Jan 3, 2021

News Quiz 2020

Photo by Victor He on Unsplash
Here's the delayed 2020 edition of my traditional news quiz with apologies to my friends and followers. I hope it still arrives in time for your first lesson of the new year.

This year's quiz is heavily influenced by the pandemic, which shouldn't come as a surprise! Still it has a considerable dose of non-Covid related new stories from the world of sports, science and entertainment.

The unprecedented events of the year call for a slight change in the format of the quiz. As most of you are probably teaching remotely (using Zoom or MS Teams), the quiz is made with Google Slides and Quizizz (which is similar to Kahoot, but better!) and can be used in both traditional and remote teaching scenarios.

Another change is that the questions are all multiple choice this time. As usual, the idea is to get through the quiz part of the activity as quickly as possible - and multiple choice helps keep this part short - and devote sufficient time to the language.

The quiz is available in two levels:
  • Advanced (B2+/C1 or higher)
  • Intermediate (B1/B2)
For each level three formats are available. All of these are editable so you can adapt them if you wish.

  • a Google Slides presentation. To edit, click on File -> Make a copy
  • a Google Doc. To edit, click on File -> Download -> select the desired format
  • a gamified quiz created on Quizizz 
Below you will also find:
  • the Teacher's guide (note that the document is being updated) 

UPDATE 10 January 2021: Click HERE for follow up language-focused activities

Wishing you all a happier year ahead!

Google Slides

Advanced (B2+/C1) level followed by language focus

Preview below or click HERE to download 

Intermediate (B1/B2) level followed by language focus

Preview below or click HERE to download


Google Docs

This is the 'old' format suitable for a face-to-face classroom. This can also be sent to students by email for review after the lesson.

Advanced (B2+/C1) level with answers

Preview below or click HERE to download the editable Google doc


Intermediate (B1/B2) level with answers

Preview below or click HERE to download the editable Google doc




Teacher's Guide




Credits & acknowledgements


21 comments:

  1. Thanks a lot for sharing! I use your news quiz every year. Students love it!!

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    1. Thank you. I'm happy to hear. Where do you teach?

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  2. I wait in anticipation for Leo's news quiz every year because it is so rich in information and is a pedagogical treasure.

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    1. This is so nice to hear, Marlene. And thank you for the Jeopardy version. I've shared it in the follow up post.

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  3. Thank you for sharing your work. I've done this activity before and it has always been a success. It's great!

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  4. Thanks a lot for sharing! I love this activity! I did it last year with my students and we all enjoyed it , I'm sure it's going to be the same this year too. Great job ! Many thanks:)

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  5. Thanks for sharing, great job!

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  6. Thanks for sharing! I do it every year and my students always enjoy it, will do this year's this afternoon. Many thanks!

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    1. Thank you, Laura. Please let us know how it went.

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  7. I just came across your blog yesterday and loved the ideas. Used them three times today, worked great and I'm continuing with two groups tomorrow - both levels. Thank you very much, you did a fabulous job.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Agnieszka. I'm glad it worked well. Do check out the follow up activities.

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  8. I come here every year for your quiz. Thanks a million!

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    1. Comments like this make my day. Thank you!

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