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Scientists complete the human genome

Mixed levels

This lesson looks at DNA and the recent announcement that scientists have completed the human genome for the first time in history. Students will listen to a news report, read an article and be introduced to higher-level idiomatic language. There will be opportunities for students to personalise the vocabulary and build their fluency by sharing their opinions on the topic.

by Peter Clarkin

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Will Smith slaps Chris Rock at Oscars

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A breaking news lesson about the recent incident at the Oscars, with a news report about actor Will Smith hitting comedian Chris Rock and an article giving the opinions of four members of the public on the scandal. Students will learn related vocabulary, practise reading and listening skills and reinforce their new vocabulary with conversation practice.

by David Marriott


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Panda to go on a diet

Pre-intermediate (A2-B1)

This lesson looks at both San Diego Zoo and Taipei Zoo and the way they take care of their pandas. Exercises focus on authentic listening, through a video news report, and reading skills. Related vocabulary will be looked at and students will be given the opportunity to discuss several issues that are related to the topic.

by Peter Clarkin

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Missing shipwreck discovered

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This lesson looks at the recent discovery of Shackleton’s lost ship Endurance. Exercises focus on authentic listening, through a video news report, and reading skills. Related vocabulary will be looked at and students will be given the opportunity to discuss a number of issues that are related to the topic.

by Peter Clarkin

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Anti-war protests in Russia and the World

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This lesson looks at the reports around demonstrations in countries around the world over the situation in Ukraine. A news report looks at the events happening and the reaction in Russia. An article reports on the reaction around the world to the situation. Exercises focus on reading and listening skills, and related vocabulary. Students will have an opportunity to discuss questions related to the subject and give their own views.


Note: While this lesson doesn’t go into personal details, it is about a situation of conflict which some students may find upsetting due to personal experiences. Caution is advised before proceeding with this lesson.

by Joe Wilson

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Anonymous declare cyberwar

Advanced (C1-C2)

A breaking news lesson about the recent Anonymous actions taken against Russia, with a news report about the group’s decision to get involved in the Ukraine conflict and an article providing background and context on the group itself. Students will learn related vocabulary, practise reading and listening skills and reinforce their new vocabulary with conversation practice.


Note: This lesson refers to the ongoing situation in Ukraine, which some students may find upsetting or difficult to discuss. You may wish to use caution, in particular, if you have Ukrainian or Russian students.

by David J. Marriott

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Russia invades Ukraine

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

On Thursday of last week, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, a democratic country in Eastern Europe. This breaking news lesson is based on an article that looks at the background to the war. The worksheet focuses on vocabulary development, reading/listening comprehension and speaking.


Note: This lesson has attracted a wide spectrum of feedback from praise to condemnation, with even a few teachers accusing us of Western bias. We’re unable to publish every comment as our comments feature is not designed to be a discussion forum.

Here’s our position:

1. We wish the current news wasn’t so painful, especially since we are based in Poland and we have Ukrainian employees. There was a demand from teachers to cover it, as well as from Ukrainians urging us to help spread the news to those citizens of Russia who do not have access to the full picture of what’s going on.

2. While we try to use a variety of cited news sources to ensure objectivity, we are not investigative journalists. We cannot cover every possible viewpoint and angle in a 350-word article. However, we see no justification for the military aggression used against Ukraine and its civilians.

3. Common sense should dictate whether teachers decide to use this lesson or not. We strongly discourage using any lesson plan which may cause distress to your students.

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Nuclear fusion breakthrough

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

A breaking news lesson about the recent JET nuclear fusion experiment. Students will learn related vocabulary, practise reading and listening skills and reinforce their new vocabulary with conversation practice.

by Dawid J. Marriott

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Rotterdam to dismantle bridge for Jeff Bezos

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

A breaking news worksheet about a bridge in Rotterdam being partially dismantled to make way for a superyacht owned by Jeff Bezos. Students will learn related vocabulary, practise reading and listening skills and reinforce their new vocabulary in conversation tasks.

by David J. Marriott

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Minnie Mouse to get a makeover

Intermediate (B1-B2)

This lesson is about fashion in the cartoon world covering a news report about Minnie Mouse’s recent outfit change and an article about iconic cartoon characters. Students will learn related vocabulary, practise reading and listening skills and reinforce their new vocabulary with conversation practice.

by David J. Marriott

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British island seeks King or Queen

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

A breaking news lesson about the search for a new monarch to rule a small island and an article going into detail about micronations. Students will learn related vocabulary, practise reading and listening skills and reinforce their new vocabulary with conversation practice.

by David J. Marriott

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First octopus farm to open in Spain

Intermediate (B1-B2)

A breaking news lesson about the recent announcement that the world’s first octopus farm is opening in Spain. Students will learn related vocabulary, practise reading and listening skills and reinforce their new vocabulary with conversation practice.

by David J. Marriott

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Djokovic faces deportation

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

A breaking news lesson about the recent visa scandal involving Novak Djokovic, with a news report about the decision to reinstall Djokovic’s visa, and an article offering the opinions of three members of the public on the scandal. Students will learn related vocabulary, practise reading and listening skills and reinforce their new vocabulary with conversation practice.

by David J. Marriott


Note: this lesson covers topics that some students may find sensitive, such as Covid regulations and vaccination stances. Additionally, this news story is ongoing and the situation discussed in the news report may change rapidly.