News travels fast

Exercise

a) Go through the text carefully and find all the misunderstandings.
b) Talk about similar situations (if not as extreme) that you have experienced.
c) Make large groups and sit in a circle. One person makes up a complicated message and whispers it to his/her neighbour, who then whispers it to the next person, and so on. Compare the final message with the original.

Source

News travels fast

A school superintendent told his assistant superintendent the following:
Next Thursday at 10.30 a.m. Halley’s Comet will appear over this area. This is an event which occurs only once every 76 years. Call the school principals and have them assemble their teachers and classes on their athletic fields and explain this phenomenon to them. If it rains, then cancel the day’s observation and have the classes meet in the auditorium to see a film about the comet.

Assistant superintendent to school principals:
By order of the Superintendent of Schools, next Thursday at 10.30, Halley’s Comet will appear over your athletic field. If it rains, then cancel the day’s classes and report to the auditorium with your teachers and students where you will be shown films, a phenomenal event which occurs only once every 76 years.

Principals to teachers:
By order of the phenomenal Superintendent of Schools, at 10.30 next Thursday, Halley’s Comet will appear in the auditorium. In case of rain over the athletic field the Superintendent will give another order, something which occurs once every 76 years.

Teachers to students:
Next Thursday at 10.30, the Superintendent of Schools will appear in our school audiotorium with Halley’s Comet, something which occurs every 76 years. If it rains the Superintendent will cancel the Comet and order us all out to our phenomenal athletic field.

Students to parents:
When it rains next Thursday at 10.30 over the school athletic field, the phenomenal 76-year-old Superintendent of Schools will cancel all classes and appear before the whole school in the audiotorium accompanied by Bill Haley and the Comets.

GLOSSARY
superintendent – her: skolesjef
appear over – her: vise seg
comet – komet
principal – rektor
assemble – samle
cancel – avlyse
appear before – her: opptre
accompanied by – her: akkompagnert av
Bill Haley and His Comets: The legendary record 'Rock around the Clock' (1955) is what made this music genre so popular. For this reason Bill Haley is by many considered the “father” of rock music. The name of his backing band was The Comets.