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Audrey Hepburn was an award-winning actress. The American Film Institute considered her to be the third greatest actress of all time. She also became a fashion and cultural icon, and continues to be so today. She was also a magnificent humanitarian. The memories of World War II horrors shaped her desire to help children and so she served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Hepburn was born in 1929 as Audrey Ruston in Brussels, Belgium. She was the only child of an Englishman and a Dutch aristocrat. She was educated at a private school in England. Her parents divorced in 1935 and her father left. His leaving was the most traumatic moment of her life. After World War II, Hepburn studied ballet in London.

Audrey was too tall to be a ballerina and went into acting. In 1951, her first big break came when she starred as Gigi in a London theatre. She won an award and lots of publicity. Her second break came two years later in the movie classic ‘Roman Holiday’, for which she won an Oscar for best actress.

Hepburn became one of Hollywood's most successful stars and starred in many unforgettable movies. She used her fame to work with UNICEF for several decades. She declared, "I have a broken heart”, after seeing Ethiopia’s famine in 1988. She also famously said: “'Third World' is a term I don't like very much, because we're all one world.” Hepburn died in 1993 but remains a much-loved legend.

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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.

considered

a.

schooled

2

of all time

b.

wonderful

3.

magnificent

c.

heartbreaking

4.

aristocrat

d.

believed

5.

educated

e.

noblewoman

6.

traumatic

f.

ever


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7.

went into

g.

masterpiece

8.

publicity

h.

phrase

9.

classic

i.

stardom

10.

fame

j.

entered

11

term

k

is still

12

remains

l

media attention

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

the third greatest actress

a.

as Audrey Ruston

2

World War II horrors shaped

b.

term I don't like very much

3.

a fashion and

c.

of all time

4.

Hepburn was born in 1929

d.

‘Roman Holiday’

5.

His leaving was the most traumatic

e.

her desire to help children

6.

Audrey was too

f.

movies

7.

the movie classic

g.

moment of her life

8.

starred in many unforgettable

h.

to work with UNICEF

9.

She used her fame

i.

cultural icon

10.

'Third World' is a

j.

tall to be a ballerina

LISTENING GAP FILL

Audrey Hepburn ________________-winning actress. The American Film Institute considered ________________ third greatest actress of all time. She also became a fashion ________________, and continues to be so today. She was also a magnificent humanitarian. The memories of World War II horrors ________________ to help children and so she served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Hepburn __________________ Audrey Ruston in Brussels, Belgium. She ________________ of an Englishman and a Dutch aristocrat. She was educated at a private school in England. Her parents ________________ and her father left. His leaving was the ________________ moment of her life. After World War II, Hepburn studied ballet in London.

Audrey was ________________ ballerina and went into acting. In 1951, her first big break came when she starred as Gigi in a London theatre. She won an award and ________________. Her second break came two years later in ________________ ‘Roman Holiday’, ________________ an Oscar for best actress.

Hepburn became one of Hollywood's most successful stars and starred in many ___________________. She used her fame to work with UNICEF for ________________. She declared, "I have a broken heart”, after seeing Ethiopia’s famine in 1988. She also famously said: “'Third World' ________________  like very much, because we're all one world.” Hepburn died in 1993 but remains a ________________.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Audrey Hepburn was an award-winning actress. The American Film Institute considerate / considered her to be the third greatest actress of all / every time. She also became a fashion and cultural iconic / icon, and continues to be so today. She was also a magnificent humanitarian. The memories of World War II horrors shaped / shaping her desire to help children and so she served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Hepburn was born in 1929 as / was Audrey Ruston in Brussels, Belgium. She was the only child of an Englishman and a Dutch aristocrat. She was educated / education at a private school in England. Her parents divorced in 1935 and her father leaving / left. His leaving was the most traumatic moment for / of her life. After World War II, Hepburn studied ballet in London.

Audrey was too tall to be a ballerina / ballet and went into / in acting. In 1951, her first big break came when she starred as Gigi in a London theatre. She won an award and lots of publicly / publicity. Her second break came two years later in the movie classic / classical ‘Roman Holiday’, for which she won an Oscar for best actress.

Hepburn became one of Hollywood's most successful stars and starred in many unforgettable movies. She used her famous / fame to work with UNICEF for several decades. She declared, "I have a broken heart”, after seeing Ethiopia’s famine / farming in 1988. She also famously said: “'Third World' is a term / team I don't like very much, because we're all one world.” Hepburn died in 1993 but remains a much- / many-loved legend.

SPELLING

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

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a fashion and rucuallt icon

2.

The eimseomr of World War II horrors

3.

shaped her eiedsr to help children

4.

she vdrsee as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador


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the only hdcli

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educated at a atverip school

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Her parents vrcidode in 1935

8.

Hepburn studied etlabl in London


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too tall to be a alairnelb

10.

a London etatreh

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lots of cptbliuyi

12.

the movie lssccia ‘Roman Holiday’


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13.

several ecdedsa

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I have a nbreko heart

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Ethiopia’s afnmie

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remains a much-loved ndgeel

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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a Dutch aristocrat. She was educated at a private school in England. Her parents divorced in 1935 and her father

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Audrey was too tall to be a ballerina and went into acting. In 1951, her first big break came when she

( 1 )

 

Audrey Hepburn was an award-winning actress. The American Film Institute considered her to be the third

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movies. She used her fame to work with UNICEF for several decades. She declared, "I have a broken

(    )

 

Hepburn was born in 1929 as Audrey Ruston in Brussels, Belgium. She was the only child of an Englishman and

(    )

 

later in the movie classic ‘Roman Holiday’, for which she won an Oscar for best actress.

(    )

 

starred as Gigi in a London theatre. She won an award and lots of publicity. Her second break came two years

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greatest actress of all time. She also became a fashion and cultural icon, and continues to be so

(    )

 

left. His leaving was the most traumatic moment of her life. After World War II, Hepburn studied ballet in London.

(    )

 

heart”, after seeing Ethiopia’s famine in 1988. She also famously said: “'Third World' is a

(    )

 

Hepburn became one of Hollywood's most successful stars and starred in many unforgettable

(    )

 

term I don't like very much, because we're all one world.” Hepburn died in 1993 but remains a much-loved legend.

(    )

 

today. She was also a magnificent humanitarian. The memories of World War II horrors

(    )

 

shaped her desire to help children and so she served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

all    the    greatest    of    time    third    actress

2.

also    She    icon    cultural    and    fashion    a    became

3.

World    horrors    desire    children   II   her    help    War   shaped    to

4.

Englishman    Dutch    only    an    a    the    of   and    aristocrat    child

5.

most    moment    her    the    traumatic    of    life

6.

be    to    tall    too    was    Audrey    ballerina    a

7.

she    Gigi    big    when    as    first    came    starred    her    break

8.

of    lots    and    award    an    won    She    publicity

9.

with    work    to    fame    her    used    She    UNICEF

10.

very    term    like    'Third World’    a    don't    much    is    I

AUDREY HEPBURN DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Audrey Hepburn?

2.

Would you like to have met Audrey Hepburn?

3.

What would you like to know about Audrey Hepburn and why?

4.

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5.

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6.

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7.

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8.

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

1.

What did you learn from this text about Audrey Hepburn?

2.

What questions would you like to have asked Audrey Hepburn?

3.

What would her answers have been to those questions?

4.

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6.

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7.

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8.

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AUDREY HEPBURN SURVEY

Write five questions about Audrey Hepburn 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.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

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 Audrey Hepburn 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 Audrey Hepburn. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. AUDREY HEPBURN POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Audrey Hepburn. 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 Audrey Hepburn. Include an imaginary interview with her. Write about what she did every day and what she thought 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 Audrey Hepburn. Ask her three questions about her life. Tell her how important she is in today’s world. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Audrey Hepburn expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

considered

a.

believed

2

of all time

b.

ever

3.

magnificent

c.

wonderful

4.

aristocrat

d.

noblewoman

5.

educated

e.

schooled

6.

traumatic

f.

heartbreaking


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

went into

g.

entered

8.

publicity

h.

media attention

9.

classic

i.

masterpiece

10.

fame

j.

stardom

11

term

k

phrase

12

remains

l

is still

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

the third greatest actress

a.

of all time

2

World War II horrors shaped

b.

her desire to help children

3.

a fashion and

c.

cultural icon

4.

Hepburn was born in 1929

d.

as Audrey Ruston

5.

His leaving was the most traumatic

e.

moment of her life

6.

Audrey was too

f.

tall to be a ballerina

7.

the movie classic

g.

‘Roman Holiday’

8.

starred in many unforgettable

h.

movies

9.

She used her fame

i.

to work with UNICEF

10.

'Third World' is a

j.

term I don't like very much

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