Discussing the news: student-led activities

Can you think of a local news story with an interesting debate or perspectives within it? As part of our online teacher-training course, Teaching the news, this Headline lesson helps you build confidence in bringing the news into your classroom.


Students will lead themselves through a series of fun debate activities to warm up for a debate you choose on the news.

This resource was created as part of an online teacher-training course: Teaching the news. The course has been created by The Economist Educational Foundation with support from Infosys. The Economist Educational Foundation maintained full editorial control.

About this lesson

Use this one-hour Headline lesson to help your students:

  • Develop speaking and listening skills through lively debates
  • Discuss different perspectives on a local news story
  • Build confidence speaking clearly and effectively

This lesson develops the following skill:

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