Use of learning platforms in efl/ esl teaching

Nowadays technology is becoming an integral part of human life both in professional and personal spheres. Use of different learning platforms for teaching English has a wide sphere of application as it gives indisputable advantages to both language teachers and language learners.

Under learning platforms most people understand the Internet which is considered as an inexhaustible source of available authentic

materials and free ready-made resources that may be used by teachers for preparation to different types of classes, for challenging students, for making teaching-and-learning process interesting and more informative, and for increasing learners’ intrinsic motivation. It is also a way of bringing the outside world into the classroom. One of the most interesting learning platforms for teaching English is Breaking News English.

Breaking News English (http://www. breakingnewsenglish. com) is a site containing free, ready-to-use EFL / ESL lesson plans on the latest breaking news in 7 levels (from elementary to advanced) based on the themes “Business English”, “Environment”, “Health”, “Issues”, “Lifestyle”, “People/Gossip”, and “Technology”.

New lessons are uploaded every 2 days. Each lesson includes a 26-page PDF document containing all-skills activities, a 2-page minilesson, 5-speed listening, multi-speed scrolled reading, interactive dictation, more than 30 online quizzes and more other activities. All lessons are based on stories currently in the news as the world's news breaks. There are graded listening with each lesson. Listening files in British and North American English can be downloaded in mp3 format or subscribed to via a podcast. Classroom handouts are readily reproducible.

Let’s reveal the advantages of this learning platform on the example of the text “Jennifer Lopez won't sing World Cup song” (added on the 12th June, 2014) which students can read or listen to in three levels (Level 0, Level 1, Level 2):

American singer Jennifer Lopez was supposed to perform the official song at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Brazil. However, her agent told FIFA (the organizers of the tournament) that she has pulled out. The agent said: "Regretfully, Jennifer Lopez will not be attending this year's World Cup opening ceremonies." Neither the star nor her agent gave a specific reason why, but said it was due to "production issues". Lopez was going to join the rapper Pitbull and Brazilian star Claudia Leitte onstage ahead of the opening game between hosts Brazil and Croatia.

FIFA announced on its website that the song, "We Are One (Ole Ola)," would now be sung just by Pitbull and Ms Leitte.

The World Cup song has been a tradition since the 1966 World Cup in England. In recent World Cups, people have been unhappy that the song has not represented the country hosting the competition. At the South Africa World Cup in 2010, the Colombian singer Shakira sang the official song. In 1998, Puerto Rican star Ricky Martin sang the song for the France World Cup. Many Brazilians do not like the 2014 song. They say it has a weak Brazilian rhythm, is mainly performed by nonBrazilian musicians and is sung largely in Spanish and English, with a few seconds of Portuguese at the end. Brazilian composer and music critic Leonardo Martinelli said the song has been "stripped of local colour".

WARM-UPS ACTIVITIES are the following:

  1. THE WORLD CUP: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about the World Cup. Change partners often and share your findings.
  2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

perform / official song / pulled out / opening ceremony / specific reason / hosts / tradition / unhappy / competition / rhythm / musicians / composer / music critic

Have a chat about the topics you liked.

Change topics and partners frequently.

OPENING CEREMONY: What could these people do or say at the opening ceremony of the Brazil World Cup? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

    1. OFFICIAL SONG: Students A strongly believe the World Cup needs an official song; Students B strongly believe it does-

n't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

    1. WORLD CUP STUFF: Rank these

with your partner. Put the things the World Cup needs most at the top. Change partners

often and share your rankings.

    1. FOOTBALL: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "football". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different

categories.

Before reading / listening to the text students are suggested to do the following tasks:

  1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).
  2. Jennifer Lopez was to sing Brazil's national anthem at the World Cup. T / F
  3. Ms Lopez told organizers why she would not be able to sing. T / F
  4. Lopez was going to sing onstage with two other people. T / F
  5. The official song will now be sung just by a Brazilian singer. T / F
  6. The tradition of a World Cup song started in England in 1966. T / F
  7. People say a singer from the host nation should sing the official song. T / F
  8. Brazilians are unhappy the 2014 song has so little Portuguese in it. T / F
  9. A Brazilian singer said the song is full of Brazilian colour. T / F
  10. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

1.

supposed to

a.

made it known

2

agent

b.

holding

3.

pulled out

c.

exact

4.

specific

d.

withdrew

5.

announced

e.

poor

6.

tradition

f.

meant to

7.

hosting

g.

mostly

8.

weak

h.

custom

9.

mainly

i.

removed

10.

stripped

j.

representative

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

1.

Lopez was supposed to

a.

attending

2

the organisers

b.

since the 1966 World Cup

3.

Lopez will not be

c.

critic

4.

Neither the star nor her agent gave

d.

hosting the competition

5.

the opening game between

e.

non-Brazilian musicians

6.

a tradition

f.

perform the official song

7.

represented the country

g.

hosts Brazil and Croatia

8.

mainly performed by

h.

a specific reason why

9.

music

i.

"stripped of local colour"

10.

the song has been

j.

of the tournament

GAP FILL

American singer Jennifer Lopez was supposed to (1) the official song at the opening (2) of the World Cup in Brazil.

However, her agent told FIFA (the organisers of the tournament) that she has

  1. out. The agent said: "Regretfully, Jennifer Lopez will not

Specific Ahead Attending Perform

be (4) this year's World Cup opening ceremonies." Neither the star nor her agent gave a (5) reason why, but said it was

(6) to "production issues". Lopez was going to join the rapper Pitbull and Brazilian star Claudia Leitte onstage (7) of the opening game between hosts Brazil and Croatia. FIFA (8) on its website that the song, "We Are One (Ole Ola)," would now be sung just by Pitbull and Ms Leitte.

Announced Ceremony Due Pulled

The World Cup song has been a (9) since the 1966 World Cup in England. In (10) World Cups, people have been unhappy that the song has not (11) the country hosting the competition. At the South Africa World Cup in 2010, the Colombian singer Shakira sang the (12) song. In 1998, Puerto Rican star Ricky Martin sang the song for the France World Cup. Many Brazilians do not like the 2014 song. They say it has a weak Brazilian (13) , is mainly performed by non-Brazilian musicians and is sung (14)

in Spanish and English, with a few seconds of Portuguese at the end. Brazilian composer and music (15) Leonardo Martinelli said the song has been "(16) of local colour".

While listening to the text students are to guess the answers.

  1. Lopez was supposed to perform the official song at the
    1. open in ceremony
    2. opening ceremony
    3. opened in ceremony
    4. openings ceremony
  2. her agent told FIFA (the organisers of )…
    1. the tournament
    2. the torment
    3. the tour ornament
    4. the tournaments
  3. Neither the star nor her agent gave a
    1. specifics reason why
    2. specifically reason why
    3. specify reason why
    4. specific reason why
  4. it was due to " "
    1. productions issues
    2. production tissues
    3. production issues
    4. productions tissues
  5. onstage ahead of the opening game between Croatia
    1. hosts Brazil and
    2. host Brazil and
    3. ghosts Brazil and
    4. hoists Brazil and
  6. The World Cup song has been a tradition
    1. since 1986
    2. since 1976
    3. since 1966
    4. since 1996
  7. They say it has a weak
    1. Brazilian rhythm
    2. Brazilian rhythms
    3. Brazilian rhythmic
    4. Brazil and rhythm
  8. mainly performed by non-Brazilian musicians and is sung and English
    1. large lying Spanish
    2. large laying Spanish
    3. largely in Spanish
    4. largely on Spanish
  9. Brazilian composer and
    1. music critics
    2. music creature
    3. music critique
    4. music critic
  10. Leonardo Martinelli said the song has been "stripped _ "
    1. of local colours
    2. of locally colour
    3. of local colour
    4. of locals colour

Other LISTENING activities are the following:

Listen and fill in the gaps

song. They say it has a (10)

, is mainly performed by non-Brazilian musicians and (11)

American singer Jennifer Lopez (1) Spanish and English,

perform the official song at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Brazil. However, her agent told FIFA

with a few seconds of Portuguese at the end. Brazilian composer and music critic Leonardo Martinelli said the song has been "(12)

(the organizers of the tournament) that she has colour". pulled out. The agent said: "Regretfully, Jen-

nifer Lopez (2) this year's World Cup opening ceremonies.(3)

her agent gave a (4)

, but said it was due to "production issues". Lopez was going to join the rapper Pitbull and Brazilian star Claudia Leitte onstage (5) opening game between hosts Brazil and Croatia. FIFA (6) website that the song, "We Are One (Ole Ola)," would now be sung just by Pitbull and Ms Leitte.

The World Cup song has been (7)

the 1966 World Cup in England. In recent World Cups, people have been unhappy that the song has not represented (8) the competition. At the South Africa World Cup in 2010, the Colombian singer Shakira sang the official song. In 1998, Puerto Rican star Ricky Martin

(9) the France World Cup. Many Brazilians do not like the 2014

COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

  1. At which part of the World Cup was Jennifer Lopez due to sing?
  2. Who told the organizers that Jennifer Lopez would not be singing?
  3. What reason did Ms Lopez give for pulling out?
  4. How many people were going to sing the official song?
  5. What is the nationality of the woman who will sing the song?
  6. When did World Cups first have an official song?
  7. At which World Cup did a Colombian sing the official song?
  8. Who sang the official song at France 1998?
  9. How much Portuguese is in the 2014 official song?
  10. What did a music critic say the 2014 song is missing?

MULTIPLE CHOICE – QUIZ

  1. At which part of the World Cup was Jennifer Lopez due to sing?
    1. at a press conference
    2. the opening ceremony
    3. the end of the opening game
    4. the half-time entertainment
  2. Who told the organisers that Jennifer Lopez would not be singing?
    1. the press
    2. the FIFA boss
    3. she told them herself
    4. her agent
  3. What reason did Ms Lopez give for pulling out?
    1. no reason
    2. stage fright
    3. sore throat
    4. she had an argument with rapper Pitbull
  4. How many people were going to sing the official song?
    1. 1
    2. 2
    3. 3
    4. 4
  5. When did World Cups first have an official song?

a) 1966

b) 1976

c) 1986

d) 1996

  1. At which World Cup did a Colombian sing the official song?

a) 1998

b) 2006

c) 2010

d) 2002

  1. Who sang the official song at France 1998?
    1. Ricky Martin
    2. Pele
    3. Michael Jackson
    4. Daft Punk
  2. How much Portuguese is in the 2014 official song?
    1. a few seconds
    2. half
    3. three versus and a chorus
    4. none
  3. What is the nationality of the woman who 10. What did a music critic say the 2014 song

will sing the song?

    1. South African
    2. Brazilian
    3. Spanish
    4. American

is missing?

  1. soul
  2. trumpets
  3. the chord C
  4. local colour

ROLE PLAY

Role A – An official song

You think an official song is the most important thing in a World Cup. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): a mascot, half-time entertainment or instant video replays.

Role B – A mascot

You think a mascot is the most important thing in a World Cup. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): an official song, half-time entertainment or instant video replays.

Role C – Half-time entertainment

You think half-time entertainment is the most important thing in a World Cup. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): a mascot, an official song or instant video replays.

Role D – Instant video replays

You think instant video replays are the most important thing in a World Cup. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): a mascot, half-time entertainment or an official song.

After READING / LISTENING to the text students may do the following activities:

    1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words 'official' and 'song'.

  • Share your findings with your partners.
  • Make questions using the words you found.
  • Ask your partner / group your ques-

ing…?

  1. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.
  2. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

tions.

  1. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look

back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

  • Share your questions with other classmates / groups.
  • Ask your partner / group your ques-

tions.

  1. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learn-

THE WORLD CUP SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about the World Cup in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

STUDENT 2

STUDENT 3

Q.1.

     

Q.2.

     

Q.3.

     

Q.4.

     

Q.5.

     
  • Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found out. Change partners often.
  • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

THE WORLD CUP DISCUSSION

STUDENT A's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

  1. What did you think when you read the headline?
  2. What comes into your mind when you hear the word 'football'?
  3. Which is the better word, 'football' or 'soccer'?
  4. What do you think of Jennifer Lopez pulling out?
  5. How important is it to have stars at the opening ceremony?
  6. Why does the World Cup need an official song?
  7. Why do you think J-Lo pulled out?
  8. What do you think of the FIFA World Cup?
  9. Is the FIFA World Cup the world's greatest sporting event?

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STUDENT B's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

  1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
  2. Should the official World Cup song be sung by someone from the host nation?
  3. Should there be an official football song sung at all World Cups?
  4. Why do you think a Colombian sang the South Africa World Cup song?
  5. Should the Brazil World Cup song be in Portuguese?
  6. Is it better for these events to have no songs and mascots?
  7. What does Leonardo Martinelli mean by "stripped of local colour"?
  8. How much of the World Cup will you watch?
  9. What questions would you like to ask the head of FIFA?

DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

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STUDENT B's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

LANGUAGE – CLOZE

American singer Jennifer Lopez was (1) to perform the official song at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Brazil. How-

The World Cup song has been a (7) since the 1966 World Cup in England. In recent World Cups, people have been unhappy that the song has not represented the country (8)

ever, her agent told FIFA (the organisers of the competition. At the South Africa

the tournament) that she has (2) out. The agent said: "Regretfully, Jennifer Lopez will not be (3) this year's World Cup opening ceremonies." Neither the star nor her agent gave a specific reason (4) , but said it was due to "production issues". Lopez was going to join the rapper Pitbull and Brazilian star Claudia Leitte onstage (5) of the opening game between hosts Brazil and Croatia. FIFA announced on its website that the song, "We Are One (Ole Ola)," would now be sung (6)

by Pitbull and Ms Leitte.

World Cup in 2010, the Colombian singer Shakira sang the official song. In 1998, Puerto Rican star Ricky Martin sang the song for the France World Cup. Many Brazilians do not like the 2014 song. They say it has a weak Brazilian (9) , is mainly performed by non-Brazilian musicians and is sung (10) in Spanish and English, with a (11) seconds of Portuguese at the end. Brazilian composer and music critic Leonardo Martinelli said the song has been "(12) of local colour".

Put the correct words from the table below in the above article.

1. (a)

supposedly

(b)

supposes

(c)

supposed

(d)

supposing

2. (a)

pulled

(b)

pushed

(c)

piled

(d)

pooled

3. (a)

attending

(b)

attended

(c)

attendance

(d)

attends

4. (a)

why

(b)

when

(c)

what

(d)

where

5. (a)

prior

(b)

pre

(c)

forward

(d)

ahead

6. (a)

sole

(b)

fair

(c)

alone

(d)

just

7. (a)

tradition

(b)

heritage

(c)

routine

(d)

belief

8. (a)

hosts

(b)

hosted

(c)

hostage

(d)

hosting

9. (a)

rhythm

(b)

rhyming

(c)

rhythmic

(d)

rhythmical

10. (a)

hugely

(b)

largely

(c)

enormously

(d)

highly

11. (a)

two

(b)

few

(c)

through

(d)

big

12. (a)

vvvvv

(b)

striped

(c)

strapped

(d)

 

The site also has a number of SPELLING exercises, e.g.

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

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( ) like the 2014 song. They say it has a weak Brazilian rhythm, is mainly performed ( ) song. In 1998, Puerto Rican star Ricky Martin sang the song for the France World

Cup. Many Brazilians do not

( ) between hosts Brazil and Croatia. FIFA announced on its website that the song, "We Are One

( ) nor her agent gave a specific reason why, but said it was due to "production issues".

Lopez was going to

( ) join the rapper Pitbull and Brazilian star Claudia Leitte onstage ahead of the opening game

( 1 ) end. Brazilian composer and music critic Leonardo Martinelli said the song has been "stripped of local colour".

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PUT THE WORDS IN THE RIGHT ORDER

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PUNCTUATE THE TEXT AND ADD CAPITALS

american singer jennifer lopez was supposed to perform the official song at the opening ceremony of the world cup in brazil however her agent told fifa (the organisers of the tournament) that she has pulled out the agent said "regretfully jennifer lopez will not be attending this year's world cup opening ceremonies" neither the star nor her agent gave a specific reason why but said it was due to "production issues" lopez was going to join the rapper pitbull and brazilian star claudia leitte onstage ahead of the opening game between hosts brazil and croatia fifa announced on its website that the song "we are one (ole ola)" would now be sung just by pitbull and ms leitte

the world cup song has been a tradition since the 1966 world cup in england in recent world cups people have been unhappy that the song has not represented the country hosting the competition at the south africa world cup in 2010 the colombian singer shakira sang the official song in 1998 puerto rican star ricky martin sang the song for the france world cup many brazilians do not like the 2014 song they say it has a weak brazilian rhythm is mainly performed by non-brazilian musicians and is sung largely in spanish and english with a few seconds of portuguese at the end brazilian composer and music critic leonardo martinelli said the song has been "stripped of local colour"

PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

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owbesungjustby PitbullandMsLeitte. TheWorldCupsonghasbeenatradition sincethe 1966WorldCupinEngland.InrecentWorldCups, peoplehavebeenu

nhappy thatthesonghasnotrepresentedthecountryhostingthecompetition. A ttheSouthAfricaWorldCupin2010,theColombian singerShakirasangtheoffic ialsong.In1998, PuertoRicanstarRickyMartinsangthesongfortheFrance Wo rld Cup.Many Braziliansdonotlikethe 2014song.TheysayithasaweakBrazilia nrhythm, ismainlyperformedbynon-Brazi lianmusiciansandissunglargelyinS panishandEnglish,withafewsecondsofPortugueseattheend.Br aziliancomp oserandmusiccriticLeonardoMartinellisaidthesonghasbeen"strippedofloca lcolour".

The site contains ideas for FREE WRITING (e.g. Write about the World Cup for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner's paper) and ACADEMIC WRITING (e.g. There should be no official songs and mascots for the World Cup. Discuss).

Teachers can also find here HOMEWORK ideas and ANSWER KEYS:

  1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
  2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about the World Cup opening ceremony. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
  3. THE WORLD CUP: Make a poster about the World Cup. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
  4. WORLD CUP SONG: Write a magazine article about the World Cup song. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

  1. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
  2. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on the World Cup. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to make it better. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

 

REFERENCES

  1. http:// www.breakin gnewsenglish. com (referred on June 18, 2014)
  2. http://www. Breakingne wsenglish. com/ about.html (referred on June 18, 2014)
  3. http:// www. Breaking new senglish. com/ book. html (referred on June 18, 2014)
  4. http:// www. Breaking new seng lish.com/ 1403-1406.html (referred on June 18, 2014)
  5. http:// www. Breaking new senglish. com/ 1406/ 140612-world-cup-song. html (referred on June 18, 2014
Year: 2014
City: Oskemen
Category: Philosophy