I first posted about the New Internationalist Easier English Wiki about a year and a half ago. Since then, they’ve added a lot of great materials to their site. The New Internationalist is a magazine focused on promoting global justice and, through their easier English wiki, they make articles more accessible to English language learners and provide supplementary lessons, in both powerpoint and PDF form. These lessons include vocabulary activities, discussion questions, visual aids and writing prompts.
A good place to start is the ready lesson collection, featuring a list of all of the supplementary lessons that they offer. You can also browse through past issues of the magazine that have been re-written in simplified English. They’ve currently got the last twenty issues available, many of which include infographics in addition to articles. On each issue’s page, the wiki also features simplified versions of some of that month’s most relevant blog posts.
The New Internationalist Easier English Wiki is a great source of comprehensible reading materials on a wide range of topics. Past recent issues deal with the politics of language loss, organ traficking and the pitfalls of resource wealth. The international angle of these topics make them particularly relevant and engaging for our students.