I’m sure many of you want to improve your English. If you want to improve your listening, you have to listen. If you want to improve your reading, you have to read. If you want to improve your speaking, you have to speak. I’d like to help you a little using BBC News. It’s a small exercise for listening, reading and speaking with a list of TOEIC vocabulary at the end.
Go to Words in the News, listen to the news, read the script and come back.
So, now tell me, what is the report about?
What do you think?
TOEIC vocabulary in the news
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for the first time in
A: So, what is the report about?
B: It’s about unemployment in Britain. A lot of people have lost their jobs and job losses are happening very quickly there. Unemployment is about two million at the moment but it could reach three million soon.
A: What do you think?
B: It’s the same here in Japan; a lot of people are loosing their jobs. I don’t know the exact figures, but are we as bad as Britain? The report says Germany and the US are worse than Britain. I guess Japan’s unemployment is not the worst in the world. Anyway the economy is not good all over the world. I don’t know how to fix it but I hope it will get better soon.
I’m trying to lead my readers to that direction. That’s the purpose of this exercise. If you listen to a news report, summarize it in your own words, and make a comment on it, that will help improve your communicative competence as well as learning words and phrases frequently appear in the TOEIC.
By the way, my summaries and comments are just examples. I want my readers to create their own versions without worrying about making mistakes or sounding stupid. Some learners are afraid of making mistakes, and that hinders them from communicating in English.