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Unit 1: Fake News: Fact and Fiction
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Session 2

In Fake News: Fact and Fiction we break down the concepts and language connected with 'fake news'. In this episode we examine the word 'news'. Does it stand for 'north, south, east, west'? Find out here!

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

Where does 'news' really come from?

'News' - where does it come from and what does it really mean?

Most people follow the news - it can be difficult to avoid sometimes. But what is it, and where does the word come from? In episode two of our new series, Fake News: Fact and Fiction, we take a look at the word 'news'. 

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Key vocabulary

no news is good news
everything is OK, probably

that's news to me
I didn't know that

breaking news
new news

to break the news
to pass on news to someone

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We hope you enjoyed Episode 2 of Fake News: Fact and Fiction. Our next episode is on the word 'information' Find all episodes here.

You can find more BBC videos about Fake News here.