Unit 12 – In the news

This course involves situations related to the news. You'll analyze clips, listen to audio recordings, post in the student forum, and fill out worksheets.

What You'll Learn

  • How to use the simple past passive in news stories.
  • How to talk about local and international news events.
  • How to talk about extreme weather and natural disasters.
  • How to introduce news in conversation with expressions like Guess what?
  • How to use expressions like The thing is... to introduce issues.


Clip Time. This means you'll be watching the clips you downloaded. Have the clip bonus vocabulary list ready.

Pause. If I tell you to pause the video, it means you need to write something in your notebook then push play again.

Vocabulary list. Take out the vocabulary list for the unit and spend a few moments studying.

Worksheet. Time to work on the lesson worksheet you downloaded.



There will be blue boxes on many pages with forum tasks. To get the best experience, remember to do these tasks before moving to the next topic.


Every unit has an exam. Some have checkpoint exams to make sure you don't forget earlier units. If you don't pass after 2 times, contact me for help.


If you ever get confused, you can email me or post a question to the unit forum.

Warm Up

How do you find out about what's going on in the world? Which aspects of the news are you most interested in? What major events are in the news right now? Write your responses in your notebook.


Now that your English muscles are stretched out, let's learn!

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