Weekly topical news lessons
Weekly news lessons for Staff Room members. The lessons in this section are available at elementary, intermediate and advanced levels. Weekly news lessons are sourced from the Guardian, onestopenglish's principal news partner.
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 weekly news lessons
Thousands of people have taken to beaches in Australia in order to protest against the controversial catching and killing of sharks longer than three metres. Critics of the cull say that it will prove ineffective and that there is no evidence it will reduce the number of shark attacks on humans.
Weekly news lesson 377: 27th February 2014: ‘Billionaires’ Row’: Hampstead palaces left empty for decades
Some of Britain’s most expensive properties, worth tens of millions of pounds, lie derelict in North London. They have stood almost entirely vacant since they were bought a quarter of a century ago to the exasperation of those struggling to make ends meet in the capital.
José Ivan, who was found washed up in a boat on Marshall Islands, says he survived for 16 months at sea by living on a diet of hand-caught birds and turtles.
DNA taken from the wisdom tooth of a European hunter-gatherer has given scientists a unique glimpse of modern humans before the rise of farming around 7,000 years ago.