How to use newspapers and magazines in EFL class
1. How to use newspapers and magazines in EFL class?
additional source of teaching practice:
newspapers as an authentic material and
magazines as a semi-authentic material in
the EFL class.
Reading is one of the essential language skills
comprising every language lesson and the whole
process of learning itself.
Using authentic materials is one of the mainstays of
an imaginative and motivating higher level course, but
rarely features at levels lower than intermediate.
have some assets and drawbacks, each of which are
discussed in greater detail below:
EFL classrooms should include the following:
• “Warm-up or discussion activity to introduce the topic
• Work on selection of the techniques covered by the
text, which will generate
• Vocabulary development, guided or free writing activities,
oral practice, exercises performed in pairs or small groups
• A follow-up activity , such as discussion, a role-play or
through reading newspapers and magazines:
• Activating prior knowledge
• Context Clues
• Drawing Conclusions
reading because the conventional meaning
of words or collocations is not always
clear and the reader is often confused
about the intended message of the writer.
• This means that inference skills are vital
to develop from the very beginning.
It is a strategy that helps students to read quickly and find
what they are looking for.
We move our eyes quickly down the page seeking specific
words or phrases.
It is useful to look for the text organizers such as numbers,
letters or steps.
It is a skill applied to reading when we
need to have an idea of the main points of the
text, or, in other words, to ´get the general
picture´ of the text.
Both newspapers and magazines were described as a
good source for practicing the English language. It
was stressed that using newspapers as authentic
material and magazines as semi-authentic material is
very important for a learner’s connection with ´real´