Teachers can effectively use the news, like this EDSITEment (http://edsitement.neh.gov/ ) approved resource:
BBC Mundo: BBCMundo.com
The site contains news of the world in Spanish. Advanced students. AP recommended.
which also has an extraordinary listening-comprehension resource, with a streaming radio, BBC Mundo Radio at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/spanish/programmes/programmes_2/
Create worksheets to test the students' listening comprehension, as well as their oral skills based upon the news clips you select, or use the printed news clips as practice for reading comprehension and adding a writing component.
What else could you do with these resources?