Current Affairs- Vocab & Speaking

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Topic: General

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Current Affairs Vocabulary Brainstorming and Speaking
Brainstorm language for these current affairs categories in teams. You will get one point 
for each word or phrase which is on your list and not in the answer key. 
Disasters and environmental problems

Crimes
 

Punishments
 

Verbs connected to crime and punishment
 

People connected to crime and punishment
 

Politicians and what they do
 

Economic figures
 

Social problems
 

Words connected to war
 

International organisations
 

Other parts of a newspaper/ Other kinds of news

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2012

Current Affairs Vocabulary- Suggested Answers
Disasters and environmental problems
Flood, landslide/ avalanche, storm (hurricane/ cyclone/ typhoon), drought, famine/ 
starvation, volcanic eruption, earthquake, tidal wave/ tsunami, forest fire, crash/ collision/ 
pileup, fire, acid rain, pollution, oil spill/ oil slick, hole in the ozone layer, global warming, 
rising sea levels, extinction of endangered animals, illegal logging, tax dodging, epidemic, 
Crimes
Theft/ robbery (e.g. bag snatching, pickpocketing, burglary, shoplifting, mugging), (first de-
gree) murder/ homicide, second degree murder/ manslaughter, bribery, blackmail, insider 
trading, drink driving, arson, smuggling, terrorism, sexual harassment, illegal discrimina-
tion, organised crime (e.g. mafia and gangs), rape, assault
Punishments
Prison sentence (e.g. a life sentence), death penalty/ capital punishment, community 
service, suspended sentence, corporal punishment, fine, compensation/ damages, 
Verbs connected to crime and punishment
Arrest, escape/ flee, question, confess, deny, prosecute, break in, threaten, steal, hide, 
apologise, convict, release, commit, investigate, 
People connected to crime and punishment
Lawyer, judge, magistrate, criminal, suspect, victim, prison guard, police officer, private 
detective, suspect, witness, alibi, jury, court reporter, defendant/ accused
Politicians and what they do
MP, senator, congressman, mayor, local counsellor, PM, president, candidate, vice 
president, MEP, incumbent, shadow minister, minister, The Chancellor (of the Exchequer)/ 
finance minister, lawmaker, president in waiting, conservative, leftwinger, member of the 
House of Lords, leader of the opposition, Speaker, cabinet, give a speech, vote, resign, 
release a statement, stand for election, take bribes, write a manifesto, form a coalition, 
retract a statement, be interviewed
Economic figures
Inflation, unemployment rate, business confidence, GDP, GNP, economic growth, interest 
rates, consumer confidence, stockmarket index (e.g. FTSE, Dow Jones), budget deficit, 
trade deficit, bankruptcies, household debt, national debt
Social problems
Abortion. divorce, bullying (e.g. in the workplace), censorship, child labour, data protection 
problems, domestic violence, educational standards, birthrate, addiction, globalisation, 
vandalism (e.g. graffiti), health scares, homelessness, human trafficking, gambling, 
weapons, immigration, inequality, NEETs, vigilantism, obesity, poverty, e.g. the Working 
Poor, school absenteeism, sex industry, stress-related illnesses, suicide
Words connected to war
Battle, attack, retreat, pact, ceasefire/ truce, defeat, ethnic cleansing, prisoner of war 
camp, refugee, civil war, ethnic tensions, invade, capture, defend/ hold off, ally, enemy, 
mediator, 
International organisations
UNHCR, Red Cross, ASEAN, OPEC, IMF, World Bank, NATO, Amnesty International, 
UNESCO, WTO, WHO, EU, APEC, NAFTA
Other parts of a newspaper/ Other kinds of news
Opinion/ column/ editorial, reviews, listings, crossword, sports, weathercelebrity gossip, 
political scandal, cartoon

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2012

Use as many words from above as you can to talk about recent news and news sources.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2012