Fake News

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 12, 2020 and last updated on May 8, 2023

In today’s digital age, fake news has become a prevalent issue that affects people’s beliefs, opinions, and decisions. Discussing fake news in conversation practice for English learners is an excellent way to improve their overall level and fluency.

It allows them to develop critical thinking skills, practice expressing their thoughts and opinions, and learn new vocabulary and grammar structures. By exploring different perspectives and evaluating the credibility of sources, learners can improve their communication skills and build confidence in using the English language effectively.

About Fake News

Fake news refers to intentionally fabricated, false information presented as if it were true. It can be spread various ways including through social media, websites and traditional media outlets. Fake news has evolved into a significant problem in society, leading to misunderstandings, mistrust and even causing harm.

In recent years, the rise of social media has facilitated the spread of fake news, as it is easy to share and propagate false information. Many people often believe fake news without verifying its accuracy or sources, leading to the creation of echo chambers and the spread of misinformation. As a result, fake news has the potential to impact the political, social, and economic landscape of society.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • umbiased (adjective)
  • report (verb)
  • mainstream (noun)
  • distrust (noun)
  • contradictory (adjective)
  • bias (noun)
  • significant (adjective)

Conversation Questions

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  • What is your understanding of the term "fake news"?
  • Do you trust the mainstream media?
  • How often do you watch the mainstream media?
  • Where do you usually get your news from?
  • Do you trust everything you hear on the news?
  • Where do you think is the best place to get honest reporting?
  • Do you think that news networks are unbiased?
  • What do you think is the best way to get the truth?
  • How do you think fake news impacts society?
  • What do you think are the most common sources of fake news?
  • Have you ever shared or believed a piece of fake news? How did you discover it was fake?
  • How can people differentiate between real and fake news?
  • What role do social media platforms play in the spread of fake news?
  • How can we educate people about the dangers of fake news?
  • Should social media companies be held accountable for the spread of fake news on their platforms?
  • Should there be legal consequences for people or organizations that intentionally spread fake news?
  • Should people be penalized for sharing fake news without verifying its accuracy?
  • Should media outlets be required to fact-check all information before publishing it?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.