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The following ESL resources are available for News:

book references (1)
audio (3)
video (2)
Words in the News (index) (144)
Individual news stories - text and audio with difficult vocabulary highlighted and defined. (Print-friendly PDF download of text sheet available) Hundreds of stories, archived back to 1999.


RTHK News index (Hong Kong) (145)
Main English page for Hong Kong Government broadcaster. Texts (short) of local and international stories archived for 12 months. Radio news bulletins available for Windows Media Player and Real Player archived for 12 months. The audio bulletins are usually extended versions of the written texts.


Good news (916)
Two presenters discuss the prevalence of bad news in the media, look at some good news stories and focus on some useful language.


ODN - news (955)
Major UK commercial television news station. Large selection of recent and archived news stories, many with English subtitles (marked CC)


Lingohack (BBC) (1422)
Authentic BBC bulletins - selected short items with transcript, words and phrases and vocabulary exercise



Speaking / listening skills books

Real Listening & Speaking 3 book cover 

Real Listening & Speaking 3 

Miles Craven   
Unit 5 Is there anything on?  Pages 28 - 29
Listening to radio news headlines and main stories Summarizing news stories - choose most accurate of three summaries Speaking: make news programme in groups

ESL lesson plans

How Donald Trump Got Rich: A Tale of Three Trumps

US Election ESL worksheet 1 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 2 Donald Trump worksheet 3 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 4 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 5 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 6
B1 / B2 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; role play Vocabulary: business and economics

Download A Tale of Three Trumps for B1/B2 (PDF)
C1 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; Grammar: participle clauses

Download A Tale of Three Trumps for C1 (PDF)

US Election Special 2016

US Election ESL worksheet 1 US Election ESL worksheet 2 US Election ESL worksheet 3 US Election ESL worksheet 4
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary: politics, elections; skills: discussing elections and issues.

Download Politics and the US Election (PDF)

Wear high heels or go home: gender discrimination at work

Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 1 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 2 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 3
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary work clothes; skills: gender discrimination; grammar: reported speech.

Download Workplace gender discrimination (PDF)

English grammar notes

Comparison with as...as

Comprehensive grammar reference notes, illustrated.
Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 1 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 2 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 3
Download English grammar notes: comparison with as...as (PDF)