Do you read newpaper
6 Nov 06
Yeah.... Times of India Reading such digitalised papers is a great chance to improve their reading skills, enrich the vocabulary, gain some cultural knowledge and be up-to-date with the current situation in the whole world. Also, while comparing articles on the same topic from different countries or different types of newspapers, they might learn how to distinguish different points of view, gain first-hand experience of mass media propaganda and manipulation. As for teachers, electronic newspapers open numerous possibilities both for self development and for enriching the existing coursebook with additional materials. The sites of newspapers, such as for instance Daily Mirror or The Independent, are not abridged or adapted for the learners of English in any way, so especially non-native teachers can find them stimulating in terms of new sophisticated vocabulary, reading comprehension skills and enlarging one's knowledge of the world. Also, such electronic newspapers can be a rich source of materials for classroom use, easier to handle and alter than the traditional written media. Teachers should be careful with the copyright laws. Therefore, all teachers should be strongly encouraged to start to use newspaper sites in their work, especially to provide recency, variety and interest that their coursebooks often fail to do. E-papers can be used beneficially both on-line in class or off line at home, in a variety of ways. Thus, language teachers should take part in the great technological endeavor of the turn of the century, that is using the Internet in the classroom.