Sunday, 20 January 2008

Performance Task: The News

The local newspaper The Majorca Daily Bulletin has asked you to write a news article for their weekend edition. Think of an interesting piece of news that may cause an impact to their readers.

Alternatively, you can record a podcast to be published on their website: http://www.majorcadailybulletin.es/

You can send either the article or the podcast to: editorial@majorcadailybulletin.es


Emergency Landing at Heathrow
Here you have an example from the BBC. As you listen you can fill in the following gaps:
1. The emergency landing took place at ___________
2. They _____________ all passengers.
3. They _____________ three people for minor injuries.
4. They _____________ the airport's southern runway but its northern runway remained opened.
5. They _____________ the emergency exits.



Now check your answers:

1. 12:40
2. had evacuated
3. treated
4. had closed
5. opened

The actual words were:
1.The emergency landing took place at twenty to one.
2. Passengers had all been evacuated.
3. Three people were treated for minor injuries.
4. The airport's southern runway had been closed but its northern runway remained opened.
5. The emergency exits were opened.


You can watch the video here:


trial from tomeualoy on Vimeo.



The passive voice
As you have seen in this example of a news item, the passive voice is widely used when news are reported.

This presentation can help you learn more about the passive voice:





Here you have some exercises



Moonlight Shadow

Listen to the song and fill in the gaps:



Verse 1

The last that ever she saw him, ___________(carry) away ___ a moonlight shadow,
He passed on worried and warning, _________(carry) away ____ a moonlight shadow,
_______ (lose) in a riddle that Saturday night, far away on the other side,
he __________(catch) in the middle of a desperate fight, and she couldn't find how to push through.

Verse 2

The trees that whisper in the evening, ________ (carry) away ____ a moonlight shadow,
Sing the song of sorrow and grieving, __________(carry) away ______ a moonlight shadow,
All she saw was a silhouette of a gun, far away on the other side,
He _________ (shoot) six times _____ a man on the run, and she couldn't find how to push through.

Bridge:

I stay, I pray, I see you in heaven far away,
I stay, I pray, I see you in heaven one day.

Verse 3

Four a.m. in the morning, __________ (carry) away ___ a moonlight shadow,
I watched your vision forming, __________ (carry) away ____ a moonlight shadow,
Star was glowin' in a silvery night, far away on the other side,
Will you come to talk to me this night, but she couldn't find how to push through.

Bridge:

I stay, I pray, I see you in heaven far away,
I stay, I pray, I see you in heaven one day.

Check your answers:


Moonlight Shadow Lyrics