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RADIO NEWS: AUTHENTIC

LISTENING
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Discuss the following questions with a partner about the news and your listening habits. You have
5 minutes to speak with another student.
1. How often do you watch or listen to the news?
2. Can you remember anything memorable on the news? What was it?
3. What radio stations do you listen to? Do you listen to their news? Would you recommend
them?
4. Can you name any of the local or national radio stations?
5. If you listened or watched the news yesterday, tell your partner about any of the important
news items which were mentioned.
6. How do you feel when you listen to the radio?

Listen to the following radio clip and answer these questions by yourself. Compare your answers
once you have listened.
a. What is the name of the news presenter on the radio?
b. What is the radio station?
c. How many news items were mentioned in the radio clip?

Look at the following pictures and discuss with a partner the news items in the radio clip. Can you
put the pictures in order that they were mentioned?

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Look at the following words in the box below in a dictionary and write out possible definitions. Work
with a partner.

Scramble (v)
Dramatic (adj.)
Hostage (n)
Maliciously (adv.)
Resits (n)
Summon (v)
Tariff (n)
Extremist (n)
OFGEM (n)
The coming year (n)
Disrupted (adj.)
Qualifications (n)
Benchmark (n)
Sleet (n)
Suspend (v)
Widespread (adj.)
Prisoner (n)
Fatal (adj.)
Shooting (n)

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Martin Sketchley © 2015
www.eltexperiences.com

Listen to the radio clip again and complete the following passages using the vocabulary from the
text box above. Check with a partner your answers.
scrambled

dramatic

hostage

maliciously

GCSE resits

Summoned

tariffs

extremists

OFGEM

the coming year

disrupted

qualifications

benchmark

sleet

suspended

widespread

prisoner

fatal shootings

In the past hour, it has emerged that the Foreign Office has _________________ the
Russian Ambassador to explain why two long range bombers from Russia flew over the
English Channel yesterday. It says civil aviation was _________________. Typhoon
fighter jets were _________________ in response.
Discs containing information from three sensitive judge led enquiries including two
_________________ by police have gone missing in the post. The Ministry of Justice
says a member of staff has been _________________ but at this stage there’s no
evidence to suggest that the loss happened _________________.
Jordan says it wants proof that its pilot being held _________________ by Islamic
State fighters in Syria is still alive before releasing the Jihadist _________________
in exchange.

The deadline set by the _________________ for the Jordanian

authorities to free the female bomber has passed.
The number of secondary schools in England deemed to be underperforming has more
than doubled since last year.

330 schools didn’t reach the _________________

standard of two fifths of their pupils obtaining five good GCSEs, including English and
maths. The measure’s been changed so that it takes into account a reduced number of
_________________. _________________ are no longer included.
The energy watchdog _________________ says that the six big power companies are
expected to make nine pounds more per customer over _________________. That’s
despite recent price cuts to gas _________________ and a _________________ fall
in the price of crude oil. UK Energy, which represents the large companies, has called
the figures ‘inaccurate’.

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www.eltexperiences.com

And the weather. Outbreaks of rain, _________________ and snow on the hills will
move south eastwards across Scotland and Northern England during the night.

A

_________________ frost is likely.

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www.eltexperiences.com

Listen to the radio clip again and complete the following passages using the vocabulary from the
text box below. Check with a partner your answers. Look in your dictionary at any words you are
unsure of.
scrambled

dramatic

hostage

maliciously

GCSE resits

summoned

tariffs

extremists

OFGEM

the coming year

disrupted

qualifications

benchmark

sleet

suspended

widespread

prisoner

fatal shootings

In the past hour, it has emerged that the Foreign Office has summoned the Russian
Ambassador to explain why two long range bombers from Russia flew over the English
Channel yesterday. It says civil aviation was disrupted. Typhoon fighter jets were
scrambled in response.
Discs containing information from three sensitive judge led enquiries including two fatal
shootings by police have gone missing in the post. The Ministry of Justice says a member
of staff has been suspended but at this stage there’s no evidence to suggest that the
loss happened maliciously.
Jordan says it wants proof that its pilot being held hostage by Islamic State fighters in
Syria is still alive before releasing the Jihadist prisoner in exchange. The deadline set
by the extremists for the Jordanian authorities to free the female bomber has passed.
The number of secondary schools in England deemed to be underperforming has more
than doubled since last year. 330 schools didn’t reach the benchmark standard of two
fifths of their pupils obtaining five good GCSEs, including English and maths. The
measure’s been changed so that it takes into account a reduced number of qualifications.
GCSE resits are no longer included.
The energy watchdog OFGEM says that the six big power companies are expected to
make nine pounds more per customer over the coming year. That’s despite recent price
cuts to gas tariffs and a dramatic fall in the price of crude oil. UK Energy, which
represents the large companies, has called the figures ‘inaccurate’.
And the weather. Outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow on the hills will move south
eastwards across Scotland and Northern England during the night. A widespread frost
is likely.

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Martin Sketchley © 2015
www.eltexperiences.com