In my previous blog post, I wrote about Substack and Canva as newsletter creation tools. I think newsletters can be a powerful tool in the English language classroom. By getting creative and thinking outside the box, we can use newsletters to improve our students’ language skills and keep them engaged in the classroom. Here are 5 creative ways to use newsletters in ELT:
Class Newsletters: Create class newsletters based on their interests and language needs.
Reading Comprehension: Use newsletters as authentic materials for reading comprehension exercises. This will help students practice their reading skills while also exposing them to real-world English.
Writing Practice: Use newsletters as a way for students to practise their writing skills. This can be done by having students write short articles, letters to each issue, or even they can start their own newsletter.
Vocabulary Building: Add a “Word of the Day” section in your newsletter where students can learn new vocabulary words in context.
Archive: We can use newsletters as an archive of class updates, announcements, and students’ works, which can be accessed by students, parents, and other teachers later on. As creativity is contagious, previous posts written by other students can serve as models. You can also use these previous tools while brainstorming ideas for their projects.