Learning English

Inspiring language learning since 1943

English Change language

Session 25

Reports from South Africa say that the ANC have asked President Zuma to step down. Dan and Catherine teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

Sessions in this unit

Session 25 score

0 / 3

  • 0 / 3
    Activity 1

Activity 1

News Review

South African ruling party ANC reportedly ask President Zuma to go

Reports coming in from South Africa state that after a 13 hour meeting, the ANC, South Africa's ruling party, have asked leader and president, Jacob Zuma, to step down.

Language challenge

Reports from South Africa say that President Zuma has been asked to stand down, meaning ‘resign’. But which of these can also mean ‘resign’?

a) step down
b) step aside
c) stand aside
d) all of the above

Watch the video and complete the activity




Did you like that? Why not try these?  

NewsRevTeaser Thumbnail image for Everybody's Talking thumbnail for drunk dates____________________________________________________________________________________________________

The story

Reports in South Africa say the governing ANC has demanded that Jacob Zuma stand down as president of the country.

There’s been no official announcement, but local media say senior party figures took the decision after meeting for 13 hours to consider Mr Zuma’s future.


does something ineffectively or awkwardly

changes repeatedly between two states

digs in (his) heels
refuses to co-operate

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

Congratulations you completed the Quiz
Excellent! Great job! Bad luck! You scored:
x / y


You can download the audio and PDF document for this episode here. 

Language challenge - answer

d) all of the above


We hope you enjoyed this episode of News Review. You can find more episodes here.