Breaking News English offers ready-to-use EFL/ESL lesson plans in Word and PDF, graded news articles, listening, podcast, and communicative activities. All lessons are based on stories currently in the news and a new lesson is added every three days. Listening files can be downloaded in mp3 format or subscribed to via a podcast.
I first wrote about Breaking News English back in January 2005 and it's still going strong with an archive of over 1,000 current events lessons which you can search by theme. It's run by Sean Banville, who deserves a medal for consistency.
Sean has two other sites which are worth a mention:
- ESL Discussions.com: Over 12,000 conversation questions, hundreds of Word and PDF handouts. Controversial and everyday discussion topics. For speaking practice in and out of class.
- Famous People Lessons.com - ESL/EFL lessons using biographies and profiles of over 150 famous people from sports, politics, popular culture, movies and more. Free Word and PDF downloads plus MP3 listening.