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Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi, known as Carla Bruni, was born in December 1967. She is the wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and France’s First Lady. Bruni became famous in the 1980s as a top model and also has a career as a singer and songwriter. She has both Italian and French citizenship and is the princess-consort of the Principality of Andorra.

Bruni was born in Turin, Italy, into a wealthy and musical family. Her mother was a concert pianist and her father was an industrialist and classical composer. The family moved to France when Carla was five to escape the threat of being kidnapped by the terrorist group the Red Brigades. Carla went to boarding school in Switzerland and studied art and architecture.

Bruni signed with a modeling agency when she was 19 and immediately became an international success. She worked for many of the top French designers and fashion houses. At the height of her modeling career, she was among the world’s 20 highest-paid models. She also lived a jet-set lifestyle and partied hard, dating rock stars including Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton.

Bruni quit modeling in 1997 and turned her attention to music. Her debut album was released in 2002 and was a success in French-speaking countries. Her second album hit the shelves in 2007. Bruni married Nicolas Sarkozy in February 2008. She accompanies him on state visits while continuing her career in music. Her third album went on sale in July 2008.

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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.

wife

a.

nationality

2

famous

b.

get away from

3.

citizenship

c.

well-known

4.

wealthy

d.

abducted

5.

escape

e.

spouse

6.

kidnapped

f.

rich


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7.

immediately

g.

went on sale

8.

height

h.

stopped

9.

partied

i.

instantly

10.

quit

j.

joins

11

hit the shelves

k

had fun

12

accompanies

l

peak

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

Bruni became famous in the

a.

shelves in 2007

2

She has both Italian and French

b.

of being kidnapped

3.

her father was an industrialist and

c.

French designers

4.

a wealthy and

d.

1980s as a top model

5.

escape the threat

e.

and partied hard

6.

She worked for many of the top

f.

musical family

7.

She also lived a jet-set lifestyle

g.

visits

8.

Bruni quit modeling in 1997 and turned

h.

classical composer

9.

Her second album hit the

i.

citizenship

10.

She accompanies him on state

j.

her attention to music

LISTENING GAP FILL

Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi, known as Carla Bruni, was born in December 1967. ________________ French President Nicolas Sarkozy and France’s First Lady. Bruni became ________________ as a top model and ________________ as a singer and songwriter. She has both Italian and French citizenship and is the ________________ the Principality of Andorra.

Bruni was born in Turin, Italy, ________________ musical family. Her mother was ________________ and her father was an industrialist and classical composer. The family moved to France when Carla was five to ________________ of being kidnapped by the terrorist group the Red Brigades. Carla went to ________________ in Switzerland and studied art and architecture.

Bruni ________________ modeling agency when she was 19 and immediately became an international success. She worked for _______________ French designers and fashion houses. _______________ her modeling career, she was among the world’s 20 highest-paid models. She also lived a jet-set lifestyle _______________, dating rock stars including Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton.

Bruni quit modeling in 1997 and ________________ to music. Her debut album was released in 2002 and ________________ French-speaking countries. Her second album ________________ 2007. Bruni married Nicolas Sarkozy in February 2008. She ________________ state visits while continuing her career in music. Her third album went on sale in July 2008.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi, known / knowing as Carla Bruni, was born in December 1967. She is the wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and France’s First Lady. Bruni became fame / famous in the 1980s was / as a top model and also has a career as a singer and songwriter. She has both / all Italian and French citizenship and is the princess-consort of the Principality of Andorra.

Bruni was born in Turin, Italy, into a wealthy / wealth and musical family. Her mother was a concert pianist and her father was an industrial / industrialist and classical composer. The family moved to France when Carla was five to escape the treat / threat of being kidnapped by the terrorist group the Red Brigades. Carla went to boarding / boarded school in Switzerland and studied art and architecture.

Bruni signed / singed with a modeling agency when she was 19 and immediately became an international success. She worked for / by many of the top French designers and fashion homes / houses. At the height of her modeling career, she was among the world’s 20 highest-paid models. She also lived a jet-set lifestyle and partied / partying hard, dating rock stars including Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton.

Bruni quit / quite modeling in 1997 and turned her / she attention to music. Her debut album was released in 2002 and was a success in French-speaking countries. Her second album hit the closets / shelves in 2007. Bruni married Nicolas Sarkozy in February 2008. She accompanies him on state / statement visits while continuing her career in music. Her third album went on sale in July 2008.

SPELLING

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

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1.

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2.

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4.

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5.

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6.

Her mother was a concert inspita

7.

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9.

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10.

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11.

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12.

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13.

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14.

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15.

Her second album hit the seehlsv in 2007

16.

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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success. She worked for many of the top French designers and fashion houses. At the height of her modeling

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hard, dating rock stars including Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton.

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was an industrialist and classical composer. The family moved to France when Carla was five to escape the threat of being

(    )

 

kidnapped by the terrorist group the Red Brigades. Carla went to boarding school in Switzerland and studied art and architecture.

(    )

 

2002 and was a success in French-speaking countries. Her second album hit the

(    )

 

shelves in 2007. Bruni married Nicolas Sarkozy in February 2008. She accompanies him on state

(    )

 

Bruni quit modeling in 1997 and turned her attention to music. Her debut album was released in

( 1 )

 

Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi, known as Carla Bruni, was born in December 1967. She is the wife of French

(    )

 

Bruni signed with a modeling agency when she was 19 and immediately became an international

(    )

 

career, she was among the world’s 20 highest-paid models. She also lived a jet-set lifestyle and partied

(    )

 

visits while continuing her career in music. Her third album went on sale in July 2008.

(    )

 

citizenship and is the princess-consort of the Principality of Andorra.

(    )

 

model and also has a career as a singer and songwriter. She has both Italian and French

(    )

 

President Nicolas Sarkozy and France’s First Lady. Bruni became famous in the 1980s as a top

(    )

 

Bruni was born in Turin, Italy, into a wealthy and musical family. Her mother was a concert pianist and her father

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

top    became    the    a    Bruni    in    as    model    famous    1980s

2.

French    She    both    and    citizenship    has    Italian

3.

her    composer    classical    and    industrialist    an    was    father

4.

of    threat    the    escape    kidnapped    being

5.

boarding   Switzerland   art   to    in  studied   went   school   and  Carla

6.

many    designers    of    She    the    worked    top    for    French

7.

career    the    of    modeling    At    height    her

8.

a    jet-set    lifestyle    and    partied    hard    She    also    lived

9.

the    hit    album    second    Her    2007    in    shelves

10.

She    visits    state    on    him    accompanies

CARLA BRUNI DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Carla Bruni?

2.

Would you like to meet Carla Bruni?

3.

What would you like to know about Carla Bruni 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 Carla Bruni?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Carla Bruni?

3.

What would her answers be to those questions?

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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CARLA BRUNI SURVEY

Write five questions about Carla Bruni 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 Carla Bruni 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 Carla Bruni. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. CARLA BRUNI POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Carla Bruni. 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 Carla Bruni. 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 Carla Bruni. 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 “Carla Bruni expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

wife

a.

spouse

2

famous

b.

well-known

3.

citizenship

c.

nationality

4.

wealthy

d.

rich

5.

escape

e.

get away from

6.

kidnapped

f.

abducted


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

immediately

g.

instantly

8.

height

h.

peak

9.

partied

i.

had fun

10.

quit

j.

stopped

11

hit the shelves

k

went on sale

12

accompanies

l

joins

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

Bruni became famous in the

a.

1980s as a top model

2

She has both Italian and French

b.

citizenship

3.

her father was an industrialist and

c.

classical composer

4.

a wealthy and

d.

musical family

5.

escape the threat

e.

of being kidnapped

6.

She worked for many of the top

f.

French designers

7.

She also lived a jet-set lifestyle

g.

and partied hard

8.

Bruni quit modeling in 1997 and turned

h.

her attention to music

9.

Her second album hit the

i.

shelves in 2007

10.

She accompanies him on state

j.

visits

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