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Session 32

Anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Mandela has died at the age of 81. Catherine and Dan teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

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News Review

Winnie Mandela dies

South African anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Mandela has died aged 81.

Language challenge

The prominent anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Mandela has died at the age of 81. Which of these options does NOT mean ‘prominent’?

a) noticeable
b) sticking out from a surface
c) important
d) none of the above

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The story

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has led tributes to the prominent anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Mandela, who has died at the age of 81. Winnie Mandela became an international symbol of the fight against white-minority rule when her husband Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Key words and phrases

bravely or boldly


spoiled or corrupted in some way

To do

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News Review quiz

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Language challenge - answer

d)  none of the above


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