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Academic English

“Campaigns and Elections”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult elections man 02:45

Pre-Listening Exercise

What kinds of campaign promises do political candidates make to persuade people to vote for them?


“pull strings” = influence people to get what you want, manipulate
Company officials tried to pull a few strings within the local government in order to win the construction contract.”

“under the table” = money paid secretly
A number of monetary gifts were paid under the table to win political influence.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Post-Listening Exercise

The election of government leaders is a process that varies from country to country around the world. Choose a country in which you are interested and research how local and national elections are carried out. Then, compare this system to the one in your own country. Identify at least two aspects of the system that you like and don’t like.

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