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2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
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dateline: 09 October 2019

Peach Emoji Has New Meaning

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • emoji: a small digital icon that expresses an emotion or subject
  • literal: the basic sense of a word or phrase
  • evolve: to change over time
  • surge: a sudden increase
  • potential: having a future possibility
  • impeachment: a charge against someone in public office (e.g., the president) for a serious wrongdoing
  • whistleblower: a person who shares secret information about misconduct

Peach Emoji Has New Meaning

Emoji are used to in different ways. An emoji often has a literal meaning, but it can also evolve to have other meanings. The peach emoji has had a surge in this month, and it has nothing to do with the fruit. The peach is now the emoji of choice used by those who the potential impeachment of President Trump. A whistleblower recently accused President Trump of bribing a leader to investigate a political opponent. American politicians are now trying to decide whether or not to begin an inquiry.

Comprehension Questions

1. The report is mainly about the evolvement of

Correct! Wrong!

The report is mainly about the evolvement of an emoji.

2. The peach emoji is being used to show support for

Correct! Wrong!

The peach emoji is being used to show support for the impeachment of President Trump.

3. A whistleblower accused President Trump of

Correct! Wrong!

A whistleblower accused President Trump of bribing a foreign leader for political gain.

Discussion Question

Do you use emoji to communicate? Which emoji do you use most and why?

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Written 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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