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Session 99

US President Trump has been accused of racism. Catherine and Dan teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

News Review

Trump 'racist' tweets

US President Donald Trump has been criticised for posting tweets directed at four non-white congresswomen.

Language challenge

'An extreme dislike or fear of foreigners' is known as:

a) zenophobia

b) xeknowfobya

c) xenophobia

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The story

A group of Democratic congresswomen criticised by President Trump in a series of racially-charged tweets have accused him of pursuing a white-nationalist agenda. At a joint news conference, the four women - none of them white - condemned what they called the president's 'xenophobic comments'. One of them, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, said that all American citizens had a right to be in the US - no matter the colour of their skin or their religion.

Key words and phrases

pass around and through a group or system

• Make sure to wash your hands. There's flu circulating at the moment.
• Once the news had circulated around the company, the CEO called a meeting.

loud and angry complaint

• After his anger-fuelled rant, the lecturer had a headache and needed to lie down.
• I always feel better after a good rant – it clears all your frustrations!

take the bait
react to provocation

• The younger sibling didn't take the bait when his older brother teased him.
• Despite his opponent's insults, the politician didn't take the bait and stayed on topic.

To do

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News Review quiz

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Language challenge answer

c) xenophobia


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