To provide clarification of fame lexis in the context of the road to fame
To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of the road to fame
Procedure (35-45 minutes)
Put pictures of famous people and ask the Ss if they know them, if they're famous and if it was easy for them to become famous? => So walking down the "road to fame" is not easy!
Divide Ss into groups (ideally 4 groups of 3). Give them the cut-up text. Instruction: Ask them to work in groups and re-order the cut-up text. ICQs: Are you going to work individually? Demonstration: Do the first one "As a child..." together. The groups will stand up and check other groups' re-ordered text. Then, T puts the audio track to check their ordering.
Teach the following vocab: a burning ambition (compound noun): Picture CCQs: does he look motivated? Is his motivation really on fire? Drill: He had a burning ambition to be known. a starring role (compound noun): Picture Ask for main role's synonym. Drill: He was offered the starring role in a movie. an overnight sensation (compound noun): CCQs: Was he famous before? Was it fast or slow? Did he become really famous suddenly? Drill: After his movie, he became an overnight sensation. to get his first big break (idiom): CCQs: was he famous before? Is he famous now? Was it his first hit? Drill: He got his first big break in a TV series. to be in the public eye (idiom): Pictures CCQs: Is Angelina Jolie always watched? Does she have a private life? Are paparazzi writing about her? Drill: Because of her fame, she is always in the public eye. to be hounded by the paparazzi (idiom): Picture CCQs: Who are these? Is she surrounded by the paparazzi? Does she look comfortable? Are they chasing her? Drill: She was hounded by the paparazzi chasing her around. to go into decline (idiom): Picture CCQs: Is his career getting better or worse? Drill: He became antisocial so his career went into decline. to make ends meet (idiom): Picture CCQs: Does he have a lot of money? Is he struggling to pay for the basics: food, rent, etc? Drill: Having barely enough money, he struggled to make ends meet. to make a comeback (idiom): Timeline CCQs: Was he famous in the past? Did he stop being famous? Do we know when? Is he famous now? Drill: After this break, he tried to make a comeback.
Give Ss handouts. Instruction: Ask them to work individually and fill in the blanks with words from the box (there's an extra ;)). ICQs: Are you working in pairs? Demonstration: Do the first one together (burning ambition). Pair check then provide answer key using the projector.
Instruction: Ask Ss to act an interview with one S as a journalist and another as a celebrity and ask about 5 or 6 questions about the celebrity's "road to fame". ICQs: Are you going to work in pairs? Are you going to write? Demonstration: put the questions on the projector. T-S: Ask <S1> the first question S-S: Make <S2> ask <S3> the second question *If there's time, make them switch roles and even mingle around.