(a) There are 2 news pieces
with accompanying exercises and questions, available each
week. One is Medium Level and the other is Higher Level. When
I registered for this programme, I was asked to choose which
level I wanted. Yet I have been sent both levels each week!
(b) The Higher Level is quite difficult. I have been using
the Medium Level with Transition Year students and some of
them still find it hard. (You may want to make out your own
easier exercises and questions to suit the abilities of the
students with whom you are working).
(c) While there might be a temptation not to bother taping
the news clip the day before, it really is worth doing it!
The students are more interested and enthusiastic when there's
more involved than simply reading a piece of text and answering
questions. Also, the video clip can be replayed for the class
a number of times if necessary. (d) Tell the students what
the topic is about before playing the video clip. You might
ask them some questions or share some ideas about the topic
by way of preparation.
· Anna Ní Ghallachair
(Stiúrthóir Ionad na dTeangacha), Ionad na dTeangacha, Ollscoil
na hÉireann Maigh Nuad, Maigh Nuad, Co. Chill Dara. Guthán:
· Click here to see
a sample text and exercises