News in Slow Spanish

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.

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.


News in 4 Minutes

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 listen to one of the news broadcasts. Each student has a red/green indicator. After the newscast, the teacher asks the students a series of questions and responds with the indicators. For example, True or False—It will rain tomorrow. True or False—The main story dealt with a political issue.

Interpersonal: Students watch one of the news broadcasts. Next, organize students in groups of 4-5. The class comes up with the first story of the broadcast (e.g. First, they interviewed a woman about her cats) and then the first person adds a second line using the words After…, Then… The next person in the circle repeats the first two lines, adding a third. This is continued until all students have had an opportunity to participate. The group tries to orally recap the news cast. For example, first they interviewed a woman about her cats. Then, they showed some political protesters. Next, they showed soccer, etc.

Students create their own "News in 4 Minutes" about their school, life or town. Student presentations are timed to be only four minutes and must include multiple segments.




News Map

This site provides the latest events from around the world with direct links to featured stories. The site has searches by country, by time (e.g. last 10 minutes), and by topic (e.g. Sports or Entertainment).


Students select a title from one of the main areas (e.g. Entertainment, Sports, World) without their partner seeing (or titles are prepared for the class on strips of paper). Next, they read the title and the partner must guess from which of the seven areas the title was featured.

Interpersonal: Students pick one of the titles without reading the full story. Next, they invent what they think the story is about in 4-5 sentences. As an extension, students then read the full story and make comparisons between their invented story and the original.

In groups, students prepare their own newsmap with titles from current events around the school or community. The newsmap could be in the format of a scrapbook or a digital product. Once finished, students present their newsmap to another group who can decide to “click” on one of the titles to hear more about the story. The group that created the newsmap then describes the main ideas of that story.