This week the ‘Thinking in English’ Community is talking about fake News!

Fake News is a common term in today’s world. With recent changes in media and in the way we learn new information, it has become harder to know what is true.

Whether it is deliberate disinformation or accidental misinformation, fake news is sometimes hard to avoid. So, how do we avoid it? How do we spot it?

Here are 10 conversation questions to get you talking about Fake News!

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Conversation Questions: Fake News!

1. What is fake news? Can you give an example of it?

2. Do you think fake news is a big problem in your country? Why / Why not?

3. Where do you get your news? Is it a reliable source?

4. Do you think there is too much news available today?

5. Where is the best place to get honest news?

6. How important is it for news to be unbiased?

7. Have you ever shared news that you found out was fake? What did you do?

8. Are you worried about deepfakes and AI in the media?

9. What would be your advice to someone who wants to avoid reading or sharing fake news?

10. “Information is only as reliable as the people reading it.”

What do you think this quote means? Do you agree with it?

Vocabulary List:

  • Reliable
    • Someone or something that is reliable can be trusted or believed because he, she, or it works or behaves well in the way you expect
  • Source
    • someone or something that supplies information
  • Honest
    • telling the truth or able to be trusted and not likely to steal, cheat, or lie
  • Unbiased
    • able to judge fairly because you are not influenced by your own opinions
  • Deepfake
    • a video or sound recording that replaces someone’s face or voice with that of someone else, in a way that appears real
  • Advice
    • an opinion that someone offers you about what you should do or how you should act in a particular situation
A journalist is interviewing someone as a source of information.
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By Thomas Brock

Hi I'm Thomas and I'm an English language teacher and editor. I teach English to adults from all over the world. I focus on written English and on conversational English. I also edit written English in a number of different fields and areas. When I'm not teaching I'm travelling as much as I can, cooking new dishes, and trying hard to play and watch sports.

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