Hello! My name is Lynn Jacobsen and I am an English teacher in Moscow, Russia at the Russian Language Institute (RALI). One of my passions is finding relevant ways to make English real and useful through creative resources and media.
You know the routine….free newspaper!…free! ….free! And… 3 clicks later you can no longer read without paying.
I was looking for a free newspaper that was easy to understand and found The Times in Plain English that was advertised as “free” and decided to give it a try.
The Times in Plain English is a newspaper written with the (pre-intermediate and above) English learner in mind. It is a daily newspaper that features newspapers from international newspapers such as the New York Times and The Washington Post.
The articles are clear and well edited, and you can find articles on education, global politics, health, law, money and work.
One feature that I find very useful is the audio feature. By highlighting any section of the page and clicking on the audio icon, you can hear the text read aloud. Also, there is a translation available for a number of languages.