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Monthly news lesson: Fake news is “killing people’s minds”

Apple chief Tim Cook calls on governments and technology companies to crack down on misinformation in public discourse.

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  • With due respect, I can't agree with Anonymous that the news articles are biased towards the UK and USA. Without even looking at the archives, I can recall a worksheet based on the FIFA World Cup, one about Japan, an African girl story and piece based on a story from New Zealand. The fake news worksheet can be supplemented with material from your own country with a minimal effort – don't we all have to deal with 'alternative facts' on a daily basis?

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  • Hi there,

    I'm sorry you feel that way about our news lessons however we do make a big effort to select news stories about events happening all over the world. You can see in our list of weekly news lessons here http://www.onestopenglish.com/skills/news-lessons/weekly-topical-news-lessons/2017-weekly-news-lesson-archive/

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  • I'm tired of so many articles or "news" resources being about US or UK news. There is so much going on all over the world, yet most resources for learning English are about these areas. Yes, they are where English is spoken, but the world is not the US and the UK and English is spoken with many accents in many places all over the globe.

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  • Hi George,

    Many thanks for your feedback. This is a very interesting point regarding the consensus over what words mean. A cursory google search reveals that the Macmillan Online Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary cite misinformation and disinformation as 'false information that is intended to deceive' but that other sources agree with you that disinformation is spread intentionally to deceive whereas misinformation is simply false information and is not intentionally spread to deceive. As the worksheets for these lessons use the Macmillan Dictionary definitions, we haven't altered them. However, this is an excellent opportunity to delve into the exciting world of prefixes with your class.

    Thanks again for the feedback. We're glad to hear you enjoyed this lesson.

    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • Thank you for this resource, as ever. It's quite timely. However, the upper-intermediate worksheet contains an error when it defines misinformation; I think the given definition refers to disinformation.

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