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Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

The sun set, casting a warm glow on the busy streets of New York City. Newsboys moved through the crowds, their shouts filling the evening air. Among them was young Tommy, a scruffy kid with a cap pulled low, so it almost covered his eyes.

“Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” Tommy’s voice cracked as he waved a crumpled newspaper in the air, his thin frame lost under the weight of the headline shouting from the front page.

The year was 1929, and the Great Depression had tightened its grip. The stock market had crashed, fortunes evaporated, and hope seemed scarce. But Tommy knew one thing: people were hungry for the latest news.

He headed towards a well-dressed businessman, pushing through the crowd like an agile cat. “Sir, the latest edition! The headlines will make your head spin!”

The man glanced at Tommy, his brow furrowing. “What’s with all the fuss, boy?”

Tommy thrust the paper into the man’s hands. “Wall Street in ruins! Banks collapsing! Read all about it!”

The man’s eyes widened as he scanned the big, bold letters. “My God,” he whispered. “How could this happen?”

Tommy shrugged his shoulders. “Beats me, mister. But it’s all there, and you won’t hear it on the wireless. Only here in the extra edition.”

The extra edition—fresh off the press, ink still wet, stories hitting the streets within minutes of the breaking news reaching the news desks.

Tommy’s heart raced as he continued his rounds. He passed a shoeshine stand, where old Mr. Higgins sat, polishing a pair of old, worn shoes. “Mr. Higgins!” Tommy called. “Get your news here!”

Mr. Higgins raised his spectacles to look at the headline. “Market crash, eh? Well, I’ll be damned. What’s the world coming to?”

Tommy leaned in, lowering his voice. “They say fortunes went up like smoke. But you know what? We’re the lucky ones. We get to shout it from the rooftops.”

Mr. Higgins grinned. “You’re smart, kid. Keep it up.”

And so, Tommy continued through the city’s streets—past carts selling apples, past newsstands with yesterday’s news, past the clatter of streetcars. He felt excited by the power of words, the thrill of being the first to deliver the news to the masses.

“Extra! Extra!” he shouted. “Read all about it!” And the city listened.

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Arts & Media: The News

Study Tips

1. Listen to each word as your read the written form.
2. Say the word and listen again to compare your pronunciation.
3. Flip the card and read the definition.
4. Say the word to complete the example sentence. (Flip the card back to check if necessary.)
5. Listen to the example sentence, and say it yourself.

breaking news

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PHRASE: information about an event that is currently occurring or developing

“_____ news just in, the Prime Minister now confirming his resignation.”

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coverage

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NOUN: reporting/ analysis of a specific subject or event

“For _____ of the latest news, local, national and international, stay tuned.”

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feature

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NOUN: special article or programme, about a particular subject

“More of our _____ on the Post Office scandal after this short break.”

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run a story

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PHRASE: print in a newspaper/ magazine

“While most tabloids are _____ today, The Express focuses on the house-buying crisis.”

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Life on the African Savanna

Introduction

Look at the picture and answer the following 5 questions below:

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Listening

1. Listen to a short description of life on the African savanna, and order the following elements. (See ‘Answer’ below to check.)

a) an animal must always be aware of its surroundings

b) many creatures wear the evidence of past fights, but this one stands out for its most defining feature.

c) Among the calm and quiet, darker forces spectate.

d) Humans have made it suffer, through their ignorance.

Answer

1. b)

2. d)

3. a)

4. c)

2. Listen again, and decide if statements a-f are true, false, or not mentioned.

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Vocabulary

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End of practice – Take a well-earned breather!!

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TOPIC: COMMUNICATION – Practice

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Phrases: Come… (emerge)

Study Tips

1. Listen to each word as your read the written form.
2. Say the word and listen again to compare your pronunciation.
3. Flip the card and read the definition.
4. Say the word to complete the example sentence. (Flip the card back to check if necessary.)
5. Listen to the example sentence, and say it yourself.

come up

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become known (unexpectedly)

“I’m afraid a problem has come ______, so I won’t be able to attend the meeting this afternoon.”

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come to light

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become widely known or evident

“Every day, more information about the scandal comes to ______.”

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come out

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Become known, made public

“Despite his excellent public record, It came ______ that he had been living a double life.”

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come through

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become apparent through actions

“Though he did his best to appear calm, the fear came ______ in his trembling hands.”

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