Academic English

"TV News Report"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate current news man 01:01

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are three of the most important or significant news events that have occurred over the last three months in your area or country? How do these events affect your life, directly or indirectly?

Idioms

"hit the road" = leave or depart from a specific place
"Okay. It's time to hit the road. Everyone get in the car."

"drive at something" = What do you mean or imply?
"Hey, what are you driving at? Are you trying to say that I'm a bad driver?"

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

A _____ is being report in the news report.

I'm at the scene of a miraculous rescue that occurred earlier today involving a fire, a 3-month-old baby, and the baby's dog, Lucky.

This event occurred in the _____.

"I'm at the scene of a miraculous rescue that occurred earlier today involving a fire, a 3-month-old baby, and the baby's dog, Lucky." We might be able to assume that it happen in the morning based on the other choices.

_____ was rescued.

It was believed that everyone had been evacuated to safety; however, one of the residents, Susan O'Connor, when she had returned and noticed the fire, she panicked, realizing that her 3-month-old BABY was still inside.

The dog helped rescue this person by _____.

However, witnesses report seeing the dog, uh, the family dog, pulling the baby to safety by, uh, the baby's clothes.

Post-Listening Exercise

Review the story with a partner. What interesting details do we learn about this event? In some societies, a dog is often said to be a man's best friend. Are there certain pets that people value or keep as faithful companions?

Online Investigation

Find one interesting news story that involves animals and people. Who was involved in the event? What happened and how did things turn out?