Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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Want to Improve Your Reading? (Guest Post by Stephanie Furness-Barr)

This post is from a good friend and colleague of mine, Steph.  Steph is a fantastic teacher who works with me in Portsmouth, England (follow the link to see our school).  She is interested in getting her students to read as much as possible in English so here are a few pieces of advice and links from her.

One idea for improving your English (and your reading confidence) is to read English language newspapers / news websites for your country.
  1. Choose an article you’re interested in. Read it a few times without a dictionary. Note words that help you understand the text better (not ALL words). Notice any grammar that is new or interesting to you.
  2. Look up the same news item in your first language to check your understanding of the main points of the article. 
** Don’t worry if you don’t understand everything. Start with the question “What can I understand?” This positive thinking makes reading more rewarding. **

Here are some examples of English Language newspapers in different regions. (These links are for the nationalities we have at our school at the moment - this is not a complete list of all English language newspapers or websites)


 Mali - Reuters Mali

Somalia - Somaliland Sun


Kazakhstan - Tengri News

Taiwan - Taipei Times


 The Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) - The Baltic Times

Czech Republic - The Prague Post

France - The Connexion

Germany - The Local, Spiegel

Poland - The News

Spain - Costa News

Switzerland - The Local

The Middle East

Iraq -  Iraqi News

Kurdistan -  Kurdistan World
Lebanon - The Daily Star

 Oman - Oman Observer

Qatar - Gulf Times 

Saudi Arabia - Saudi Gazette 

United Arab Emirates - Khaleej Times, Al Arabiya News

Yemen - Yemen Times

South America

Colombia -  Colombia Reports

Venezuela - El Universal

1 comment:

  1. Please feel free to comment and recommend any other English language news websites that you think should be on the list.


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