Today’s picture: Preparing to go sailing, Mission Bay, Auckland
Part 1: Today's word
‘Accurate’ means ‘correct’ – especially with anything to do with numbers and calculations. It can also be used with interpretations and descriptions that give a correct view of something. Accuracy is also important in writing, as any errors may reduce the clarity and credibility of your message.
An atomic clock is the most accurate timepiece currently available.
There are serious doubts over the accuracy of the report.
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Part 2 : Test
Here are FOUR sentences with the word of the day. But only THREE are correct. Which is the Odd One Out?
Although it was entirely mechanical, Johnson’s clock proved to be a surprisingly accurate timepiece.
Unfortunately, her description contained a number of serious inaccuracies.
The agency’s predictions were found to be accurate in 95% of cases.
When you travel you need to know how to behave accurately in a wide range of social contexts.
Part 3: Practice Questions:
How accurate was the impression of university life you had before you started your studies?
Could you make an accurate prediction of your grade at the end of the course? What would you base this on?
Part 4: Kiwi Quiz Question
Which of the following is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site?
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Part 5: Today's online reading
This is an interview with a leading New Zealand environmentalist, Fraser Morgan, who has recently completed a major project called Environmental Domains of Antarctica.
Vocabulary for the article: to persevere / to go down (well / badly / like a lead balloon) / to validate research
Questions for the article:
1) How many countries claim parts of the Antarctic?
2) How has New Zealand been trying to help with conservation?
3) Which aspects of the Antarctic environment did they collect data about?
4) How did the New Zealand report go down with the other countries involved in the Antarctic?
5) How often has the lead researcher actually been to Antarctica?
Today’s musical intro / outro: From Brazil
‘Universo ao meu redor’ [Universe around me] by Marisa Monte. From the CD ‘Universo ao meu redor’. 2006: Blue Note Records
CD may be sampled and purchased from
here and you can see a live performance on Brazilian TV here