|news headlines, using monolingual dictionaries||difficult, 30 mins
|preparing cards, finding headlines||
monolingual learner’s dictionary, “Behind the Headlines” (regular section in Business Spotlight magazine), current business newspapers, news app or laptop/tablet with internet connection
- Cut out five headlines from a recent newspaper. (Or, on separate cards, write the headlines from online news sites.) Put them face up on the table.
- Ask your student to choose a headline. Discuss possible meanings. Encourage your student to use the dictionary to look up the words. Highlight the various definitions for the words listed and discuss whether the journalist/editor may have wanted to suggest more than one meaning in the headline.
- If you have access to the Internet, search for information on any companies or people referred to in the headlines.
- Ask your student to write a short, simple English explanation for the headline.
- Repeat the procedure above for at least one more headline.
- Finally, look for headlines with similar structures in newspapers, on news apps or online.
- Alternatively, write on separate cards a selection of headlines from "Behind the headlines", a regular section in Business Spotlight, and repeat the procedure as above. Compare your student's simple explanation to the ones in the magazine.
Deputy editor, Business Spotlight