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How false information spreads

Listen to the radio interview about how false information spreads and do the exercises to practise and improve your listening skills.

Instructions

Do the preparation exercise before you listen. Then do the other exercises to check your understanding.

Preparation

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How false information spreads

Match the words with their definitions.

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an infectious disease which covers the body in small red spots

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to give a person an injection to prevent them getting a disease

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not based on facts or proof

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statements that are not correct

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to change something so that it doesn't work as intended

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to intentionally damage property belonging to others

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a plan to trick or deceive someone

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an African mammal with a long nose that eats ants

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to write or say the words of a writer, book, etc.

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to prove that something is true

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HideCheck your understanding: multiple choice

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Read the questions and choose the correct answer.

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Which statement about circular reporting is true?

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Which statement is correct about journalists?

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Which statement is correct?

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Which statement is true about Wikipedia?

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What is true about childhood vaccines and autism?

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Which statement is correct?

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How false information spreads

Complete the expressions from the audio with the phrase below

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1.  _________________________ (using as few words as possible), it’s the confirmation of false information.

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2. ... and ____________________ (not at all) is obvious as being false.

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3. … then he forgot about it and _________________________ (spent no time thinking about it).

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4. That’s not to say that all information on Wikipedia is false ___________________ (not at all).

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5. … unsupported claims were picked up by the media and __________________ (became known by lots of people very quickly).

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6. We often _________________ (accept things as they are, rather than thinking carefully about them).

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