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News report

The latest news

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 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.

Your news story

The mission you are about to start will allow you to create your own news story. In this mission, you will have the chance to develop, write and broadcast a news story that happened in the last few weeks or a long time ago. 

Here, you are going to work individually first and then with three other classmates. 

Your teacher will assess your written news story taking into account the criteria included in the 'Rubric for assessing an informative text' (download in editable odt format, download in pdf) .Read the criteria in the 'Rubric for assessing a video in the classroom' (download in editable odt format, download in pdf)  that your teacher will consider to evaluate your team work. 

We suggest that you follow the instructions to do the mission accurately.

Learning Diary

We hope you finished your mission successfully. Reflect on how you performed it and write down your reflections and thoughts about your learning process in your Learning Diary. This will help you become aware of what you have achieved or what you need to reinforce.

your learning diary

Peter O'SheaWriting tools (CC BY)

Create a new post on your blog with the title  'News Report' and answer the following questions:

  • What are the most difficult aspects?
  • What tool was the most difficult for you to work with?
  • What do you think is the most important aspect you have learned?
  • Are there any aspects you didn't understand?

Do not forget it would be great if you shared these feelings and thoughts with your classmates. You will have 10 or 15 minutes to complete this part.