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1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
4. Use the discussion question to write an essay or discuss the story with other students.
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6. Pretend to be a news anchor by reading each story out loud.

dateline: 13 November 2012

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Barack Obama Re-elected As President

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • defeat: to beat an opponent
  • concede: to admit the truth (often unhappily)
  • conference centre: a large gathering place for people with common interests
  • election campaign: a series of events used to convince people to vote for a certain candidate or party

Barack Obama Re-Elected As President

After a very tight election race, US President Barack Obama was to office, Republican candidate Mitt Romney for the presidency. After Romney conceded, Obama entered a Chicago conference centre with Stevie Wonder’s song “Signed, Sealed, , I’m Yours” playing in the background. In his victory speech, the president Americans that “the best was yet to come” and that he was returning to the White House more hopeful than ever about his country’s future. Over 2 billion dollars was spent on the election campaign, making it the one in US history.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is Mitt Romney?
  2. Why does the report mention Stevie Wonder?
  3. What word did Obama use to describe his outlook on his country’s future?

Discussion Question: In your opinion, what is the greatest challenge that President Obama faces in his second term?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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