Monthly topical news lessons
Topical news items with worksheets for each level for you to use in class. Each worksheet contains vocabulary, speaking and grammar work as well as reading practice.
All the articles are from the Guardian, onestopenglish's principal news partner. As well as using the language exercises which accompany each article, you can exploit these news texts in a number of ways:
- as extra reading, especially for advanced students;
- by asking students to compare the political slant of different news organizations;
- as a way to start projects on the issues covered, etc.
Please note: All news lessons are available on the site for a full year from the date of publication. They are then removed to make way for new, fresh and up-to-date news lessons.
Latest monthly news lessons
A team of scientists claims to have found evidence for a slump in well-being among middle-aged apes that mirrors midlife crises in humans. The study, which included 500 apes, required zookeepers to complete questionnaires about their animals’ moods.
Since its launch in 1994, the UK lottery has created 3,000 millionaires who have won more than £8.5 billion in total. This article details how they spent it.
Leading water scientists have said that people may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet by 2050 to avoid catastrophic shortages. The world’s population is expected to reach nine billion in the next forty years.
The first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, died at the age of 82 in August. His death has prompted a bout of soul-searching about America’s national destiny as well as mourning for an icon of the twentieth century.
The recent shooting that left 12 people dead in a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, shocked the US and the world. Tom Mauser, whose son died in the 1999 Columbine massacre, is a campaigner for stricter gun controls and is in despair that the laws have got progressively looser in the last 13 years.
Naples is the home of the simple margherita, and the opening of a gourmet pizza restaurant that uses unconventional ingredients such as salt cod, figs and truffle oil has angered an army of traditionalists. Should some foods be sacred?
Seventeen-year-old Noor al-Malki is one of only three Qatari women competing at London 2012. Although she is not in it for a medal, Noor hopes to encourage more women from her country to get into sport.
The Banksy mural that disappeared from a wall in London was withdrawn from an auction moments before it was due to go on sale. Banksy is a street artist who displays his work on public surfaces such as walls. His identity remains unknown.
According to Oxfam, vast fortunes made by the world’s richest 100 billionaires are driving up inequality and hindering the world’s ability to tackle poverty. Without pointing a finger at individuals, the charity argued that the $240bn net income amassed in 2012 by the richest 100 billionaires would be enough to make extreme poverty history four times over.
Insects are plentiful, full of protein and many experts believe that there is a clear environmental benefit to humans eating them. So what will it take for Western society to overcome its prejudices and start eating creepy-crawlies?
A team of researchers in Seattle has put together a huge database to assess the global burden of disease. The aim of the project – which has revealed some surprising results – is to help global organizations and individual governments to better care for us all.