Current Events Trivia
for the ESL Classroom
When it comes to language learning, my main philosophy is that language is meant for communication above all else. Not to take an exam, not to demand perfect grammar at all times and definitely not to practice the present simple vs. the present continuous every single year forever and ever, amen.
Language is for communication.
Which is why I always try to keep my lessons relevant, interesting and tailored to the students of any particular group.
My specialty is secondary school and to get them warmed up, I start off every lesson with small talk about what they did over the weekend, what exams and projects they´re doing in their other classes, if they’ve seen X sports match, Y new flick in the cinema or Z on the nightly news. It keeps the classroom atmosphere relaxed and communicative, shows them the value of communication in their second language and inspires them to search for vocabulary they don’t typically use at school.
This year, I’ve been blessed with a bunch of teens who take an active interest in world news and happenings, so I’ve decided to do a roundup of current events trivia at the end of each month to test their memories and encourage discussions about what’s going on this big blue dot of ours.
Each month will be a little bit different to keep students engaged and keep them from getting bored. Some months I´ll provide the questions, sometimes I´ll provide only images so they must formulate the questions, and sometimes I´ll provide news magazines and they´ll have to search for interesting current events and create their own questions.
I use current events from all over the world, but as I teach high school and secondary students in Spain, I always use local current events in addition to the biggies in the USA. I find this keeps them interested and keeps the task relevant. If you´re teaching in another country, I highly recommend you add questions relevant to your students´ community, culture and interests.
Thanks for reading and as always, comments are always appreciated! These slides take time and effort and I´m not (yet!!) making money off this little baby blog, so I´d love to hear what you think and if your students have enjoyed the activity 😊.
2018 Current Events Trivia
Recommended age: 15 years and older
Recommended English Level: Intermediate B1 and higher
December 2018 & January 2019 Current Events Trivia for Teens
Sorry to disappoint, but I´ve decided to give current events a skip over the holidays as there are so many other big events that it just doesn´t fit into my classroom calendar.
Not to fear though! I´ve got plenty of Christmas, New Year, MLK and Super Bowl activities stockpiled to do instead.
🎄 ESL & EFL Christmas Crafts, Games & Activities (coming soon) 🎄
🐉Chinese New Year in the EFL Classroom (coming soon!)🐉
🗳️ What were the results of Andalucia´s controversial elections?
🎄What classic Christmas film was given a makeover and released for the holidays?
🦸 What beloved comic creator will be making super heroes in the sky?
Test your students´knowledge of current events with the November 2018 Current Events trivia edition. This month I´ve included two version in the link: an easier version similar to last months´ trivia and a more challenging version in which students will need to practice formulating their own questions. The first slide is an easy Thanksgiving question so they can get an idea for how the game works with a topic we covered just last week and is fresh in their minds.
How to Play
- Each slide will first show an image
- In groups, students must decide what question s being asked based on that image (2 points)
- Another group answers the base question (1 point)
- Once the question is answered, students can ask any additional relevant questions (2 points).
- An image is shown of the wildfires in California
- Student decides the question is ¨What natural disaster is shown in this image?¨
- Another group answers
- Any group can ask additional question such as ¨If this is California, what body of water is shown in the image?¨(Pacific Ocean), ¨If this is a fire, what can we see in the sky¨(smoke), ¨What are the people in the cars doing?¨ (evacuating).
- Once students run out of questions, I ask any additional questions relevant to the image or current event such as, ¨What other natural disasters happened last month?¨, ¨Where in the Canary Islands did we have a wildfire last year? (San Mateo, Gran Canaria).
Also, don´t forget to check out these other November lesson plans & activities!
⚾ Who competed in and won the World Series?
⚰️What’s the drama surrounding the remains of Spain’s deceased former dictator?
👯 What 90’s girl band is reuniting for a comeback tour?
Test your students’ knowledge about all the latest current events – from pop to political and sports to celeb gossip!
You might also be interested in these October lesson plans and activities…
Love & light and sunny vibes from the Canaries,