Teacher Review For Newseum

Rich Resource for Authentic Foreign Language News

Rachel M.
Classroom teacher
Cornell Senior High School
Coraopolis, PA
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My Grades 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects World Languages
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
The Newseum's "Front Pages" section is fantastic. It provides today's front pages from countries all over the world, and ultimately links to the websites of those newspapers. My advanced Spanish students used this as a starting point for a news broadcast project. I wanted them to choose current events in Hispanic countries to research. It was important to me that the sources used were credible and authentic Spanish-language sites. Some links to the full version websites of the newspapers did not work. Also, some countries that students were interested in were not included in the Newseum's selection. It was a great opportunity to talk about why those partnerships might not exist, censorship in other countries, etc.
My Take
For authentic sources in a variety of languages, this is a very rich resource. I know that this is not the most conventional way to use the website in school, but for my content area, it is a goldmine! In order to use it in the way described above, teachers need to give very clear instructions as to the goal of using the website. As I stated, for us, it was a starting point to research current events in Hispanic countries. So, this gave students an idea of the current events, practice in the target language, and a website for an authentic news resource which they could use to investigate further. (Students ultimately created a news broadcast based on their findings.) In addition, students would need strong vocabulary and language skills if teachers choose to use "front pages" that are not in English. (There are dozens of papers in English, as well.) This would be a great way for students to learn about biases in countries because they can read about the same news topic as reported in a variety of countries. When using this for "open investigation", it could be tough for learners who require a lot of support. I would recommend that teachers provide a specific focus with guiding steps for those learners instead of simply letting them explore until they meet the goal of the assignment. It would be way too broad for many students.