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.

Choose the right answer

When Andrew called Juliette in the morning, did he :

 Shout loudly to her
 Speak to her on the telephone
 Send her an email

Listening skill

Answer the following question

What is another word for “kids”?

Choose the right answer

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

 she smiled
 she frowned
 she cried


Answer the following question

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

Answer the following question

Was Andrew’s news good or bad?


Attention, dans les questions suivantes vous devez donner toutes les réponses grammaticalement possibles, sans tenir compte du sens de l'épisode.

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.

Drag and drop the answers in the following text

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.

Answer the following question (one or several answers possible)

"Do you want to leave Paris?"

 Yes, I do.
 No, I don't.
 Yes, I will.
 Yes, I shall

Choose the right answer (one or several answers possible)

The family was told that the idea of leaving was bad, ... the whole family thought the contrary.

 even if
 even though

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