Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Wikileaks: The Interview

Hello everyone.

In our Level 3 classes (Intermediate) we have been looking at the case of a young librarian, Jessica, who, for a month, trained as a television journalist, interviewing politicians. I promised you that I would give you some real life examples of interviews in a future lesson.

And as luck would have it, the BBC's Radio 4 (domestic) carries an interview with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. He is being interviewed on the "Today " programme by John Humphrys, who is one of Britain's best-known radio journalists and presenters.

When you click on the link I have provided, below, you will go directly to the "Today" web site. You'll be able to listen to the interview, during which Mr Assange explains why he does not want to return to Sweden to face charges of sexual assault. As you listen, you can read the transcript of the interview.

I recommend this to everyone. This is authentic, spoken English, yet the speech is not too rapid. And if you have problems, you can refer to the transcript.

Here is the link to the interview. When you have finished listening, please do leave a comment or a message on the Tag Board to give everyone your reactions.

Coming soon: a guide to web sites to help you with our latest grammar, plus a further Six Minute English Quiz.

Ciao for now!


sara said...

where are the questions about this interview ?

Mike said...

I'll put up some questions in the next few days - but this room is freezing cold! More soon,

Anonymous said...

Tamara and me spent about 3 hours to listen, interpret and understand the Julian Assange interview.
John Humphrys speak a clear and understandable English. But are you sure that Julian Assange isn't a little bit dyslexic? ;-))
Ok, just kidding (but not so much), we had to listen Assange voice several times before be able to understand some words of him.
One thing is sure: Assange is very interested in political affairs, particularly to that wrong name of the English Minister about we talk some weeks ago... ;-)))))))))))
ciao f.

Michael said...

Hi Francesco! Thanks very much for your message.
Look out for the 12 questions that I am about to post. Read them before listening again. I hope they will help to focus your listening skills on the interview and understand it better.