Learning with the Bangkok Post
The Bangkok Post’s online paper and online editions give learners a great opportunity to find out about what’s happening in our world and to learn a lot of English at the same time.
This new channel on the Bangkok Post website, produced mainly by our educational services department, is designed to make this a great deal easier.Everyday we’ll cover key stories in the news, define dozens of words in English and Thai and we’ll even read many of the stories for you to hear.
The most challenging section will be “Learning from the news” which features actual news stories, articles and columns, plus news from the business section.
If you want something easier, the obvious choice is our “Easier stuff” where stories are shorter and many have been specially adapted for learners, both young and old. Our popular “Easy English News” is in that section.
You’ll find new vocabulary in every section of the learning channel, but this is clearly the main focus of “Vocabulary”. There you will find our word of the day in “Words in the news” plus a close look at the vocabulary used in a current topic in the news. We’ll start off with courtroom vocabulary. The “Glossary” section contains all the words we have defined so far. That will be a very long list before long.
We haven’t forgotten teachers, of course. In the teacher’s section there will be suggestions on how to use our content, plus ideas on using newspaper content in general. And, in the unlikely event that a teacher has not had time to prepare and needs a lesson in a hurry, there is an “instant lesson” already to go. Teachers can also submit their own lessons to this section.
Hopefully, one “Learning English together” will quickly become one of the more popular sections of the site. The days of simply pushing out educational content are over. Learning is a two-way street and here is your chance to participate. You can make your ideas known through our twitter account (@bkkpostlearning) and you can also show off your own ideas and material to the word. We are especially interested in short news reports from learner reporters and we will also have learning projects that you can participate in. We are starting with a project on learning English verb forms through short videos.
Then there is the book section. As many of you know, the learning channel originated with its own separate website http://www.readbangkokpost.com which began back in 2006. There, we published thousands of lessons and articles, so it is not surprising that they have formed the basis of several books. More are on their way. The “classic” is You can read the Bangkok Post which gives you just about everything you need to read both our paper and online editions.
One section in the learning channel comes directly from the paper edition of the Bangkok Post. This is the educational features section which contains content from the Bangkok Post’s education section. This is full of good material for teachers and learners and anyone interested in education in Thailand and abroad.