Posted by: crisdiaz24 | December 20, 2016

THE NEWS – Speaking activity



  1. How many days last week did you read a newspaper?
  2. What type of newspaper or magazine do you usually read? What is its circulation area? Is it national, regional, local? Where do you usually read it?
  3. How often do you read the newspaper or a magazine?
  4. How many days last week did you watch television news? Which program do you usually watch? Why do you watch this program and no other?
  5. Do you sometimes read the news online? Which online news service do you usually consult?
  6. Do you listen to radio news? Which radio news program do you usually tune into?
  7. When was the last time you bought a newspaper/magazine?
  8. Does anyone stay away from a newspaper because they do not like the format?
  9. Where do you read magazines?


  1. at home
  2. at the hairdresser’s
  3. at the dentist’s/doctor’s
  4. at a friend’s house
  5. at a relative’s house
  6. on the bus/train
  7. at the library
  8. in a bar
  9. other


  1. How do you read a newspaper or a magazine?


  1. I read it from cover to cover.
  2. I miss out boring bits.
  3. I choose articles I am interested in.
  4. I prefer someone else to choose what I read.
  5. I decide what to read from the headlines and illustrations.
  6. I only look at the photos and cartoons. I never read a whole article.
  7. I look at the index and choose what to read from there.
  8. I never read magazines


  1. Rate how much encouragement you received to use the following media when you were growing up. Were you strongly encouraged or strongly discouraged?


  1. TV
  2. newspapers
  3. books
  4. radio
  5. computers


  1. How good a job would you say the news media are doing in reporting about issues and problems in Spain?
  2. In the things that you know a good deal about, how often have the stories in the media been accurate?


  1. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Tell me what newspaper you read, and I will tell you who you are ?
  2. Could you try and find examples of magazines about the following:


  1. Gossip
  2. Cars
  3. Current affairs
  4. Science
  5. Computers
  6. Home interest
  7. Photography
  8. Sewing and knitting
  9. Art
  10. Women
  11. Pornography
  12. Humour or satire
  13. Comics
  14. Music
  15. Cinema
  16. Teenage
  17. Archaeology
  18. History
  19. Sports


  1. What do you think is the most important problem facing journalism today?


  1. print vs. online news / Competing with other forms of media.
  2. credibility problem.
  3. coverage should be less sensationalised.
  4. Too much emphasis on costs and profits.
  5. Reporting accurately / factually.
  6. Reporting objectively / fairly.
  7. Financial cutbacks, budget constraints.
  8. Decline in circulation.
  9. Around the clock competition.
  10. Corporate ownership.
  11. Confusion between reporting and opinions.


  1. Do journalists strike the right balance between what audiences want to know and what is important for them to know?
  2. In your opinion, to what extent do the owners of newspapers influence the news we read?
  3. In your experience, do journalists sometimes purposely avoid covering certain stories that they believe are truly newsworthy? Why?




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