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2018 weekly news lesson archive

The full archive of available weekly news lessons published in 2018.

2018 news lessons

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  • Thanks for the feedback, everyone! We always find it really useful - both the bad and the good - and bear it in mind when selecting news articles and producing new content for other series. So, please always feel free to leave your thoughts and requests.

    Best wishes,

    The onestop team

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  • My classes really enjoyed your articles about/lessons on sleep deprivation in the west (it seems to be gone now), superagers and the protests against tourists in some European cities. These topics all led to lively and friendly discussions. However, I must agree with other commentators, that there seem to be too many articles on environmental problems or topics which have a political slant which are either depressing or lead to controversy in the class. Recently I have searched the internet myself and found articles (not in The Guardian) on giving advice, time and our perception of thereof and happiness, from which I was able to develop very interesting lessons in which no one ended up being riled or feeling depressed. Possibly you could find something similar in The Guardian for future lessons? Generally though, these lessons are a great help and make my life much easier. Thank you.

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  • Thanks for the response. It might be good to keep in mind that a lot of people feel stress about the general global situation, so articles about young lynx being killed, the climate being destroyed, and the need for armed police tend to bring the problems of the world into the classroom. Many students look forward to English lessons as it's an escape from their everyday problems.

    The racoon one was great, the phone one rather irrelevant to the lives of adults, and the pedestrianised city one a little dry, but okay.

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  • Hi there,

    Sorry to hear you're not happy with this particular news lesson topic - we thought with vegetarianism and veganism being a hot trend in the UK, along with increasing interest in the environment, it would be an interesting one for students.

    We do try to provide a range of subjects for our subscribers, both serious and quirky - recently we've covered colour blindness in armed police, a phone ban in schools, a couple who bought a zoo, and a pedestrianised city and racoons in Toronto, for example.

    We are always happy to take suggestions for topics in the comments, and we will make a note of your comment in our feedback log.

    Best wishes,

    The onestopenglish team

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  • I see that you've gone back to doom and gloom for the news lessons. Unbelievable.

    Students tend to resent the fact that they are being preached at to change their lifestyle in English class, even if they agree with the premiss.

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  • Great! We're very glad to hear your students enjoyed it.

    Best wishes,

    The onestopenglish team

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  • The "Trash Panda" lesson is great! Students really enjoy it, it isn't a downer, and the vocabulary is pertinent to their lives. Thanks!

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  • Lately the articles tend to be rather boring and depressing. With students inundated with news 24/7 in their own languages, some either culture based or off beat news would be very welcome. Previously you featured much more of this type of lesson, and students really enjoyed them. Lately students have been complaining about the boring content of the lessons.

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  • Hello,

    Thank you for your comment. We will bear what you have suggested in mind when choosing our articles in the future.

    Best wishes,

    The onestopenglish team

  • Hi there,
    I just wanna say overall you guys have done a fairly good job by providing the news lessons. However, it would be much better if the articles chosen could be more interesting without losing their educational value. Furthermore, I'm happy that each article attaches great importance to vocabulary building, which is good considering the need to develop a wide vocabulary. But I would really love to see some activities that reflect the current teaching methodology, more communicative, more focused on inference and critical thinking than simply fact-checking. I am really looking forward to seeing improvements in these respects.

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  • Hello,

    Thank you very much for your comment. We will certainly keep what you have said in mind.

    Best wishes,

    The onestopenglish team

  • These stories are not relevant to our readers everyday lives. They lose interest in articles about Sumo wrestlers or mammals. There needs to be more mainstream articles and business articles. I have been disappointed for a while and coming back from the summer break, see little improvement.

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  • Hello Kevoqui,

    Thank you very much for your comment. We are very sorry you are unhappy with the subject matter of the articles we choose. Please can you tell us which topics you believe would be of interest to your students? We will then keep these in mind when we go about making further choices.

    In terms of business articles, we do have a range of business news lessons that can be found here http://www.onestopenglish.com/business/business-spotlight . We add to these regularly.

    Best wishes,

    The onestopenglish team

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