Level 2 Group 2 – 12th November 2015


    1. Politics – left & right


2 Broadsheet & tabloid newspapers – comparison of today’s main stories

3 Compare the styles of broadsheets & tabloids.

4. Listen to people talking about newspapers. Internet vs newspapers.

5. Presentation

news headlines: Dog bites man. Man bites dog.

Happy celebrity goes shopping with his family and buys potatoes.

Celebrity couple at war. She throws him out of the house and swears to take all his money.



homophobia noun [U]

UK   /ˌhəʊ.məˈfəʊ.bi.ə/  US   /ˌhoʊ.məˈfoʊ-/

a ​fear or ​dislike of ​gaypeople


adjective UK   US   /-bɪk/

a homophobic ​attitude

xenophobia noun [U]

UK   /ˌzen.əˈfəʊ.bi.ə/  US   /-ˈfoʊ-/

C2 extremedislike or ​fear of foreigners, ​theircustoms, ​theirreligions, etc.

an eagle swoops

swoop verb [I]

UK   US   /swuːp/

to ​move very ​quickly and ​easily through the ​air, ​especiallydown from a ​height in ​order to ​attack:The ​eagle swooped down to ​snatch a ​youngrabbit. informal to make a ​suddenattack on a ​place or ​group of ​people in ​order to ​surround and ​catch them:Undercover ​police swooped on three ​houses in the ​city at 5.00 this ​morning.

inflation noun [U]

UK   US   /ɪnˈfleɪ.ʃən/

B2 a ​general, ​continuousincrease in ​prices:high/​low inflationthe ​rate of inflation13 ​percent inflation

blow verb (SEND OUT AIR)

B1 [I or T] to ​move and make ​currents of ​air, or to be ​moved or make something ​move on a ​current of ​air:The ​wind was blowing harder every ​minute.

blow noun (HIT)

C2 [C] a hard ​hit with a ​hand or a ​weapon:a ​sharp blow to the ​stomach

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blow noun (BAD EVENT)

C2 [C] an ​unexpectedevent that has a ​damagingeffect on someone or something:Losing his ​job was a ​severe blow to his ​confidence.Her ​death came as a ​terrible blow to her ​parents.

raid noun [C]

UK   US   /reɪd/

C2 a ​shortsuddenattack, usually by a ​smallgroup of ​people:The ​commandos made/​staged/​carried out a ​daring raid (on the ​enemy).planes on a bombing raid the ​act of ​entering a ​place by ​force in ​order to ​steal from it:Millions of ​dollars were ​stolen in a bank raid last ​night.C2 an ​occasion when the ​policeenter a ​placesuddenly in ​orderto ​find someone or something:The ​drugs were ​found during a ​police raid on the ​house.

probe verb [I or T]

UK   /prəʊb/  US   /proʊb/

to ​try to ​discoverinformation that other ​people do not ​wantyou to ​know, by ​askingquestionscarefully and not ​directly:The ​interviewer probed ​deep into her ​privatelife.Detectives ​questioned him for ​hours, probing for any inconsistencies in his ​story.The ​article probes (= ​tries to ​describe and ​explain) the ​mysteries of ​nationalism in ​modernEurope. to ​examine something with a ​tool, ​especially in ​order to ​findsomething that is ​hidden:They probed in/into the ​mud with a ​specialdrill.

havoc noun [U]

UK   US   /ˈhæv.ək/

confusion and ​lack of ​order, ​especiallycausingdamage or ​trouble:The ​storm wreaked (= ​caused) havoc in the ​garden, ​uprootingtrees and ​blowing a ​fence down.The ​delay played (= ​caused) havoc withtheirtravelarrangements.

haul verb [T]

UK   /hɔːl/  US   /hɑːl/

C2 to ​pull something ​heavyslowly and with ​difficulty:They hauled the ​boat out of the ​water.She hauled herself up into the ​tree. to take something or someone ​somewhere, ​especially by ​force:FBI ​agents hauled awayboxes of ​records.The ​police hauled him off to ​jail in ​front of his ​wholefamily.

dump verb [T] (PUT DOWN)

C2 to put down or ​drop something in a ​careless way:He came in with four ​shoppingbags and dumped them on the ​table.

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dump verb [T] (GET RID OF)

C1 to get ​rid of something ​unwanted, ​especially by ​leaving it in a ​place where it is not ​allowed to be:The ​tax was so ​unpopular that the ​governmentdecided to dump it.Several ​oldcars had been dumped near the ​beach.

measly adjective

UK   US   /ˈmiːz.li/ informal

too ​small in ​size or ​amount, or not enough:a measly ​amount of ​moneya measly little ​present

break even

C1 to have no ​profit or ​loss at the end of a ​businessactivity:After ​paying for ​ourtravelcosts, we barely (= only just)brokeeven.

bid verb (OFFER)

C2 [I or T] (present participle bidding, past tense bid, past participlebid) to ​offer a ​particularamount of ​money for something that is for ​sale and ​compete against other ​people to ​buy it, ​especially at a ​publicsale of ​goods or ​property:She ​knew she couldn’t ​afford it, so she didn’t bid.

bid noun [C] (ATTEMPT)

C2 an ​attempt to ​achieve or get something:Her bid forre-election was ​unsuccessful.The ​company has ​managed to ​fight off a ​hostile takeover bid (= an ​attempt by another ​company to take ​control of it).

infer verb [T]

UK   /ɪnˈfɜːr/  US   /-ˈfɝː/ (-rr-) formal

C2 to ​form an ​opinion or ​guess that something is ​true because of the ​information that you have:What do you infer from her ​refusal?[+ that] I inferred from her ​expression that she ​wanted to ​leave.

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