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TV news vs. newspapers


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Which one do you prefer?

Now that you already worked with the newspapers, Can you think of the difference between TV news and written newspapers? What are the main advantages and disadvantages of each?

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In pairs, write a list of three features for each of this media and compare them.

Do you need inspiration? Have a look at these words in the Cambridge dictionary:

- breaking news

- immediacy

- pre-recorded

- live broadcast



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Share them with your group and write a list including all your different ideas.

What other media do you know apart from TV and written newspapers? Which one do you usually use to know about news? Which one is your favourite and why? Have a minute to think and put it in common with your group. 


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How many different media did you say in your group? How many advantages and disadvantages did you find?

Click on Feedback to see if you found the main ideas. Fingers crossed!!!

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Getting to know the BBC...


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What's the BBC?

It can sound like the ABCs, but no, it's not the alphabet!

Have you got any idea of what it can be? Perhaps the following picture can give a clue...

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In your group you are going to find out more about this acronym.

STEP 1. Write your predictions on a piece of paper.

STEP 2. Look for some information on the Internet. Click on the picture to open Ecosia, a search engine that plants trees. You are planting trees with every search!!

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STEP 3. Search there for the BBC .

STEP 4. Find out the following information and write it down next to your predictions. Were you right?

  • What does the acronym BBC mean?
  • What country is it from?
  • What city is the BBC House in?
  • When was it founded?
  • Is it private or public?
  • What media services does it offer?
  • What's the name of the website?

STEP 5. Just in case, compare your answers with the solution (click on feedback).

A deeper look into the BBC Home


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Well done! You win a free tour round the BBC House. Click the video and enjoy!

A tour of Broadcasting House. BBC Learning English (Accessed on 29/04/2018).


Share your impressions with the group: What do you think about the building? Did you imagine the inside like that? Was it better or worse than you expected? Do you want to visit it in person?


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Listen to the video again and try to complete the text.

Hello and welcome to Broadcasting House. My name is John Escolme, the BBC's History Manager, and today I'm taking you on a tour of a very special building, Broadcasting House, the BBC's newest and the BBC's oldest building. Come along with me.

Well, here we are inside Broadcasting House in an area where we keep some of our treasures and one of the most historic items is an old . Well, these are three microphones, three very important microphones, and than today's microphones but very important because this is the first microphone that broadcast the voice of the monarch to the world in 1932 – King George the Fifth's words were first heard through these microphones.

So, now we're in Broadcasting House and we're in one of the busiest places in the building – we're in the newsroom.  The newsroom is the largest in Europe, it's also than the old one because all the journalists are working together to share stories and it's busier because there's so much activity going on here. Let's move on.

So, this is one of the many studios you'd find in New Broadcasting House. As you can see, it contains all the latest technology so we can broadcast across the world – BBC World Service programmes – or programmes from BBC Learning – and it's much smaller than an old radio studio. Years ago we'd be using big reels of tape to record just a few minutes of programmes.

"This is London"

Well, we've even more exciting things to show you, so come this way.

This, of course, is a studio and here we have some of the TV that we use for World Service television news bulletins, these are much than they used to be. In the 1950s and 60s they were much bigger. And here is where our newsreader would sit, put on his or her best smile and deliver the news, good or bad.

OK, we've got one more thing to show you, follow me.

Well, we're nearly out of time but before we go let me introduce you to one of the most famous things in this building. From the television programme Doctor Who, yes, it's a !

Now, although we have a lot of famous people coming through this building, this Dalek gets more attention than anything else. The Dalek was designed in 1963 – this isn't an original – in fact this is the for the 21st century in gleaming, glittering, gold fibreglass.

Well that's the end of the . Thanks for joining me and I hope it's been as informative as you had hoped. Come again soon and bye for now.

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Reporting news


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Now that you are an expert on the BBC, we going to look into some real news on the BBC websites. Here you are the links to different sections with authentic BBC World news but adapted for English learners. 

In pairs, have a quick look at the different sections and choose one piece of news that you are interested in. Read it carefully and analyse the most relevant information about it. Remember the five Ws that we learnt!

  • WHAT happened?
  • WHO was involved?
  • WHERE did it take place?
  • WHEN did it happen?
  • WHY did it happen?

  • And the last one, although it doesn’t start with a ‘W’ : HOW?

Don't you remember? Listen again to the BBC journalist Huw Edwards on how to gather news stories (Accessed on 29/04/2018). Don't worry, you have the video transcription and summary to understand better.

When you finish practise with your partner reporting it and get ready to do it in front of the class. And don't forget the three Cs, being clear, concise and correct (Huw Edwards on writing news stories (Accessed on 29/04/2018).


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Listen carefully to your classmates news and share your opinions with them.

Are their news interesting for you? Is your news interesting for them? Which one is more surprising? Did you already know them or are they new for you? 

What are we learning?

Record with your group in OBS STUDIO the new words or ideas of this lesson, you can give examples or show pictures.

Do you need help? Have a look at the video with the instructions on Breaking News page.

Save your recording in your group folder with the name: Progress 2.

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