TP 8, Reading 'Before they were famous'
Pre - Intermediate level
To provide reading for the gist, for specific information and deducing the meaning of the words using a text about famous people
To provide fluency speaking practice in the context of discussing the things people did in the past
Procedure (32-45 minutes)
Show Ss some photos of famous people (the ones from the text), ask them: - How many people in the pictures do you recognise? What do you know about them? After getting the answers, give Ss cards with some questions to discuss in groups: - Which people have you seen in the movies? - What films have they been in? - Do you know any other information about them (are they married, do they have children, maybe their hobbies)? Get the quick whole class feedback.
Here are some jobs these people did before they were famous. First , let's match these jobs and their definitions. Give them two types of cards: words and their definitions on the other cards. Work in pairs: assistant chef - someone who helps to cook food to the most important cook in restaurant carpenter - a person whose job is making and repairing wooden objects and structures bellman - a man whose job is to carry people's bags to their room in a hotel soldier - a person who is in an army and wears its uniform, especially someone who fights when there is a war street musician - someone who performs music as their job on the streets waiter - a man ho brings food or drink to your table in a restaurant model - someone whose job is to show clothes Check using the answer keys. Guess now in pairs which person did which job? Now, let's see the text. What is the topic of the text? Your ideas?
Read the text (2 min.) and see if your guesses were correct. - Can you tell what were these people doing before became famous? Now, discuss with your partner and match the people and their professions.
Read the text one more time and answer the questions in pairs. Ex. 3, Cutting Edge Student's book. Which of these people : 1. wasn't very good at his previous job? 2. needed a job because he had a wife and chidren? 3. had a bad relationship with his/her boss? 4. found his/her job useful when he/she became an actor? 5. seemed to like his/her previous job? 6. thought he received good money in his job? 7. hated his job? After discussing in pairs, the teacher will provide a whole class feedback Match the sentences with the names of the famous people. 1. He served in army in Korea. 2. He got good tips and worked 3 or 4 days a week. 3. He was one of the main characters of Star wars. 4. He appeared in the film The Graduate. 5. He made about £20 a day. 6. He was popular in mail-order catalogues. People: D. Hoffman, T. Hanks, M. Caine, E. McGregor, A. Banderas Check the correct answers using answer keys.
In three or four groups find out what are the meanings of these expressions: make a living support a family argue with someone spill a drink Then match them with their definitions, the team that finishes first - raise a hand.
Short interviews with celebrities: The teacher stick up some new photos of famous Turkish people. - Do you know thsese people? Are they famous? Do you like them? Let's have a look at the list of posssible questions to ask these people. In pairs choose the best questions to ask each one. Exchange your opinions with the other pair of Ss. Then he gives hand-outs (with some useful language to help them) to Ss. Think and write some 4 -5 questions for the interview, you can use the questions from the list or you can prepare your own questions. Choose the one celebrity you would like to interview and ask your questions. Practice the interview with your partner.
Ask some students to act out their dialogues from the previous stage. In groups of three, two of Ss acts out the dialogue, a student from another group tries to guess who is this famous person in their dialogue. In pairs, think about jobs which would provide useful experience for someone becoming an actor. Justify your choice. Exchange your idea with other pair. Talk in groups of three: Have you ever had a holiday or temporary job? What was it like?