Dec 29, 2018

News Quiz 2018

gilets jaune drapeau bbr sur les champs elysees nov 2018
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Although I haven't been a very active blogger this year - but check my posts on the CUP blog -  the traditional end-of-year news quiz is here as always! Focusing on key news stories from 2018 I tried to keep a balance between politics, showbiz and sports. And as usual, it's packed with lots of lexical chunks and other vocabulary items for your students to explore.

The quiz is available in two levels:

- Intermediate (B1+/B2-) including a multiple choice version
- Advanced (B2/C1 or higher)

Both versions can be downloaded in Word format if you want to adapt them.

The Intermediate level quiz has been rigorously checked using English Vocabulary Profile and VocabProfiler on LexTutor. The former helped ascertain that the quiz includes vocabulary appropriate for the B1-B2 levels (on the CEFR scale) and the latter that the majority of the words (96%) are in the top 3000 most frequent words in English (K1-K3). There are only 11 words (tokens) that fall outside the K1-K3 frequency bands. Nine words are in the K4 band (3001-4000), such as deteriorate and erupt - it is estimated that B2 level students should know 4000 words. And only two words are beyond the K4 band: icon (K5) and marijuana (K7), which, being cognates, will be familiar to speakers of most European languages.

An important caveat: the above mentioned tools supply data concerning individual words, not lexical chunks of which there are many in both versions of the quiz, for example in high spirits and came out in force.

The quiz is accompanied by a 10-page teachers' guide (scroll down) filled with ideas on how to use it in class and exploit the language from the quiz.

As usual, follow-up activities for vocabulary review and practice will be posted in a few days. Check back in the New Year.

UPDATE: Click HERE for vocabulary review activities

Happy New Year!

Advanced level with answers

or download as Word doc  

Intermediate level with answers (+ Multiple choice version)

Teachers' notes

UPDATE (2.01.2019) !

News Quiz with highlighted lexical chunks (advanced)

Adjective + Noun / Noun + Noun collocations
Collocations with Verbs
Other chunks


  1. Thanks for sharing. Great idea for the end of the year lesson.

    1. I usually do it as the beginning of the year lesson. LessonS actually. I will be posting follow up activities later on

    2. yes, thanks
      I meant either the last lesson in 2018 or first lesson in 2019. I actually gave them a few of the questions and asked them to google them. It was very successful.

    3. Thank you for sharing your ideas and classroom activities. I was looking for something to start off with a group of students preparing for the final exams in Finland and landed on your site. The news quiz looks like a fun and useful activity for example to lighten a lesson. Will visit your site again.

  2. Wow...great quiz, thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Dear Leo,
    Thanks a million for sharing this with your colleagues. I've integrated your quiz into my "Happy-New-Year" classes for years and I'm super grateful for the work you do. It's a time saver in terms of research for class and always good fun.
    Happy New Year to you and snowy (finally ;) greetings from the Unversity of the the German Armed Forces / Munich

    1. Dear Marlen,

      Thank you for this. It makes me happy to know that others find this useful and enjoyable.

      P.S. I'll be in Munich at the end of the month.


  4. Leo, thanks a lot for your great ideas! My students and I find them absolutely fantastic. And I can't wait to use your follow-up activities :-)

  5. Thank you, Leo. I was late for the previous meeting and missed this quiz.

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