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Learning English Through the News

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Some of the best sources of material for improving your English are news channels and websites. It’s much easier to concentrate, learn and remember new information if you’re watching, listening or reading about something that interests you, so whether you’re more interested in politics, sport, art and culture, business or celebrity gossip, you should be able to find a news site that appeals to you!

What’s more, most news programmes and articles are short, clear and direct – which is great when you’re a non-native speaker. You can also choose to start with tabloid-style websites, which are simple and easy to understand, and then build up to reading or watching “serious” news sources, which use more complex sentence structures and difficult vocabulary.

In fact, there are even some news websites that are specifically designed for English learners, which present important stories in easy-to-understand language, and provide extra worksheets to make sure you completely understand.

Let’s take a look at some of the best free options on the internet that are aimed at English learners:



This website summarizes some of the biggest stories of the day and gives you lesson plans, questions and vocab guides to help you. While it’s aimed at teachers, there’s nothing to stop you trying out the exercises yourself. Plus, for many of the news stories, you can choose your level of English (from “Easy” to “Hard”), which means you can keep pushing yourself as your reading skills improve.



English Club provides all different types of resources for English teachers and students to use, but every Wednesday the site also publishes an audio news report using simple language, with some extra materials to help you practise and improve your reading, writing and listening skills. These include vocabulary lists for you to read before you listen and fill-in-the-blank worksheets to check your understanding.



While this isn’t actually designed for English Language learners, it’s another excellent resource. Newsround is produced for CBBC, the children’s branch of the BBC, and it tells most of the same news stories, only in simple, engaging language that’s aimed towards young people.

If your level of English is higher than this, or you want to push yourself, there are hundreds of great English-language news websites to choose from. Here are a few to get you started:



The BBC is respected all over the world and is one of the best places to get started with English language news. That’s because it covers stories from every country in the world and offers news in video and written article format, as well as many excellent radio shows and podcasts. It also tries hard to be impartial (meaning that it doesn’t automatically support one side over the other) and uses clear, direct language and short sentences. Plus, there are often extra resources and links to give you background information on the story or country in the report.



This is another huge news resource that covers lots of different types of stories from all over the world. The language used is quite casual and conversational, too.



Vice is famous for telling stories about topics that are controversial or that don’t usually get reported. It also covers pop culture, music and food. The style is very informal, which makes it engaging and fairly easy to read.

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