Fake News

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 12, 2020 and last updated on July 17, 2023

The topic of fake news holds immense relevance for English learners as it aids in honing critical thinking and media literacy skills. Exploring this topic helps learners differentiate between reliable news sources and misinformation, enhancing their ability to evaluate information critically.

Additionally, it familiarises them with the techniques employed to create and spread fake news, empowering them to make informed choices as consumers and sharers of information. By delving into the topic of fake news, English learners develop essential skills to navigate the vast digital landscape and become discerning participants in today’s media-rich 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.

About Fake News

The pervasive issue of fake news has become a concerning phenomenon in today’s digital age. Fake news refers to intentionally false or misleading information presented as legitimate news. It spreads rapidly through social media platforms, impacting public opinion and undermining the credibility of reputable journalism. The consequences of fake news are far-reaching, ranging from misinformation and manipulation to social unrest and political polarisation.

Understanding the nature of fake news, its implications and strategies to identify and combat it are essential for individuals to navigate the complex information landscape and make informed decisions in the digital era.

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"?
  • How often do you watch the mainstream media?
  • 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 strategies can individuals employ to identify and combat fake news in their daily lives?
  • How has the rise of fake news impacted public trust in media?
  • Have you ever shared or believed a piece of fake news? How did you discover it was fake?
  • What role do social media platforms play in the spread of fake news?
  • Should media outlets be required to fact-check all information before publishing it?
  • Should there be legal consequences for people or organisations that intentionally spread fake news?
  • How can we educate people about the dangers of fake news?
  • Should schools incorporate media literacy and critical thinking courses to educate students about fake news?
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.