The Reading / Listening - TV News - Level 5

Young people in the UK are watching less news on television. This is according to a regulatory body that oversees broadcasting in the UK. This is no surprise as young people are increasingly addicted to their smartphones. They prefer YouTube videos, social media and games to TV news programmes. A British newspaper reported that: "The youth of the nation are more likely to get their day's news about the world from social media or by reading graffiti in bus stations than seeing it on the telly, with the average 16-24-year-old watching just two minutes' worth of live TV news per day."



Research into the news-viewing habits of British people was called "News Consumption in the UK: 2019". It shows that young people are mainly using social media as their news source. Researchers wrote that, "UK adults are consuming news more actively via social media". People are making more posts on Facebook and Twitter about the news compared to last year. The regulatory body said presenting TV news stories in a less complicated way might attract more young people. Some people suggested this would be "dumbing down content for young audiences".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    TV News - Level 4 or  TV News - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/jul/24/young-people-uk-abandon-tv-news-almost-entirely-ofcom
  • https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0027/157914/uk-news-consumption-2019-report.pdf
  • https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2019/07/young-people-have-given-up-on-the-tv-news/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. This is according to
  2. This is no
  3. people are increasingly addicted
  4. The youth
  5. get their day's news
  6. reading
  7. the average 16-24-
  8. two minutes' worth of
  1. year-old
  2. to their smartphones
  3. about the world
  4. live TV news per day
  5. a regulatory body
  6. of the nation
  7. surprise
  8. graffiti

Paragraph 2

  1. Research into the news-viewing
  2. young people are mainly
  3. news
  4. adults are consuming news
  5. People are making more posts
  6. in a less
  7. attract more young
  8. dumbing down content for young
  1. source
  2. people
  3. audiences
  4. on Facebook
  5. complicated way
  6. habits
  7. more actively
  8. using social media

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Young people in the UK are watching (1) ___________________ television. This is according to (2) ___________________ that oversees broadcasting in the UK. This is no surprise as young people are increasingly (3) ___________________ smartphones. They prefer YouTube videos, social media and games to TV news programmes. A British newspaper reported that: "The youth of the (4) ___________________ likely to get their day's news about the world from social media or by (5) ___________________ bus stations than seeing it on the telly, with the average 16-24-year-old watching just two minutes' (6) ___________________ TV news per day."

Research into the (7) ___________________ of British people was called "News Consumption in the UK: 2019". It shows that young people are mainly using social media as (8) ___________________. Researchers wrote that, "UK adults are consuming news (9) ___________________ social media". People are making more posts on Facebook and Twitter about the news (10) ___________________ year. The regulatory body said presenting TV news stories in a less complicated (11) ___________________ more young people. Some people suggested this would (12) ___________________ content for young audiences".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

YoungpeopleintheUKarewatchinglessnewsontelevision.Thisisaccor
dingtoaregulatorybodythatoverseesbroadcastingintheUK.Thisisnos
urpriseasyoungpeopleareincreasinglyaddictedtotheirsmartphones.
TheypreferYouTubevideos,socialmediaandgamestoTVnewsprogra
mmes.ABritishnewspaperreportedthat:"Theyouthofthenationarem
orelikelytogettheirday'snewsabouttheworldfromsocialmediaorbyre
adinggraffitiinbusstationsthanseeingitonthetelly,withtheaverage16
-24-year-oldwatchingjusttwominutes'worthofliveTVnewsperday."R
esearchintothenews-viewinghabitsofBritishpeoplewascalled"New
sConsumptionintheUK:2019".Itshowsthatyoungpeoplearemainlyus
ingsocialmediaastheirnewssource.Researcherswrotethat,"UKadults
areconsumingnewsmoreactivelyviasocialmedia".Peoplearemaking
morepostsonFacebookandTwitteraboutthenewscomparedtolastyea
r.TheregulatorybodysaidpresentingTVnewsstoriesinalesscomplicat
edwaymightattractmoreyoungpeople.Somepeoplesuggestedthiswo
uldbe"dumbingdowncontentforyoungaudiences".

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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