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
Until now, inhabitants of Norwegian town Rjukan lived in shadow for half the year, but local artist Martin Andersen changed this with his invention of the Sun mirror. The mirror reflects sunlight into the town square for people to enjoy throughout the winter.
Thousands of diners at some of Japan’s most prestigious hotels and restaurants have been tricked into paying high prices for what they thought were premium ingredients. The scandal has angered consumers and threatens to damage the international reputation of Japanese cuisine.
The Senate Intelligence Committee has approved a bill to continue phone data collection in the US but increase transparency. Critics of NSA say the bill doesn’t go far enough.
The number of Blackberry users has fallen amid increased competition in the mobile instant messaging market, as the younger generation opt for more multifaceted devices.
The International Monetary Fund appeals to the US government for more stability and a medium-term fiscal plan to avoid further shutdowns.