A lot of people like watching news programmes on TV to get informed. The news stories presented can be related to economics, politics, sport, society or culture, among other topics. Both, presenters and reporters tell the audience about them following the principle of the 5 Ws.
At the end of this section, you will have:
- Listened and watched a news report.
- Learnt and revised question words.
- Revised and practised the Past simple and the Present Perfect tenses.
- Created a news report.
Channels broadcast news programmes at prime time, but remember that you can also watch the news on specific websites at any time.
Enter the newsinlevels site to read and listen to a news story. Comment with a partner how much you have understood. Then, answer with short phrases to the following questions about the news story.
- What happens?
- Where does it happen?
- How long is it?
These questions contain question words that help you check you understand the most important information presented in a news story. Open the Question Word infographic and revise more particles. With a partner, invent and add new information on the news story by answering the questions below.
- When does it happen?
- Who does it?
Go round the class and ask your classmates what information they have added to the original news. Is it similar to yours and your partner's?
Let us go a bit further and change all the verbs in the news story into the Past Simple tense. Enter the ef.com site and refresh your knwoledge about this tense. Remember to include in your news correct Past - time expressions.
With your classmate, change the news' headline into a different one. Use the Present Perfect in your headline. Enter the E-books site and get some ideas.
As further practice, we suggest that you change the tenses in the same news story into the Present Perfect tense. Enter the Perfect English Grammar website and learn about the use and form of this compound tense.