Curso First Certificate Exam

LOS CURSOS DE INGLES GRATIS PREFERIDOS POR LOS HISPANOHABLANTES

 

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Headline English

 

 

 

 

GRAMMAR

A headline is the heading or caption of a newspaper article.

Newspapers headlines try to catch the reader's eye by using as few words as possible. The language headlines use is, consequently, unusual in a number of ways. Let us see:

Grammar words, such as articles or auxiliary verbs, are often left out:

EARLY CUT FORECAST IN INTEREST RATES

A simple form of the verb is used:

MAYOR OPENS HOSPITAL

The infinitive is used to describe something that is going to happen in the future:

PRESIDENT TO VISIT FLOOD AREA

   

VOCABULARY

Newspapers headlines use  a lot of distinctive vocabulary. They usually prefer words that are shorter and sound more dramatic than ordinary English words.

We suggest that you print out this list for the activities on the next page:

PAPER WORD

 

MEANING

PAPER WORD

 

MEANING

aid

help

key

essential, vital

ax

cut, remove

link

connection

back

support

loom

is likely to happen

bar

exclude, forbid

move

step forward

bid

attempt

ordeal

painful experience

blast

explode, criticize

oust

push out

blaze

fire

pact

agreement

boost

incentive, increase

plea

request

boss/head

manager, director

pledge

promise

clash

dispute

poll

election, survey

combat

fight

probe

investigation

curb

restraint, limit

quit

leave, resign

cut

reduction

seek

look for, pursue

deny

contradict

talks

discussions

drive

campaign, effort

threat

danger

go-ahead/nod

approval

vow

promise

hike

increase

wed

marry

NOTE: The words in blue can be used either as nouns or verbs.

ABBREVIATIONS

Newspapers headlines often use abbreviations. These examples are commonly used in the media and the press:

GOV'T
House
FDA
CIA
R&D
IRS

  Government
   United States House of Representatives
  Food and Drug Administration
  Central intelligence Agency
  Research and Development
   Internal Revenue Service

HUMOUR

Some newspapers enjoy making jokes in their headlines by playing with words or punning (humorous use of words which sound the same).

For example, look at this headline about a new treatment for colds:

CAN WE STOP SNIFFLES? GET ON YOUR SNEEZE AND SPRAY.

This is a play on the expression "Get on your knees and pray".

In the exercises below you can practise this grammar.

 

Headline English (I)

 

ACTIVITY 195: Match the headlines on the left with the appropriate topics on the right choosing the best alternatives from the menus. Then check the answers.

1.

STUDENTS BLAST MOVE
TO OUST TEACHER

 

 

 

2.

FAT LINKED
TO HEART DISEASE

 

 

 

3.

STAR WEDS
SECRETLY

 

 

 

4.

SPACE PROBE
FAILS

 

 

 

5.

MIDDAY NAPS GET THE NOD
FROM RESEARCHERS

 

Headline English (II)

 

ACTIVITY 196: Now, try to explain in your own words what the headlines below mean. Then check each alternative answer.

A.

STORE BLAZE IN CARACAS - 5 DEAD

 

B.

MOVE TO CREATE MORE JOBS IN PERU

 

C.

GO-AHEAD FOR WATER CURBS

 

D.

MAN QUITS AFTER JOB ORDEAL

 

E.

POLL PROBES SPENDING HABITS

 

F.

ELECTRIC COMPANY SEEKS RATE HIKE

 

Interesantes explicaciones para interpretar las noticias en diarios de países de habla inglesa !!! 
En la páginas restantes de esta lección practicarás comprensión oral con interesantes audios sobre el tema THE NEWS  ...

 

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