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dateline: 28 September 2016

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US Presidential Debate Breaks TV Record

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • debate: a formal argument or discussion between at least two people
  • candidate: a person who has a chance of filling a position
  • tune in: to turn a television or device to a certain channel
  • take into account: to count something towards the total
  • declare: to make a formal announcement or statement

US Presidential Debate Breaks TV Record

The US presidential debate candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump broke a TV record this Monday. At least 84 million viewers tuned in for the heated debate. The previous debate of 80 million viewers was set in by Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. This week’s count only includes live viewers of US TV channels. It does not take into account who watched via social media channels or those who watched in large groups at places like restaurants. Some post-debate surveys declared┬áMrs Clinton the winner while others gave the win to Mr. Trump. There are two more presidential debates scheduled before the US election on .

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who are Mrs Clinton and Mr Trump?
  2. What record did they break?
  3. What does the number 84,000 not include?

Discussion Questions: What is the role of a moderator in a debate, and what qualities does a good moderator have?

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