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News quiz 2012 VOCABULARY REVIEW UPPER TEACHERS NOTES & ANSWERS

A. Match the verbs in the left column with the noun phrases in the right to make collocations from the news quiz. The first one has been done for you. 1. made 2. reach 3. break 4. play 5. play 6. face 7. turn 8. cause 9. crack down 10. fall history its destination the speed of sound host (to) a prank a backlash into a tragedy a public outcry on racism from grace

Try to remember in what context the above collocations were used. What other things can you crack down on? Illegal immigration, drugs, smoking in public places anything that's already illegal but perhaps the police haven't taken a tough action against till now Has there recently been a public outcry over something in your country? What caused it? B. Match the words in the left column with the noun phrases in the right to make collocations from the news quiz. 11. spectacular Opening Ceremony 12. remote 13. prank 14. (two) consecutive 15. turbulent 16. prestigious 17. ancient 18. acclaimed 19. prolific 20. host 21. leading 22. gruelling village call days personal life awards civilization director author nations figure match

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Note that prolific director and acclaimed author are also possible. You can also discuss whether acclaimed directors are necessarily prolific ones. What is another, more everyday way of saying consecutive days? Two days in a row or two days running Have you ever played pranks on anyone or made prank phone calls? What else can be described as turbulent? Times, history (of a country) or period in history

C. Some of the adjectives above can also go with the following nouns. Which ones? remote island / part / possibility prolific writer / director / blogger gruelling schedule / training / race prestigious school / job / firm spectacular views / scenery / success leading role / player / authority ancient city / history / monument D. Complete the gaps in the sentences below. The first letter(s) have been given to help you. The music video for "Gangnam Style" went (1) viral in 2012 and became the most watched video on Youtube. Skyfall was one of the (2) eagerly anticipated movies of 2012. UEFA promised to crack down on racism after (3) allegations of racism in the Euro 2012 host nations. One of the greatest cyclists of all time, Lance Armstrong fell from grace after accusations of doping and was (4) banned from cycling for life. NASA scientists were over the (5) moon when Curiosity reached its destination. Gmail, Chrome, Google Maps, Youtube, Android phones - our lives seem to (6) revolve round Google products. Unfortunately, for the last 10 years, Whitney Houston has been in the (7) spotlight for her addiction problems and turbulent personal life.

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Can you think of other viral videos from recent years? What's the difference between allegations and accusations? Accusations are probably "stronger"; you need some kind o proof (like blood test results in Lance Armstrong's case). Allegations are claims without proof What other things can one's life revolve around? Children, money, tennis (or other hobby) Why can someone be banned from driving? You may need to clarify that to be banned from something is not the same as to ban something (e.g. a book, a film). Sportsmen can be banned from competing after failing a drugs test or you can be banned from driving for drink-driving or driving without insurance. When was the last time you were over the moon? Why?

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VOCABULARY REVIEW LOWER TEACHERS NOTES & ANSWERS


A. Match the verbs in the left column with the noun phrases in the right to make collocations from the news quiz. The first one has been done for you. 1. won 2. reach 3. break 4. play 5. make 6. make 7. turn 8. become 9. go 10. reveal the competition its destination the speed of sound the role (of) headlines history into a tragedy victims viral a new invention

Try to remember in what context the above collocations were used. What stories made headlines in your country last year? What other things can you reveal? A secret, the truth, details of a plan

B. Match the words in the left column with the noun phrases in the right to make collocations from the news quiz.

11. spectacular 12. remote 13. prank 14. long 15. drug 16. ancient 17. soft 18. racist

Opening Ceremony village phone call history use civilization drink behaviour

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What's your favourite soft drink? Have you ever made prank phone calls? Can you think of other viral videos from recent years?

C. Some of the adjectives in the left column above can also go with the following nouns. Which ones? racist remote ancient spectacular soft attack / joke area / possibility city / history view / success voice / skin

D. Rewrite the following sentences using the Passive so that the meaning is the same. Skyfall came out in October 2012 = Skyfall was released Malala took a bullet to the head because she fought for girls' rights = Malala was shot in the head The Euro 2012 took place in Poland and Ukraine. = The Euro 2012 was held in

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