Lesson: React to Good or Bad News

In this lesson, you will learn how to react to good or bad news using different expressions

Let’s start by defining what Good and Bad News are:

  • Good news refers to information or events that are positive, beneficial, or favorable in nature. Good news typically brings happiness, relief, or satisfaction to the recipient.

  • Bad news refers to information or events that are negative, unfavorable, or undesirable in nature. Bad news often brings disappointment, concern, or distress to the recipient.

Time to learn and practice how to react to good and bad news

Task #1: Expressions to React


Read the expression and categorize them into neutral, for good news and for bad news

Task #2: Good or Bad Situations


Before we get started, let’s check the vocabulary that you will probably need for the task.

A raiseEnvironment
To lay offPaycheck
To FireHolidays
To PromoteLong Hours
To DemoteWritten Warning
To shut downPerformance review
To SueScholarship
To RetireWeeks off


Now it is time to classify the situations into good or bad news


Now you have to identify the tense used in each one of the sentences

These are the options

ASimple Past
BSimple Present
CSimple Future


Now react to each one of the situations using some of the expression introduced earlier

For example:

  • I work with my best friends
  • That’s really awesome

Task #3: Dialogue


Pick one of the previous situation and create a dialogue with your partner

Make sure the dialogue includes:

  1. Greeting
  2. Small Talk
  3. Situation (Good or Bad New)
  4. Reaction
  5. Follow-up questions
  6. Farewell

Task #4: Writing Task


Write what the teacher requests

Manuel Campos, English Professor

Manuel Campos

I am José Manuel and I am an English Teacher in Costa Rica who loves English. I have been teaching English for more than 8 years and I like sharing what I know with others