Speaking 수업 Sample
Topic : Fake news - Why is it happening?
Fake news – Why is it happening? Today, we will discuss fake news. Why is ithappening? Why are people creating fake news?
Have they got nothing better to do?
To clarify, fake news is the deliberate spread of misinformation. It is a type of hoax. It is phoney news. It can also be biased news, to derail a situation or real story.
Fake news is not factual news. So when people read a story, they struggle to know whether it is fact or fiction.
Like it or lump it, fake news is everywhere. The internet is flooded with fake news. It helps amplify someone’s viewpoint and helps increase online readership and online sharing.
This drives profits up, as payments are generated when ads are clicked. Fake news can go viral, thus increasing clicks and income, even more.
Right now, many people are discussing fake news. There are websites dedicated to this. Quite why fake news is allowed is beyond me, but these days, the internet allows this, as does social media. It makes it easy to spread fake or false news. This can also be government propaganda. TV channels have added their fake news, as well, which can also be for political reasons.
At a White House press conference recently, the new American president Donald Trump blasted CNN and the BBC for their fake news reporting on him.
Both organisations were banned from the next White House press briefing.
Donald Trump said, “Fake news is the enemy of the people, and they are”. He added, “They have no sources, they just make ‘em up, when there are none.” He has attacked The New York Times
for their fake news. It sent readership subscriptions through the roof.
Russia, allegedly, has been accused of creating fake American news. Meanwhile, Facebook is supposedly fighting fake news. Really?
SPEAKING – WARM UP
What is fake news? Where does it come from? Go round the room swapping details with others.
SPEAKING - UNDERSTANDING
1) The article – Students check any unknown vocabulary or phrases with the teacher.
2) The article - Students should look through the article with the teacher.
1) What is the article about?
2) What do you think about the article?
3) Was this an easy or difficult article to understand?
4) Was this a boring or interesting article?
5) Discuss the article.
3) Article quiz - Students quiz each other in pairs. Score a point for each correct answer.
Score half a point each time you have to look at the article for help. See who can get the highest score!
Student A questions
1) What is fake news?
2) Name the president.
3) What colour is the house?
4) Name the TV companies.
5) Name the newspaper.
Student B questions
1) What is Facebook doing?
2) What is Russia allegedly accused of?
3) What does ‘viral’ and ‘amplify’ mean?
4) Explain the meaning of ‘hoax’, ‘fake’ and ‘phoney’.
5) Who spreads propaganda?