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|ELT Media Bibliography|
Only books directly of value to teachers in the classroom are given here. Most are in the British Council British Studies Resource Points.
The Newspapers unit by Anna Tomczak has a range of useful activities linking language with culture, notably on the stylistic features of articles and headlines
· Sanderson P 1999 Using Newspapers in the classroom CUP
Probably the most comprehensive - giving a wide range of activities and discussion on every aspect of a newspaper including photographs/ adverts/ horoscopes/ problem page/ cartoons/ weather forecasts
· Grundy P 1993 Newspapers OUP
One of the Resource Books for Teachers series - many ways of using newspapers for language outcomes many of them adaptable for cultural and intercultural outcomes
A variety of newspaper items are found in a number of activities scattered through this book including housing adverts, an agony column, headlines, photos, lost & found, job adverts and news articles. Despite the title not all are cultural exercises, and a number muddle the US and the UK, but the activities can nevertheless be stimulating.
British Studies textbooks
Good for statistics
Essential Articles Carel Press, Carlisle www.carelpress.co.uk
New volumes appear every two-three years - seven so far - check the website
The fully-indexed loose-leaf volumes of the Carel Press Essential Articles series give a wide range of original articles from UK newspapers. Some volumes in the British Council resource points are a little dated now but perhaps more up-to-date volumes will be added (at least three more have been produced). Their great value is the Detailed Contents at the front of each edition enabling you to find exactly what you are looking for - this helps overcome the greatest weakness in using newspapers as a source. In addition there are brief introductions to most articles and Teachers’ Notes at the back of each volume suggesting activities for the articles included.
In their own words:
Essential Articles is a unique resource for issues and controversies providing accessible, copiable articles to support the whole curriculum and for research in the library. Over 250 issues are covered from a wealth of viewpoints and sources. Serious writing is balanced by a rich variety of cartoons and humorous pieces. To ensure diversity, articles are taken from both broadsheets and tabloids, as well as many magazines both well known and relatively obscure. Many users have commented how valuable and speedy Essential Articles is, with its carefully selected articles on a great range of subjects. Some compared it, for example, to the Internet where a bewildering, variety of information, can lead to lengthy searches, and false trails.
They are selected from within the UK for use in schools and in consequence the articles are perhaps not what non-natives need or want. The shared knowledge and experience of UK society is presumed and often necessary for comprehension - only a brief introductory comment is given. The series has a reputation for taking a pessimistic view in its selection (“a catalogue of national neuroses”), however there are many valuable articles on long-term issues (informing those living in the UK of changes in its own society), useful photographs, some delightful drawings and interesting cartoons.
ELT Journal review comments
A fuller review by Ewa Komorowska can be found in ELT Journal Volume 56/1, January 2002 based on her Polish experience of using them in a Liceum classroom (in Alan Pulverness et al. "Survey: Resource materials for social, cultural, and political issues"). Here are a couple of quotations:
Students will not only benefit by learning new vocabulary and expressions, but also by gaining access to new information
… as a teacher from a so-called ‘former communist’ country, I try hard to be law-abiding … for many years we have been used to not paying the least attention to copyright issues. It came as an enormous relief to me therefore to find that the articles in this volume can be copied ‘… within the purchasing school, college or library’. Copying will no longer be an offence but a right of which I can take full advantage.
How to use Essential Articles
In Volume 3 pp 383-386 Ideas for Using Essential Articles can be found with a variety of outline activities for use in schools + some actual examples based on articles in the volume
At the end of Volume 3 is a series of very revealing Special articles on the Media including:
The British Studies Now bibliography has an annotated list of further books on the media but there is no guarantee they will be available in Poland
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