LEARNING STRATEGY: Summarize
STANDARDS: Communication 1.2, 1.3, Connections 3.2

HEADLINE NEWS FROM EGYPT

Language:Any language. Example in Arabic.

Proficiency Level: Intermediate; Advanced

Brief description of the activity: Students will read several articles in an Arabic newspaper from Egypt. After reading, students will summarize the day's events based on the stories they have read.

Objectives:

  1. Students will develop skills needed to read target culture newspaper articles.
  2. Students will become acquainted with news sources in Arabic, specifically, an Egyptian newspaper.

Language focus: Reading, Writing

Materials:Print or Electronic Arabic-language newspapers from Egypt

Procedures:

  1. Introduce the content
    Explain that students will be reading the day's news stories (in print or online) in an Egyptian newspaper. After reading, students are going to summarize the day's events in writing based on the stories they have read.
  2. Introduce and model the learning strategy
    Describe the concept of a summary and identify the elements that make up an effective summary (i.e. the main idea and several major supporting points). Give an example of summary from a news article they read last week. Explain that you have read the whole article and it is about a big thunderstorm that caused traffic problems yesterday. Ask learners if they think that you have covered all of the relevant details.

    Explain the importance of being able to take a long written or spoken passage and transform it into a short, concise statement. Summarizing is an effective learning strategy that helps students focus their attention to find the principal points in a written text and then helps them to remember these points by writing them down in an organized format.
  3. Practice
    Have learners read the article discuss the main points with a partner. Then have them write a summary individually.

Expansion

  1. Extend this lesson by having learners complete enjoyable activities such as putting together a poster illustrating the main point of each news story, creating a web page with the news headlines, or performing a mock TV news broadcast with students as journalists reporting the news.
  2. Extend this lesson by having learners complete enjoyable activities such as putting together a poster illustrating the main point of each news story, creating a web page with the news headlines, or performing a mock TV news broadcast with students as journalists reporting the news.
  3. With a partner, have them summarize a TV program or movie they have seen recently.

Teacher Resources (to help teacher enhance activity):
CNN has an Arabic version of its news website at http://arabic.cnn.com. CNN also publishes this site in English, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese, and Korean, accessible from the homepage at www.cnn.com. The BBC also has Arabic news stories on its website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/us/languages.shtml/