In my quest to find and review online publishing tools (i.e. sites that will organize your students’ content like a magazine or newspaper) I’ve come across quite a few online magazines designed for our primary audience – middle and high school students. You can find anything I’ve found by looking at my Delicious tags under wandermami or musicuentos.
Whether you’re asking your students to freely explore authentic content or looking for something with a specific topic in mind, authentic e-magazines for teenagers can be a great place to start. Find out everything that’s going on in fashion, pop music, movie stars and more with Tú magazine, which you can subscribe to at the rate of 12 digital issues for $16 or check out their various app downloads, or sign up for their free newsletter (this begs to be a homework choice option).
Older teens can explore more fashion, music, beauty, and movies at 15 a 20 – and definitely check out their surveys (vacation topic, anyone?). **Edit – see comments below for cautionary notes about 15 a 20** Somos jóvenes is a magazine with an interesting history and interesting content designed to publish the perspectives of the Cuban youth. Zinio is a Publishers Clearinghouse of Spanish-language digital magazines for you to look at and purchase.TweenTribune, the free current-event quizzing site, is also available in Spanish. You sign up as a teacher and create a classroom with student log-ins. Weekly, the site publishes age-appropriate current content with accompanying quizzes (again, begs to be a homework choice option!).
VeinteMundos is another site designed for language learners with study tools as well as magazine content categorized as intermediate or advanced. They offer a ton of content on a variety of topics.
The Taconeras group of websites offers blogs related to magazines like Seventeen and Tú. The short, punchy nature of blog entries makes them better authentic content for lower-level learners than full magazine articles might be.
I hope your students enjoy some authentic magazine content soon!