Hedging language/ Headlines vocabulary
Work together to try to guess the stories behind some of the headlines below (in a more cooperative style than in the previous activity). You can use your dictionaries, but you can’t do any online research. You can start with the easiest ones to guess if you like.
It must be…
It’s almost certainly…
It might be/ It may be…
It could be…
It’s probably not…
It’s almost certainly not…
It can’t be…
Judge acquits senior who refused to fill out census
De Bruyne refusing to panic over Chelsea axe
Funding axe for British stars as UK Athletics turns focus on Rio podium
Yankees May Bid For Star Japanese Pitcher Tanaka
Texans players blast Texans fans who cheered Matt Schaub injury
American wounded in Myanmar hotel blast
Chelsea recalls 1973 blaze that destroyed 18 blocks
Police charge man after Buckingham Palace arrest
Migrants Claim Libyan Forces Fired on Boat
LGBT Activists, Antigay Protesters Clash in Russia
Serie A – Pizarro to miss Juve clash?
Rihanna Helps Get Bar Owner Arrested in Crackdown on Live Sex Shows
Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst Sent To Rome To Curb Lavish Spending
Syrian rebels deny allegations of atrocities in Latakia
Hunt for duo after violent south Armagh burglary
UN names envoy to lead Syria chemical weapons mission
Lawmakers eye big spending on alternative energy
Paris Luxury Property Lures Overseas Rich as French Flee Taxes
Qaeda Suspect Is Brought To New York for a Hearing
New calls to hike gas tax to pay for infrastructure spending
US stocks higher as budget, debt cap deal appears imminent
S.Africa, France ink energy, rail deals in Hollande visit
iPhone 5s Reportedly Outselling iPhone 5c Two-to-One Since Launch
Tattoo shops see spike in business as new Army restrictions loom
City job availability up following summer lull
Girl, 3, rescued after river ordeal
Saudi King delegates Crown Prince Salman to oversee hajj
Jennifer Lopez To Pen Book On Marc Anthony Divorce
Mother-in-law, 70, charged in murder-for-hire plot
Dutch detain student and close dozens of schools after shooting threat
Discuss the last headline as a class.
Compare your ideas with the real story on the internet.
Give your opinion about these aspects of the story:
Why do you think that person made the threat? Do you think they were actually going to do it?
Why do you think the police took the threat so seriously?
Did the police over-react?
What might the punishment be for posting that message? Is that the right level of punishment?
What would the police do if the same thing happened in Japan?
How likely is something like this to happen in Japan in the near future?
For homework, write out your answers to those questions in full sentences. You can do more research before answering if you like, but you don’t have to.
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