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"catch someone red-handed" = catch someone in the middle of doing something wrong

"Some of the employees caught the president red-handed lying to the media about the company's financial problems."

"have a strong stomach" = have a strong ability to endure unpleasant things

"With so much violence in world, you need to have a strong stomach to listen to the news today."

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[ Quiz Script ]

World News Stories
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Post-Listening Exercises

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
You can learn to understand local and world news reports by predicting the main ideas based on the news headlines. Read the possible headlines below for the four news stories and predict the content for each. Try to guess what key words that would come up in each story.

HELPFUL TIP: Reading short news stories on a regular basis can not only improve your language skills but help you become a more informed speaker of English. Start by reading the news sections that interest you most.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the news report by pressing the "Play Audio" button and select the best title for each news story. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. News Story One:
A. Huge Creature Lashes out at Man and Canine
B. Giant Crocodile Eats Dog and Bites Man
C. Man Becomes Latest Fatality in Attacks

2. News Story Two:
A. Woman Missing After Tornado Hits Town
B. Injured Woman and Missing Cat Result of Twister
C. Frightening Storm Causes Damage in the Thousands

3. News Story Three:
A. Man Disposes of Ring Out the Window
B. Kitchen Sink Holds Man Hostage
C. Man Battles Burned Fish in House

4. News Story Four:
A. Family Lost After Car Breaks Down on Weekend Drive
B. Winter Hike Over Mountain Turns Deadly for Family
C. Snow Storm's Grip Strands Family on Outing

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2. Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.

3. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

The Internet now allows people to search for news stories around the world much easier than before. Use any online service or search engine to find an unusual news event or story in English from a different country than where you presently live. Summarize the main ideas and share it with a partner. Discuss why the event would be of particular local or international interest.

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