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Sites with News & Television

 

News Sites
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Spanish News Bites  
http://www.spanishnewsbites.net/

This site provides short news articles in Spanish divided by both topic and level: beginner, intermediate and advanced (teachers should note that beginner level is more advanced than level 1).  An MP3 file provides a native speaker reading each article.  This can be listened to right from the site or can be downloaded. 

Interpretive: Students fill out a chart answering the key questions of who?, what?, where?, when? and why? after reading the articles on the site.


Interpersonal:
After being assigned particular articles to read, they would write interview questions either reiterating the information from the article or going further in depth. They then would find a partner who read the same article. The two would then ask their questions in an interview style and answer the questions of their partner.

Presentational: Students create their own Spanish “NewsBite”. They write a brief article about something happening in their school. They must also create a glossary similar to those provided in the PDF files.

News in Slow Spanish
http://www.newsinslowspanish.com/
Listen to native speakers discuss the world news and much more in simplified Spanish at a slow pace. MP3 files can be downloaded and flashcards with new vocabulary, as well as grammar explanations and practice with expressions and pronunciation are provided.

Interpretive: Students respond to a teacher’s checklist, true/false or multiple choice exercise. Exercises will be most successful if teacher provides salient vocabulary.

Interpersonal:
Students form discussion circles where each student is given a role such as facilitator, literary luminary (where they pull out phrases from the reading), or connector (where they find connections between the reading and their own lives or current events). After listening to a podcast and preparing their task, students discuss the podcast including sharing what they have prepared with the group.



Presentational: Students create their own news podcast about their class, school or community. The stories can be real or fantasy-based.

Front Pages of Newspapers

http://www.newseum.o rg/todaysfrontpages/

This site provides today's front pages of newspapers from the U.S. , Asia, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, North America, Oceania, South America and Africa.

Interpretive: Students rank the top stories on the front page and categorize them based on content such as: sports, politics, entertainment, world news, environment.

Interpersonal:
Students create the front page of a newspaper about their life and a partner will ask them questions to gain further understanding of the “top stories”.


Presentational:
Students create a graphic organizer (like a Venn Diagram) comparing how three different newspapers report the same event.

News in 4 minutes  

http://www.rtve.es/noticias/telediario-en-4/

Top news story is reported in 4 minutes or less daily. Video is provided along with a script of the news report. Older stories are also archived on the site.

Interpretive: Students get post-it notes and jot down words, ideas, pictures they heard.

Interpersonal: Teacher would pass out visual cues or words pertaining to the stories and students would have to piece together the story using the information they saw/heard about that topic.



Presentational: Students create "News in 4 Minutes" about their school, life or town.


TV sites
Interpretive: Students write a summary or draw a picture of what they have seen during one week.

Interpersonal: Students will interview each other to find out about what their partner(s) watched. Each group receives six poker chips and every time they ask a question they give one poker chip. Their goal is to get rid of the poker chips.

Presentational: Students keep a TV journal based on what they've watched.
wwiTV (1998-2006)
http://wwitv.com/portal.htm

Live TV from around the world. Note: Requires RealPlayer and/or Windows media player.

Beeline TV (2003-2005)
http://www.beelinetv.com/
Live TV from around the world.
Cervantes TV
http://www.cervantestv.es/
Cervantes TV offers TV from Spain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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