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

Choose the right answer

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

Who is the youngest child in the family?

Listening skill

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What did Juliette do when she heard Andrew’s news?

 she smiled
 she frowned
 she cried

Answer the following question

What is another word for “kids”?


Choose the right answer

What is a piano?

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

Answer the following question

Find a word in the text that means “bouquet”.


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

Turn the following sentence into passive voice

The family has waited for Andrew this morning.

 Andrew was waited for by his family this morning.
 Andrew has been waited for by his family this morning.
 Andrew is waited for by his family this morning.

Choose the right answer

Juliette looks forward ... to the USA.

 to going
 to go

Complete the following sentence

Complete the following sentence with the right modal.

The family's departure (was bound to|ought to) happen.

Choose the right answer

Andrew ... buy some gifts for his family.

 had better

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