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Aishwarya “Rai” Bachchan is one of India’s best known and best loved actresses. She was born in 1973 and was a very bright pupil at school. She worked part-time as a model while studying architecture. She planned to be an architect. Things changed all of a sudden in 1994 when she entered and won the Miss World contest.

Rai became a full-time model after her year’s duties as Miss World. She is still called the most beautiful woman in the world. She is also multi-lingual and can speak five languages. She made her movie debut in ‘Iruvar,’ a 1997 Tamil film. It didn’t do very well. Her first commercial success came a year later in another Tamil movie, ‘Jeans’.

The Bollywood movie industry took an instant like to her and she starred in several very successful Hindi movies. In 1999 she won the Filmfare Best Actress Award. She has acted in over 40 movies in the past decade in Hindi, Tamil, Bengali and English. She also landed the lead female role in 2009’s ‘Pink Panther 2’ movie in Hollywood.

She gained popularity overseas and was one of ‘Time’ magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2004. That same year, a wax figure of Rai was put on display in London's Madame Tussaud's museum. In 2007, she married Indian actor Abhishek Bachchan in a spectacular Hindu ceremony. In Indian culture, Rai is considered a 'Mangalik', which according to the stars is a destructive influence in married life.

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SYNONYM MATCH

Match the words from the article on the left with their synonyms on the right. Are your answers the same as other students’?

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1.

bright

a.

first appearance

2

pupil

b.

tasks

3.

things

c.

student

4.

duties

d.

money-making

5.

debut

e.

intelligent

6.

commercial

f.

everything


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7.

instant

g.

got

8.

several

h.

negative

9.

landed

i.

abroad

10.

overseas

j.

immediate

11

spectacular

k

numerous

12

destructive

l

magnificent

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

a very bright

a.

be an architect

2

She planned to

b.

can speak five languages

3.

She is also multi-lingual and

c.

ceremony

4.

It didn’t do

d.

in the past decade

5.

Her first commercial success

e.

very well

6.

The Bollywood movie industry took

f.

married life

7.

She has acted in over 40 movies

g.

pupil at school

8.

She gained popularity

h.

came a year later

9.

a spectacular Hindu

i.

an instant like to her

10.

a destructive influence in

j.

overseas

LISTENING GAP FILL

Aishwarya “Rai” Bachchan is one of India’s ______________________ loved actresses. She was born in 1973 and was ______________________ school. She worked part-time as a model while studying architecture. She planned to be an architect. Things changed ______________________ 1994 when she entered and won the Miss World contest.

Rai became a full-time model ______________________ Miss World. She is still called the most beautiful woman in the world. _____________________ and can speak five languages. She made her movie debut in ‘Iruvar,’ a 1997 Tamil film. It didn’t do very well. Her ______________________ came a year later in another Tamil movie, ‘Jeans’.

The Bollywood movie industry ______________________ and she starred in several very successful Hindi movies. In 1999 she won the Filmfare Best Actress Award. ______________________ 40 movies in the past decade in Hindi, Tamil, Bengali and English. She also ______________________ role in 2009’s ‘Pink Panther 2’ movie in Hollywood.

She ______________________ and was one of ‘Time’ magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2004. That same year, a wax figure of Rai ______________________ London's Madame Tussaud's museum. In 2007, she married Indian actor Abhishek Bachchan in a spectacular Hindu ceremony. In Indian culture, Rai is considered a 'Mangalik', which according to the stars ______________________ in married life.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics:

Aishwarya “Rai” Bachchan is one of India’s best know / known and best loved actresses. She was born in 1973 and was a very bright / light pupil at school. She worked part-time as a model while studying architecture. She planned to be an architect. Things changed all of a suddenly / sudden in 1994 when she entered and beat / won the Miss World contest.

Rai became a full-time model after her year’s / annual duties as Miss World. She is still calling / called the most beautiful woman in the world. She is also multi-lingual and can speak / spoken five languages. She made her movie debut in ‘Iruvar,’ a 1997 Tamil film. It didn’t do very good / well. Her first commercial success came a year later in another Tamil movie, ‘Jeans’.

The Bollywood movie industry took an instantly / instant like to her and she starred / starring in several very successful Hindi movies. In 1999 she won the Filmfare Best Actress Award. She has acted on / in over 40 movies in the past decade in Hindi, Tamil, Bengali and English. She also landed / land the lead female role in 2009’s ‘Pink Panther 2’ movie in Hollywood.

She gained popularity / popular overseas and was one of ‘Time’ magazine’s 100 most influential person / people in 2004. That same year, a wax figure of Rai was put in / on display in London's Madame Tussaud's museum. In 2007, she married Indian actor Abhishek Bachchan in a spectacular Hindu ceremony. In / On Indian culture, Rai is considered a 'Mangalik', which according to the stars is a destructive influence in married life.

SPELLING

The underlined, jumbled words are from the text. Spell them correctly.

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5.

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She has acedt in over 40 movies

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She also landed the lead elfema role


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13.

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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pupil at school. She worked part-time as a model while studying architecture. She planned to

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decade in Hindi, Tamil, Bengali and English. She also landed the lead female role in 2009’s ‘Pink Panther 2’ movie in Hollywood.

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Rai became a full-time model after her year’s duties as Miss World. She is still

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be an architect. Things changed all of a sudden in 1994 when she entered and won the Miss World contest.

(    )

 

museum. In 2007, she married Indian actor Abhishek Bachchan in a spectacular Hindu

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The Bollywood movie industry took an instant like to her and she starred in several very successful Hindi movies. In 1999 she won

1  )

 

Aishwarya “Rai” Bachchan is one of India’s best known and best loved actresses. She was born in 1973 and was a very bright

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called the most beautiful woman in the world. She is also multi-lingual and can speak five languages. She made her movie

(    )

 

a year later in another Tamil movie, ‘Jeans’.

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She gained popularity overseas and was one of ‘Time’ magazine’s 100 most

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debut in ‘Iruvar,’ a 1997 Tamil film. It didn’t do very well. Her first commercial success came

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influential people in 2004. That same year, a wax figure of Rai was put on display in London's Madame Tussaud's

(    )

 

ceremony. In Indian culture, Rai is considered a 'Mangalik', which according to the

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the Filmfare Best Actress Award. She has acted in over 40 movies in the past

(    )

 

stars is a destructive influence in married life.

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With your partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

very   a   school   at   pupil   bright

2.

studying   architecture   She   worked   part-time   as   a   model   while

3.

sudden   a   of   all   changed   Things

4.

languages   She   is   also   multi-lingual   and   can   speak   five

5.

well   do   It   very   didn’t

6.

movie   an   to   Bollywood   took   like   The   industry   instant   her

7.

has   in   40   She   acted   over   movies

8.

gained   She   overseas   popularity

9.

of   display   Rai   a   was   wax   put   figure   on

10.

life   married   in   influence   destructive   a

DISCUSSION (Write your questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

What do you know about Aishwarya Bachchan?

2.

Would you like to meet Aishwarya Bachchan?

3.

What would you like to know about Aishwarya Bachchan and why?

4.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

What did you learn from this text about Aishwarya Bachchan?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Aishwarya Bachchan?

3.

What would her answers be to those questions?

4.

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THE AISHWARYA BACHCHAN SURVEY

Write five questions about Aishwarya Bachchan in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

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Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

WRITING

Write about Aishwarya Bachchan for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about Aishwarya Bachchan. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. AISHWARYA BACHCHAN POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Aishwarya Bachchan. Show your poster to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all find out similar things?

4. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Aishwarya Bachchan. Include an imaginary interview with her. Write about what she does every day and what she thinks about.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to Aishwarya Bachchan. Ask her three questions about her life. Give her three suggestions on what she should do in her future. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Aishwarya Bachchan expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

bright

a.

intelligent

2

pupil

b.

student

3.

things

c.

everything

4.

duties

d.

tasks

5.

debut

e.

first appearance

6.

commercial

f.

money-making


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

instant

g.

immediate

8.

several

h.

numerous

9.

landed

i.

got

10.

overseas

j.

abroad

11

spectacular

k

magnificent

12

destructive

l

negative

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

a very bright

a.

pupil at school

2

She planned to

b.

be an architect

3.

She is also multi-lingual and

c.

can speak five languages

4.

It didn’t do

d.

very well

5.

Her first commercial success

e.

came a year later

6.

The Bollywood movie industry took

f.

an instant like to her

7.

She has acted in over 40 movies

g.

in the past decade

8.

She gained popularity

h.

overseas

9.

a spectacular Hindu

i.

ceremony

10.

a destructive influence in

j.

married life

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