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

Choose the correct relationship:

 Diane is Zoe’s sister.
 Diane is Zoe’s brother.
 Diane is Zoe’s mother.

Answer the following question

What type of flowers did Andrew come home with?

Listening skill

Choose the right answer

Why did the kids shout?

 They were excited that their father was home.
 They were excited about moving to the USA.
 They were excited because their mother was smiling.

Choose the right answer

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



Choose the right answer

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


Answer the following question

Find a word in the text that is a synonym for “increase.”


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 (one or several answers possible)

Andrew told his family some big news.

 His family was told some big news by Andrew.
 Some big news was told to his family by Andrew.
 Andrew was told some big news.

Complete the following sentence

Complete the following sentence with the right modal.

"You (can|shall|should) prepare the children for the big news", said Juliette.

Turn the sentence into passive voice using "get"

The rain caught Andrew on his way home.

 Andrew gets caught by the rain on his way home.
 Andrew got caught by the rain on his way home.
 Andrew is getting caught by the rain on his way home.

Choose the right answer

Andrew gives his wife a lot of flowers.

 He gives them to her.
 He gives it to her.
 He gives to her them.

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