading extracts are used to teach/revise vocabulary in this topic field. The final part of the lesson pulls all of this together, getting students talking about photographs taken in the developing world.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4S3

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