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Session 2

Hollywood screenwriters have reached a deal to prevent the first strike in 10 years. Neil and Dan teach you how to use the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

News Review

Deal struck to end strike

A screenwriters' strike in Hollywood has been averted and a deal has been struck. 

Language challenge

We can use the word strike in various set expressions. Which of these is NOT a set expression with ‘strike’?

a) go on strike
b) strike a deal
c) strike a job

Watch the video and complete the activity

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The story

Reports from Los Angeles say a deal has been struck to avert the first strike by Hollywood screenwriters in a decade. Members of the Writers Guild of America had been demanding better pay and benefits.

Key words and phrases

averted
stopped something bad from happening

tentative
not certain or definite

looms
causes worry

To do

Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language.

News Review quiz

3 Questions

Now you've watched the video, try to answer these questions about the language in the news.

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Language challenge - answer

c) strike a job

End of Session 2

Join us in Session 3 for Pronunciation in the News - our video which teaches you pronunciation using the latest BBC World News bulletins. 

Session Vocabulary

  • averted
    stopped something bad from happening

    tentative
    not certain or definite

    looms
    causes worry