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Intermediate level

Magna Carta commemoration

Episode 150615 / 15 Jun 2015

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report. Before you listen, read these three summaries. Now listen and decide which one is correct. Listen again if you need to.

a) The Queen and senior members of the royal family are introducing some new laws to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.
b) The Queen and senior members of the royal family are going to a ceremony to celebrate the sealing of the Magna Carta by King John, 800 years ago.
c) The Queen and senior members of the royal family are sealing a scroll originally made by King John, 800 years ago.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

How was that? Try listening again. Here are five definitions of key vocabulary which may help you.

getting underway
starting to happen

Magna Carta
a historical document from the year 1215 which shows what people in England were legally allowed to do

key rights
most important things you are legally allowed to do

scroll
roll of paper or similar material with writing on it

sealed
given official approval

Step 3: Transcript and answer

Still not sure? This time you can read the transcript. The answer's underneath.

Here in Britain, events are getting underway to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta – the document that introduced some of the key rights enjoyed in modern democracies.

The Queen and senior members of the royal family will be attending a ceremony in the meadows at Runnymede, where the scroll was sealed by King John in 1215.

Answer

The correct answer is:
b) The Queen and senior members of the royal family are going to a ceremony to celebrate the sealing of the Magna Carta by King John, 800 years ago.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio

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