Gossip

gossip

Gossip – Listen to a conversation between a sociology student, Alice, and her professor, Dr Hawkins, discussing the social function of gossip. These activities will provide you with a great way to prepare for the IB English B listening exam as well as learn about ‘Gossip’.

  • Time

    20 minutes

  • Main Skill

    Listening

  • Theme and topic

    Social Organization: Gossip

Exercise 1
Exercise 2
Vocabulary

You will hear a conversation between a sociology student, Alice, and her professor, Dr Hawkins, discussing the social function of gossip

You will hear a conversation between a sociology student, Alice, and her professor, Dr Hawkins, discussing the social function of gossip

Here are the keywords and phrases covered in this lesson:

  • assumption
  • collective criticism
  • community
  • criticism
  • extroverts
  • gossip
  • introverts
  • observation
  • rumours
  • selfish behaviours
  • social function
  • social values
  • strong reservations
  • unrealistic
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  • Listening Skills
  • IB English B
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IB English B Language Skills

  • Listening & Speaking

    Skills to communicate both professionally and socially.

  • Reading

    Skills to stimulates imagination memory and recall information

  • Writing

    Skills to foster the ability to explain and refine ideas.

IB English B Themes

  • Experiences

    Opportunities to consider how events which take place impact an individual's life.

  • Human Ingenuity

    Opportunities to explore the sciences, technology and creativity.

  • Identities

    Opportunities to discover interests, values, belief and culture.

  • Sharing The Planet

    Opportunities to look at the challenges faced by individuals and communities in the modern world.

  • Social Organization

    Opportunities to explore the way in which groups of people organise themselves through common systems or interests.

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