English for Journalism - Sample Timetable

This course focuses on the language needed for research, interviewing and writing skills.







1 & 2

Skill: Speaking / Listening
Client introductions.
Professional profiles.
Language assessment.
Grammar review.
Fine-tune course content

Input: Language of Interviewing: Formal arrangements
Skill: Speaking / Listening
Strategies for interrupting,
holding the floor, pressing
for further information,
directing and focusing the interview.

Topic: Press Conferences
Input: Vocabulary
Skill: Speaking
Getting attention & maintaining contact
Asking for clarification and confirmation.

Topic lesson:
Skill: Speaking / Listening
Building up contacts
Telephone Interviews v.
Face-to-face Interviews

Group Video Day
Input: Vocabulary
Skill: Speaking & Writing

Feature writing: Preparing a brief to finished article.


Topic Lesson
Input: Vocabulary
Skill: Speaking
Oral feedback

Input: Grammar
Question forms -
Question styles -
Reported Speech
Being direct v. being discreet

Input: Language of Interviewing: Impromptu situations.
Remedial pronunciation work.

Input: Grammar
The Passive Voice
Speaking: Maintaining a neutral position
Pronunciation remedial work

Writing up, Sub-editing and Preparing for publication


Skill: Speaking
Fluency practice, feedback and remedial work on grammar and pronunciation

Formal Interviews:
Videoed Role play
Oral feedback
Handling questions from group

Out of class project:
Videoed Live Street Interviews on chosen topic

Skill: Speaking
News gathering and follow-up
The Editorial Conference
Oral feedback

Group (videoed) TV Presentation of week's and morning's work.



Skill: Listening & Writing: Note-taking TV News Documentary

Learner training: Using a mono-lingual dictionary, vocabulary files, storage and retrieval

Skill: Speaking
Reporting back on findings from street interviews.

Skill: Speaking and Writing
Telephone Interview
Note-taking and write-up.

Skill: Speaking
Group viewing of videoed presentations.


Skill: Speaking
Summarising information, Hypothesising & Offering opinions

Skill: Listening & Writing
Interpreting information and sub-messages.
Written follow-up

Skill: Writing
Note-taking to Text
Editing skills
Abbreviations & spell-check

Professional visit to BBC, Chartered Institute of Journalists or similar.
Social English practice

Group discussion on performance.
Error analysis and oral feedback

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