Nigel J. Ross

Coping with Time and Newsweek

The language of American news magazines often causes difficulty for EFL students. The vocabulary is frequently unusual, some words are not even to be found in dictionaries, slang terms and puns are common, and sentence patterns may create confusion. However, a more careful, systematic look at the way articles in Time and Newsweek are written can help students to feel less perturbed by the language used in the magazines. This article briefly analyses the style of Time and Newsweek and then goes on to suggest a number of ways that students and teachers can approach articles to drop the mask of language difficulties and to aid comprehension.

published in Modern English Teacher (Vol. 4/1, January 1995) Macmillan, London.

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Modern English Teacher
(editor: Thérèse Tobin)
published by Pearson Education Ltd. and distributed by Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
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