When I first found this community and learned about Rachael a few weeks ago, I mentioned that I thought it would be very useful to include content from the Breaking News English website as a Rachael module. I also mentioned that I would attempt to contact the owner of the content to get permission for World Possible. I am very Happy to report back that Sean Banville the owner of the content and the website has replied and sounds very agreeable to allowing World Possible to include the content from his website for noncommercial use. He has asked me to pass this on to World Possible and you Jeremy to work out the details.
I don’t know if you have had time to check out the links I posted previously to see for yourself how valuable this content would be for an English teacher. The content itself is based off current news stories in the news and is broken down to several levels of learning for the various levels of ability for the students. The content stories range a wide area of interests which I found helpful as a teacher to be able to target the content interests of my students which made the learning a lot of fun for my classes.
Each Breaking News English Lesson includes an mp3 of a native English speaker reporting the news story at the various levels. The more recent lessons have both a British and American English versions also. It is accompanied by a PDF worksheet with the report word for word as reported in the mp3.
Included in each Pdf student worksheet are various activities for the students to work on to support the objectives of the lesson.
These worksheets inclided:
The reading / listening activity,
Targeted vocabulary words
Role play activities
Discussion points and suggestions
As of this post there are 2484 completed lessons available on the Breaking News English website. As I mentioned previously, as an English teacher I found these lessons invaluable to me and my students.
Also, Sean has several more English websites he owns linked to the Breaking News English website. These are of interest also:
Breaking News English. com
ESL Discussions .com
Famous People Lessons .com
Business English Materials. com
Listen A Minute. com
American Presidents. com
News English Lessons. com
Below is the email I received from Sean Banville. I hope my legwork has been useful. He can be contacted at:
Sean Banville email@example.com