ESL News Articles: Some of the Best Resources for you Classes

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ESL News Articles: Stop Wasting your Time Searching Everywhere!

I’m all about using news articles in my classes instead of readings from the textbook. The stuff from the textbook is often dry, and it’s certainly not related to the things happening around the world.

But the problem with news articles is that they’re often too difficult, even for intermediate students. And that’s where ESL News Articles come in. They usually take the real newspaper articles, grade the language into different levels and the result is something you can easily use in your classes.

Here are a few of my go-to sites for ESL news articles:

Breaking News English

This should be your first stop for ESL news articles. It’s an extremely comprehensive site with a ton of material on it. You could probably use Breaking News English solely for the rest of your teaching life in fact. My favourite thing is that there are different levels to each article, making it really easy to use the same lesson for different classes.

News in Levels

This website is kind of the much simpler version of Breaking News English. I sometimes find Breaking News English is a vortex that ends up sucking up way too much of my time. If you are in a time crunch and need something in a pinch, this site is probably a better choice.

VOA Learning English

This is a nice looking site with a ton of media, including some sweet videos. It’s great to send learners to for some extra practice outside of class. And there’s also lots of stuff you can use in your classes as well. It is USA focused so keep that in mind when using or recommending it.

British Council-Teens + British Council-Adults

The British Council does some great work in putting out excellent resources for ESL and EFL students. Thank you! The site is very useful but they often don’t have the most up to date ESL News Articles. But, they’re still worth a look.

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English Listening Rocks

A new site from Rob Whyte, a friend of mine from Korea and a Lonely Planet author! It’s really user friendly and has lots of interesting ESL news articles in different levels. Check it out.

What’s Your Go-To Source?

Do you have a favourite site for news articles for your English conversation classes? Leave a comment below and share it with the world!


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