Improve your English while reading today’s Wall Street Journal. This is the motto of this great new(s) site for students to experience reading one of the world’s top English language newspapers.
Newsmart uses articles from the Wall Street Journal to promote learning English as a second language. It’s a slick site, and it’s free.
Students can select from a collection of news stories gleaned from the WSJ proper. While reading they can also complete mostly multiple choice questions on vocabulary, grammar and reading comprehension, crafted by professional content creators.
Users pick an article, and then there are color-coded portions in it for vocabulary and grammar. Click on it, and you are given a question about the in-context grammar or vocabulary issue. You then accumulate points and badges.
Newsmart is already a powerful tool for individual study and it has the potential to be a great classroom tool for teachers. There’s nothing simpler than emailing links to articles you’ve assigned for homework, not to mention there is already a scoring metric in place.