The Big News

The Big News


Andrew Lacoste came home with a bunch of flowers and a big smile on his face.  His wife Juliette knew he had big news, but didn’t know if it was good or bad.  He had called Juliette in the morning and told her to make sure all the children were together when he got home. He had big news and wanted everyone to hear it at the same time, even the baby.

Their oldest daughter Diane stopped playing piano and their oldest son Pierre left football practice early. Michel, 8 years old, hoped the big news was about a new pet.  He wanted a dog.  The baby Zoe just wanted to go to sleep. 

Andrew came home with a dozen roses and an apple pie.  “Guess what! I got a raise and we are all moving to the USA for one year.”


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Episode 1

Reading skill

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Why did Andrew want all his children to be at home?

 He wanted to share his news with them
 He was bringing them flowers and an apple pie
 He had a new puppy for Michel
 He wanted to be at home with his family

Answer the following question

How many children do Andrew and Juliette have?

Listening skill

Answer the following question

Find in the audio part another name for the USA.

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Where do the Lacostes live?



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Andrew comes home with “big” news. Does this mean the news is:


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Choose another word for “wife” in the text?



Attention, in the following questions you must give all the answers grammatically possible, regardless of the sense of the episode.

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Juliette ... worry about leaving Paris.

 didn't have to
 didn't need to

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Complete the following sentence.


Andrew came with the big news and he didn't want to give .

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Complete the following text with the right verbal form.


Andrew come home with a lot of flowers. The children always wait for him. Diane stop playing the piano before his arrival. The members of the family await him.

Complete the following sentence

Complete the sentence with the right words.

Andrew decided to tell his family they are to move to the USA, he gathered all of them.

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