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Spot on news lessons for teens

Based on articles from Spot on, a magazine written especially for teenagers studying English, this series includes worksheets and activities edited to three levels: elementary, intermediate and advanced.

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This series of lesson plans is aimed specifically at teens. One lesson plan, New Zealand: Air, Land and Sea, is free for all users, and the rest are for Staff Room members.

Each worksheet is available at three levels and follows an established format:

  1. Lead-in activities to introduce the topic and present the key vocabulary.
  2. A reading text taken from Spot On magazine, edited to different lengths for the three levels.
  3. Follow-on activities.

The lessons include Webquests which can be completed in class or as homework.

Inside Spot On news lessons for teens

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: New Zealand: Air, Land and Sea

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Doris Evans and Anthony Doesburg (text) Type: News lesson

    This Spot on news lesson is about New Zealand: a country of fantastic scenery and extreme sports.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: Fair for all

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Ann Foulds (text) Type: News lesson

    This news lesson is about the benefits of the Fairtrade system, which helps farmers and artisans to get paid fairly.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: Getting connected

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Ann Foulds (text) Type: News lesson

    This month's Spot on news lesson looks at some of the most popular websites in the world, social-networking sites, which are changing the way we all meet and stay in touch with people.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: Digging for dinos

    Author: Kate Cory-Wright (activities), Mary-Lou Gray (text) Type: News lesson

    This news lesson is about dinosaurs and includes some interviews with teen dinosaur experts about their work.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: King Khan

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Irene Ridgeway (text) Type: News lesson

    This month's Spot on news lesson is about Shah Rukh Khan - the king of Bollywood!

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: No geeks allowed

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Talitha Linehan (text) Type: News lesson

    This Spot on news lesson takes a look at why science is such an important part of everyone's life.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: My holiday

    Author: Kate Cory-Wright (activities), Ann Foulds and Paul Wheatley (text) Type: News lesson

    In this month's Spot on news lesson, we meet six teenagers who went to fantastic places on holiday.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: Challenge yourself

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Colm Flynn (text) Type: News lesson

    This month's Spot on news lesson is about some inspiring young people: they have learnt new skills and challenged themselves by working for bronze, silver or gold medals.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: Beautiful, brilliant Brighton

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Rebecca Perl (text) Type: News lesson

    This Spot on news lesson is about Brighton, on the southern coast of England, known for its wonderful Royal Pavilion and Brighton Pier.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: School of hope

    Author: Kate Cory-Wright (activities), Mary Beth Maslowski (text) Type: News lesson

    This month's Spot on news lesson is about an 18-year-old girl who raised enough money to build a school in Cambodia.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: Shanghai Star

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Talitha Linehan (text) Type: News lesson

    This month's Spot on news lesson is about an American teenage actor who moved to China when he was 13 years old.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens : A boy wizard grows up

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Jehan Casinader (text) Type: News lesson

    This Spot on news lesson features an interview with Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe, who talks about growing up as the infamous boy wizard.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: Homecoming hero

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Talitha Linehan (text) Type: News lesson

    This month's Spot on news lesson catches up with American teenage sailor Zac Sunderland, as he embarks on the home stretch of his round-the-world voyage.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: One school, 71 languages

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Toby Skingsley (text) Type: News lesson

    This Spot on news lesson is about the kids in a school in south London. They come from 60 countries and speak a total of 71 languages at home.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: Cool in Canada

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Talitha Linehan (text) Type: News lesson

    This month's Spot on news lesson visits Canada, where we meet three teenagers from different parts of the country.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: Earth in danger

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Toby Skingsley, Martin Simmonds and Talitha Linehan (text) Type: News lesson

    This Spot on news lesson is about climate change and how we can help to save the planet.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: The world at your fingertips

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Toby Skingsley, Richard Mote and Martin Simmonds (text) Type: News lesson

    In this Spot on news lesson, we meet some young people who tell us about their exciting jobs and how they couldn’t do them without speaking English.

  • Spot on news lessons for teens: No girls, no boys!

    Author: Karen Richardson (activities), Talitha Linehan (text) Type: News lesson

    This Spot on news lesson looks at the issue of single-sex education, highlighting the views of teenagers and teachers from around the world - do boys and girls learn better when they are in different schools?

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