Whether you are a student learning English or just want to brush up on your language skills you will have heard many times that you should read and listen to authentic material. CNN Student NEWS is an excellent resource. Visit the website and find out how you can keep up to date with all current affairs and improve your English.
CNN Student NEWS is a 10-minute daily news program produced for students and teachers. Here is quick tour of everything you can find on this website.
- 10-minute news program
You can watch this video online as a streamed video or even record it to use in class. The video is also available for download as a podcast, so you can watch it at any time (e.g. on your iPod). Younger students will benefit from the tapescript that accompanies every video.
- Daily Discussion
Use these questions to make sure you have understood the stories covered in the program. Then read on to learn more about the topic being discussed. There is a short summary of the topic and a list of resources which will provide you with a deeper understanding of what's going on around the world. These resources are especially useful for research.
- Media Literacy Question
So, you've watched the program, maybe had a discussion about it and think you know what's happening in the news? Answer the Media Literacy Question to see how good you are at reading between the lines.
- CNN Student Challenge
This is my personal favourite. Answer questions about every month and see how well you did. Then challenge your friends to beat your score. To begin, choose your favourite CNN anchor. You will have to answer some multiple choice questions for the first two rounds. Choose between Who / What / Where / When / Why questions. (e.g. When was the first Oscar Award Ceremony held?) Don't forget, the clock is ticking. You only have 30 seconds to answer each question. The third round is the "lightning round". Type in the answer as fast as you can!