Hello fellow italkers :)
As I get to know more students here, I am finding that many of them are interested specifically in guided conversational English sessions. I'm trying to brainstorm some good sources for discussion, as a few of my students are specifically interested in reading short pieces, or watching short videos, and then learning to discuss more abstract topics. Here's what I have so far. I'd really like some ideas for more sources!
-Youtube-- I think this would be really good for amateur video viewing and a pop culture discussion. There are also pieces of some very good out-of-copyright documentaries and other cultural education pieces I've found there.
-Hulu-- Same idea as youtube, but with full television shows and the like. I have one Russian student who seems very into American television, especially sitcoms and comedy shows. I think I'd like to have him watch an episode of The Office or something like that, and use that as a topic for discussion.
-Short Stories-- There are so many websites for these, I just tend to google whatever short story I need and I can usually find a reasonable copy of it. Where I am having some trouble is finding level-appropriate materials for each kind of English learner. I taught high school English literature for 4 years, but I'm afraid not all of my students are ready for that level of reading.
-News articles-- I know that news articles tend to be a good source of discussion. They are not often overly complex, or verbose, and very literal, so getting information from them shouldn't be too taxing.
Thanks for sharing your info :)
I think if someone knew something in his own language and then saw it in English,it would be so useful and interesting to him...like I see the news (briefly) and then watch them in English! :)