I am currently teaching a course in algebraic geometry where one of the aims is to give an overview of the Enriques-Kodaira classification of surfaces. I am trying to throw in some modern aspects so I formulated the cone theorem and then used it (together with the existence of extremal contractions) to show that one can blow down to either $\mathbb P^2$, a ruled surface or one with $K_X$ nef. That worked quite well (the right amount of detail and non-detail). However, continuing with the nef case one of the major results is abundance (a positive multiple of $K_X$ is basepoint free). The classical Enriques-Kodaira classification does give abundance but only at the end of an almost complete classification of Kodaira dimension $\leq0$ surfaces (with $K_X$ nef).
Hence my question is: Using modern ideas is it possible to give a quicker proof of abundance for surfaces?
(Actually I am not quite sure that abundance for Kodaira dimension $2$ can be considered to be part of the E-K classification but let's ignore that).