Do you keep up with current events? Do you prefer newspapers, news broadcasts on television or radio, or news apps on your phone? If you enjoy keeping up with current events and news stories, you can use it to enhance your English skills. Today, we’ll discuss ideas for learning English through newspapers, news programs, and applications.
What are some ways that the news can help you improve your English?
We need resources to study any subject, and the news may be an excellent source of information for learning English and other languages. There’s always something new to learn about! As a result, there are always new resources to develop your English skills across a wide range of themes.
News reports are also not very long-certainly not as long as a novel or an English textbook. If you have a hectic schedule, this can be beneficial because you can concentrate on one topic at a time (or more if you have the time).
Not only newspapers, but some articles related to English will also help you in learning English. For example: try learning a list of nouns starting with B.
Topics that interest you can be viewed or read about
Select news topics that interest you. Why? I’m sure you can recall lyrics and words from your favourite tunes! Similarly, if you enjoy reading blogs, you are more likely to retain new English vocabulary and improve your English skills. If you enjoy sports, look for the latest news in the sports section or channels.
Select news topics or stories that you are familiar with
If you enjoy reading or listening to the news, you almost definitely do so in your native language. This can be advantageous because you will be familiar with the background if you have already read the story in your native language.
For instance, you might have a news app in your mother tongue on your phone that you read first. Then, to improve your English skills, you might read the story again using an English news app.
Make predictions about what will happen next in the news
You can improve your English reading and listening skills by making predictions while reading articles or listening to news programs. We recommend reading or listening to the headline first, then taking some time to consider it. What do you believe the article will cover?
You can make predictions based on the headline’s words and phrases, as well as any knowledge you already have on the subject. This aids in the activation of your English vocabulary for this news story (e.g. sports, entertainment, business etc.). You can double-check your predictions as you read or listen to the rest of the story. This continuous approach also aids in maintaining your attention to the news story.
Make an effort to recognise the most important points
We recommend reading or listening to the entire article rapidly after using the headlines to think about and predict the news story. Don’t get caught up in particular words or phrases; instead, attempt to obtain a sense of the overall tale (or outline).
This can aid in the development of your reading skills and the speed with which you read. It can also help you improve your listening skills so you can understand the main ideas of the article.
You can read or listen to the news report again once you have a general understanding of the story to check for more facts and to expand your English vocabulary.
Build your vocabulary English skills
The news offers excellent examples of English in context and opportunities to expand your English vocabulary across a wide range of topics.
You can naturally look up terms in a dictionary and translate them into your native tongue. We do recommend, however, that you try to figure out the meaning of the piece first. You may always look it up in an English dictionary or use Google Translate.
Make it a habit to converse about current events
Newspapers, news programmes, and apps are all excellent resources for learning English. Even so, if you have the chance, speak about the news in English.
The news is a popular topic for small chats and can be an excellent way to start a conversation. “Did you catch up on today’s news?”
So there you have it. Remember that there are numerous more resources for learning English, such as broadcasts, applications, and newspapers. Learning has no clear endpoint. Start with these easy fundamentals to learn English and improve your skills. Best wishes!