A great website for news articles on three levels for esl learners is http://www.newsinlevels.com/. Articles can be read online or teachers can choose and print out copies for their classes.
For long-term assignments or daily journals, students can use this site to keep up-to-date with news as well as learn suitable vocabulary to discuss recent new events.
Have students create their own personal dictionary. This can be a homework assignment, or a long term assignment with a deadline. The dictionary can be theme based, such as "words connected to sealife", "words connected to a hobby of the student" or a regular alphabetical one with words of the students' choice.
Students have to create the book and add pictures from magazines, or drawn/copied.
Personalizing a dictionary means that each student gets to learn the words of his/her own choice, thus making the vocabulary relevant and more memorable.
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