Newspaper Headlines 16/17 ep.13
In this week's Premier Skills English podcast, Rich and Jack talk about the latest from the Premier League - there were big away wins for the top four! The language focus is on newspaper headlines. What makes newspaper headlines difficult to read? We also have news about our Premier Skills Fantasy Football team, a new football phrase for you to guess and a Premier League prediction for you to make in our weekly vote. Enjoy!
How much did you understand?
In the podcast, Rich and Jack used some words and phrases that might be new for you. You can see two examples here:
The Foxes fought back and equalised with a great goal from Ahmed Musa.
Sanchez's goal involved 22 passes and broke the previous record - also scored against Sunderland.
There were a few more tricky words in the podcast. Can you remember all of them? Try the activity below, then, listen to the podcast again to hear how we used the words in context. This can really help with understanding.
Newspaper Headlines - Alliteration
Newspaper headlines (the titles that you see in large letters) use different techniques to catch the reader's attention. One technique is to write in large letters, but newspapers also use language to attract attention. One way is to use something called alliteration. Alliteration is the technique of using the same letter or sound at the beginning of words. In the podcast headlines we often use alliteration a lot and this week's episode was no exception. Take a look at these examples:
Burnley's goalkeeper was in fantastic form
United and Spurs held at home
In this activity, try to think of the words that use alliteration in some different sentences.
Newspaper Headlines - Puns
Another technique that newspapers often use to attract attention in newspaper headlines are puns. Puns are phrases that have two or more meanings. Newspapers play with these phrases in some clever and funny ways. In the podcast, we looked at one specific headline:
Are Arsenal Gunner do it?
This pun plays on the phrase 'going to' in connected speech, which is pronounced 'gonna', and Arsenal's nickname - the Gunners. The headline should say 'Are Arsenal going to do it?' but 'going to' is replaced by 'Gunner' to make a pun. In the podcast, we used a pun to create our new section 'Stats amazing' this plays on the phrase 'that's amazing.' Some other puns we used in the podcast were:
When Joe Hart left Manchester City, I was Hart broken!
I've heard that the Manchester City manager gives a good half-time Pep talk!
The first pun plays with the surname of the ex-Manchester City goalkeeper, Joe Hart and the word heartbroken which means to be very sad about something. The second pun also plays with somebody's name. The Manchester City manager is called Pep Guardiola and 'a pep talk' is a short speech that is given to encourage people and make them work harder.
Newspaper Headlines - What do they mean?
In the podcast, we gave you three headlines from last weekend's Premier League matches and asked you to tell us if they used puns or alliteration. Here are the three headlines:
- Reds on Rampage
- Super-sub Giroud scores two
- Luk who scored
If you understand the headlines, tell us what they mean in the comments section!
Rich: Hello my name’s Rich
Jack: and I’m Jack
Rich: and welcome to this week’s Premier Skills English podcast
Jack: Where we talk about football and help you with your English.
Latest news headlines
Jack: Let’s start with the Premier League headlines this week.
Jack: Chelsea’s Eden Hazard was in superb form as Chelsea beat Southampton 2-0. The Blues are only one point behind the top three.
Player of the Week
Rich: What are you looking at there, Jack?
Jack: It’s the newspaper. I’m looking at the football reports. I’m reading about Arsenal.
Rich: We used another pun in our previous section. Stat’s amazing plays with the phrase ‘That’s amazing’ and is replaced with the word ‘stats’ which is a short version of statistics.
Jack: Last week’s prediction was on the Tottenham - Leicester match. And I’m very happy to say that we have our first correct score for the season, and I’m even happier to say that it’s me!!
Rich: Right, that’s all we have time for this week.
Jack: Don’t forget to write your answers to our questions and make a guess at our football phrase in the comments below. And remember to take a look at our Fantasy Football page and join in the discussions!
In Gameweek 10, Tottenham and Leicester drew 1-1, Jack made the first correct score of the season! Well done, Jack! It takes him to the top of our leaderboard on 6 points! Rich and our podcast listeners stay on 4 points after picking Tottenham and Leicester victories, respectively. Remember, it's one point for the correct result and two additional points for the correct score. The big match in Gameweek 11 is the North London Derby - Arsenal v Spurs! Can you predict the right score?
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What do you think?
In this week’s podcast, Jack and Rich spoke about newspaper headlines.
Do you read newspapers? Are newspapers usually read online or offline these days?
In the UK, the sport is at the back of a newspaper. Is it the same in your country? What's today's main headline?
We gave you three headlines in the podcast. Can you tell us what they mean? Can you write a new headline using alliteration or a pun?