Sunday 2:15 - 3:05 PM
Using the Newspaper to Teach English
University of Suwon, Korea
By introducing English newspaper into classroom at any level(beginning,
intermediate, and advanced) students
1) increase social awareness,
2) extend linguistic context into world matters,
3) deal with real life in English from narrowing down the gap between
bookish limited English and real life English,
4) broaden the perspective from local township to the global thinking,
5) improve the reading and writing skills besides listening and speaking:
scanning and skimming practices.
For the beginning level
1) recognition of alphabet, words already learned and names of people,
places, organization and events( to avoid to fossilize
Konglish pronunciation(Korean way of saying) and
2) pictures are useful sources for describing pictures with students'
own words and guessing and finding the words for elicitation. Games and
pair works as well as group works
will be done beautifully.
For the intermediate level:
wonderful for scanning and skimming(collecting gists) practices by
choosing of students own choice: stock exchange is a good place for practicing
10,000(mann unit) and 100,000(ship mann unit), movies and TV program and
classified ad 'Ann Landers' and sports. Reading and tell the read material
in their own words for speaking to the pair and writing. For the advanced
level :a lot of reading practice with editorial and political news and
cartoons and of discussion and debate in English. For any level students
produce their own newspapers: I will show some newspaper of my elementary
students and middle school students from my English camp and college students'
Mijae Lee is a professor at the University of Suwon as well as KOTESOL
Kyonggi Chapter President. She obtained her Ph.D. from Seoul National University.
She studied and taught at the Nothern Illinois University and Chicago State
University and Harvard University. For her exemplary teaching of Korean
language and culture at the Harvard University, she received a 'Certificate
of Distinction in Teaching' from Harvard University in September,
1989. She has received certificates from Homerton College of Cambridge
University in EFL teacher training (1991) and Keble College of Oxford University
in ESL/EFL material development (1994). Her major interests are language
acquisition, teaching methodology, and classroom management with practical
methods and tools, and the names of people and places in Britain, U.S.A.