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“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”
–Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), American statesman and 3rd President of the United States
Are you seeking an informative, practical resource to help improve your beginner/intermediate ESL students’ reading comprehension skills? If so, we highly recommend Easy English Times. Edited by Lorraine Ruston and published by Betty Malmgren, this savvy newspaper works wonderfully as a supplementary classroom resource.
What’s in each issue?
Brief, unbiased summaries on current events are straightforward and fact-driven, with highlighted vocabulary words and follow-up activities that test student understanding and observational skills. With additional movie reviews, citizenship information, and reader-submitted success stories, the Easy English Times remains a fun and enlightening educational resource for English language learners.
Makes learning English “A Breeze”
We at Chimayo Press are not only long-time fans, but also contributors. Each new issue highlights a passage from It’s A Breeze, our collection of lively lessons on American idioms. Students are provided with clear definitions, sample sentences and a short reading on one of the book’s 42 featured idioms to improve their understanding of common conversational English. With additional features that test speaking skills and reading comprehension, Easy English Times helps make American news and other media – especially sports –more accessible while encouraging students to become more autotelic.
More advanced students may begin reading papers like the New York Times, but for the beginning and intermediate learners, the Easy English Times is a great starting place.
Where do I sign up?
If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and visit the homepage for a free sample issue. If you find that your students enjoy the mix of current events, reader submissions and classroom activities, then we hope you’ll consider ordering for the year.
Do you use newspapers to supplement your English lessons? What articles and activities have your students found most engaging?