I “borrowed” the following article from the website www.perfectyourenglish.com.  I liked the article but not the way the website displayed it.  There were too many advertisements and I felt it was poorly organized.  I also wanted to add a few helpful notes to the article.  Hope the author doesn’t mind.  I made some changes, you can see the original here:

http://www.perfectyourenglish.com/writing/newspaper-headlines.htm

English Writing
Newspaper headlines: grammar

Newspaper headlines are not always complete sentences. Many headlines consist of noun phrases with no verb.

MORE POWER CUTS
(There are/will be more power cuts)

TERROR ALERT IN CAPITAL
(There is/was a terror alert in the capital)

Articles and the verb be are often left out in headlines.

HUSSAIN PAINTING OBSCENE, SAYS MINISTER
(The Hussain painting is obscene, says the Minister)

OLD MAN SCALES EVEREST
( An old man, has scaled Mt. Everest)

In headlines, simple tenses are often used instead of progressive or perfect forms. The simple present is used for both present and past events.

FORMER PM PASSES AWAY 
(Former PM has passed away.)

BLIND GIRL CLIMBS EVEREST 
(Blind girl has climbed Everest.)

The present progressive is used to talk about changes. Be is usually eliminated.

EARTH GETTING WARMER, SAY SCIENTISTS 
(Earth is getting warmer)

TRADE FIGURES IMPROVING 
(Trade figures are improving)

Headlines often use infinitives to refer to the future.

PM TO VISIT CANADA
(The PM is going to visit Canada)

BUSINESS SCHOOLS TO TAKE MORE STUDENTS
(Business schools are going to take more students)

For is also used to refer to future movements or plans.

INDIAN TROOPS FOR IRAQ? 
(Are Indian soldiers going to be sent to Iraq?)

MORE TESTS FOR STUDENTS
(More tests are in store for students this year)

Auxiliary verbs are usually dropped from passive structures, leaving only past participles.

SIX PEOPLE KILLED IN EXPLOSION 
(Six people have been killed in an explosion)

INDIAN HELD FOR MURDER
(An Indian is being/has been held for murder)

Note that forms like held, found and attacked are usually past participles with passive meanings, not past tenses.

Compare:

NUCLEAR DEAL ROW: PM ATTACKED 
(PM has been attacked because of a nuclear deal fight.)

NUCLEAR DEAL ROW: PM ATTACKS OPPOSITION 
(PM has attacked his opposition because of a nuclear deal fight)

A colon (:) is often used to separate the subject of a headline from what is said about it.

POWER CRISIS: GOVERNMENT TO ACT
(The Government is going to act over the power crisis)

BUILDING COLLAPSE: DEATH TOLL RISES
(The death toll from the building collapse has risen)

Advertisements

Here is a new Recent News Lesson Plan with audio Mp3 file.  Hope you enjoy this one as well.  The Audio file has little extra news bits at the beginning for your interest and to help you with listening.  I try to go slow, but let me know if you have any suggestions about my reading speed.

US Withdrawing 12,000 troops from Iraq

Audio Mp3

Here is a new lesson plan.  I am going to try out something new for a month and see what happens.  I will add an Mp3 file which includes a reading of the news story and also some added information for the definitions.  Hopefully they can help your listening practice as well!  I may add quizzes to these lesson plans as well in the future!

Should Cell Phone Jamming be Legal?

Mp3 Audio

Here are new lesson plans. 😀

US Retrieves Mp3 Player with Military Files

Origin of Rap Music

Here are the latest lesson plans. I hope you enjoy them!

How The City Hurts Your Brain
Peru Court Backs Drunken Worker

Hello All,

Thanks for being so patient with me over the past month.  I have been busy moving apartments and getting settled in.  I am also working on a new project which I hope you can find useful.  I am now preparing my own ESL material.  This material is currently only aimed at lower and intermediate students.  However, I hope to add more material for advanced students.

This projects is mainly because I need more lower and intermediate level material that is based on recent news events.  This help to teach English by using grammar and vocabulary which is relevant to building contemporary English skills.  Each lesson plan will feature a recent news event with excerpted and modified text from an original news story.  I change come grammar and vocab to suit the lower levels students, while continuing to build towards reading mainstream media.  The lesson plans also include possible conversation topics and useful grammar points.  I will include these lesson plans in my blog so you can download and print them, or you can just look using your computer.  They will be in PDF format.  If you cannot read PDF files, let me know.  I think you should not have a problem.

Again, thanks for your patience while I get settled.  Hope to hear from you soon.

Here are links to the first three lesson plans:

Cell Phone Causes L.A. Train Crash.pdf/a>;

Chinese space.pdf

Dont Call Me In Canada.pdf