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How much news is enough?

Your takeaway at the end of this lesson: enough vocabulary and  managed ideas to speak confidently about the topic.

Striking a balance between staying up to date on local or international news and not becoming overwhelmed is not easy; news broadcasters and mass media are expert at using their editorial tactic in sensationalizing their stories. Emphasizing on any potential negative outcome of an unimportant incident, no matter how low the risk or chance might be, is a way to do that.

With 24/7 news live stream, news bulletins have to rival entertainment programs and compete for their audience at primetime. So, entertainment can replace the provision of information by emotionalizing the impact of a new story. A story is partly overrated to grab the audience’s attention and become newsworthy. But, what happens to the people who are exposed to the constant stream of sensationalized bad news?

We consume limitless tidbits of trivial information that do not require thinking, so we experience no saturation. But, at the end of the day, the elevated level of stress takes its toll on our physical and mental health; Trouble sleeping, change in eating patterns, depression, and anxiety are only some of the results of overconsumption of media. Falling into the pattern of regularly following the news is an unhealthy habit that we need to rethink.

Let’s learn more about this topic and get ready to talk about it in English.

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What you already know

Test Yourself; News Vocabulary
3 questions
This is a pretest to see how much you already know about this topic.
Let’s come up with ideas; bad news!
5 minutes
Let's hear your ideas and see how much information you already have to talk about news. This step includes 3 questions that requires short answers.

What you want to know

Watch and Learn; Fake News?
10 Minutes

This is your second step to empower yourself to talk more about this topic. Watch the videos and listen to people talk about news.

The News-Key vocabulary-part1
10 Minutes
This is the first part of the key vocabulary you will need to speak more about the topic. You read and listen to the detailed explanation of the English phrases used in the previous videos, in addition to more key vocabulary to use in your talk.
The News-Key Vocabulary- part 2
10 Minutes
Part 2 of key vocabulary. As you learn, think about where and how you can use them later when you want to express your ideas about the topic.

What you learned

Dive in; How Much News is Enough?
It's time to bring everything you have learned to life. If you are a member of the Speaking Booster VIP Group, follow your teacher's guide.
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