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Why did you introduce First News Education into your school?

Having newly arrived in this large French high school, I was surprised by the lack of authentic resources in English available to the student body. As I was already familiar with the benefits of the First News weekly newspaper, I immediately understood that First News Education provided the perfect solution to this problem.

The nature of the English exam in the new French baccalaureate in Year 12, now places more emphasis on cultural understanding of Anglophone countries and thus First News is an excellent way of transmitting British culture in a fun and enriching way.

How are you using First News newspaper and the iHub with your classes?

With years 9 and 10, we often go to the IT room and the students in teams have half the lesson to select and prepare a short oral presentation on an article they have enjoyed on iHub and then they present to the class. Otherwise, they can read an article and prepare their own comprehension questions and give their version to another team to work on and see who can be first finished.

Years 8 to 11 have access to the iHub to enrich their language (ESL), increase their familiarity with reading texts exclusively in English and, most importantly, enhance their understanding of contemporary British culture. Students who already have a solid grasp of the language (B1 towards B2) genuinely enjoy using the iHub. Students in years 7, 8 and 9 need more help in understanding the language and often need detailed explanation of the cultural implications of certain issues or articles.

“The reaction has been overwhelmingly positive to this learning tool. I notice that the students who are already anglophiles become incredibly motivated, even competitive, and use the iHub on a regular basis”

 

Where has First News Education provided the most value for your school?

Transmission of culture, as reading articles in English has boosted the confidence of the pupils, while 
simultaneously enabling them to have a deeper understanding of modern British culture. The emphasis on animal stories, environment stories and interviews are the three most popular types of article that are read. The debates have also been on topics that the students are keen to express their opinion.

What results did you see?

By and large the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive to this learning tool. I notice that the students who are already anglophiles become incredibly motivated, even competitive, and use the iHub on a regular basis. The iHub is quite simply a fun, easy and interactive tool that helps French native speakers to explore and better understand the UK in an authentic manner. In doing so, they increase in confidence and improve their accuracy level without even realising that their vocabulary is becoming increasingly rich.

“The iHub is quite simply a fun, easy and interactive tool that helps French native speakers to explore and better understand the UK in an authentic manner. In doing so, they increase in confidence and improve their accuracy level without even realising that their vocabulary is becoming increasingly rich”

Get full, unlimited access to all activities and features on the iHub during a free 30 day trial, including:

  • Differentiated activities, automatically tailored to students’ reading levels
  • An interactive interface to engage students, driving interest and focus
  • Your own reporting dashboard to measure pupil and class progress
  • Automatic marking of multiple-choice questions, saving you valuable time
  • Points and badges to reward achievements, motivating pupils through their progress
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