Just to compensate for being so rubbish at posting…. 2 in one day!
I was reminded of this idea when I posted about the magazine activity. It’s a nice little warmer/filler or even use towards the end as a competition to finish on a high.
Buy enough copies of the same magazine/newspaper so each pair of students has a copy in your class. Then create a short quiz about stories in the paper, and the students have to use scan read the article to find the answers.
If there is a story unemployment, a questions could be “how many people are unemployed?”
If there is a picture of Brad Pitt, you could ask “what is the name of Brad Pitt’s new film?”
Obviously the answer has to be in the story, it’s not a general knowledge quiz!
The students then have to flick through the paper and find where the story is (you could include page numbers if you were feeling generous) using headlines and pictures to guide them, then they have to look for specific information.
I tried a similar exercise with an IELTS class, as they were having trouble with the reading section of their exam as they would laboriously read every single word to find an answer and then ran out of time!