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

Answer the following question (one or several answers possible)

Why was Andrew Lacoste happy?

 He was going to America.
 He had good news.
 He received a salary increase.

Answer the following question

How many children do Andrew and Juliette have?

Listening skill

Choose the right answer

What did Juliette say when she heard the news?

 America, here we come
 I have never lived in America
 I don’t know whether to cheer or to cry

Choose the right answer

Do you think the family is happy with Andrew’s news?



Answer the following question

Was Andrew’s news good or bad?

Choose the right answer

What is a piano?

 A card game
 A musical instrument
 A type of dog
 None of the above


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

Turn the following question into indirect speech

"Where are we moving?", they asked

 They asked where were they moving.
 They asked where they were moving.
 They asked where they are moving.

Choose the right answer (one or several answers possible)

Andrew and all his family ... leave Paris as soon as possible.


Choose the right answer (one or several answers possible)

Andrew let his wife and children ... the big news.

 find out
 to find out
 to know

Complete the following sentence

Complete the sentence with the right words.

Andrew his family are ready to leave Paris to move abroad.

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