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
After 27 years in charge, Sir Alex Ferguson has retired as manager of Manchester United. Ferguson is the most successful manager in British football, having won 13 English Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues, the Cup Winners’ Cup, five FA Cups and four League Cups.
Facebook has been losing millions of users a month in its biggest markets, independent data suggests. The number of users accessing the site from desktops has also been declining as smartphone usage increases. Facebook has warned it may be losing users to new alternative social networks.
Thousands of people have applied to become one of four astronauts selected to set up a human colony on the Red Planet. The Dutch company behind the vision, Mars One, has stated that the deal doesn’t include a return ticket.
Two years into the Syrian crisis, the sound of shelling has become the new normal for Damascenes. However, citizens fear the long term effects of the war. What lies ahead for Syria’s capital?