Current Affairs and English Teaching


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Publication Student essay 15hp
Title Current Affairs and English Teaching
Author Kehlmeier, Maria ; Svensson, Pernilla
Date 2009
English abstract
This degree project investigates how and why current affairs materials are incorporated in English language learning at two Swedish upper secondary schools. The question of what current affairs learning materials are is also answered. We look at current affairs materials from the viewpoint of two teachers and 7 students. We investigate how and why the teachers use current affairs in the ELT classroom through the use of qualitative interviews. Using the same method, we also investigate the students’ experiences of working with current affairs materials in the ELT classroom. We found that both the teachers and the students are positive towards working with current affairs materials in their ELT classrooms. Nevertheless, one cannot ignore the importance of selecting the appropriate materials. The materials should be authentic, connect to the students’ experiences and also match the teacher’s interests and personality. If fulfilling these criteria, current affairs materials function as a suitable learning material for language learning. Keywords: current affairs materials, English, learning materials, ELT classroom, authentic texts.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Lärarutbildningen
Language eng (iso)
Subject Current Affairs
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