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Christiane Amanpour is one of the world’s most successful international news reporters. She was born in London in 1958 to an Iranian father and British mother. She attended exclusive schools in England before moving to the USA to study journalism. She graduated in 1983 and landed a job with CNN in their Atlanta headquarters. She speaks fluent English, Persian and French.

In 1989, Amanpour was posted to Eastern Europe to cover the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of communism. She began to earn her reputation as a world-class correspondent with her quality reporting. This was followed by an assignment to cover the Gulf War in 1990. She became known for her bravery and her willingness to work in dangerous conflict zones.

For two decades Amanpour has seen history being made and had exclusive interviews with many of the history makers. She reported from many of the world’s hotspots, including, Afghanistan, the Balkans Iraq, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Rwanda and Somalia. She said one of her most memorable interviews was with Iran’s President Ahmadinejad. She has received wide acclaim and won numerous awards for her work.

In 1998, Christiane married former US Assistant Secretary of State James Rubin. Their son was born in 2000. In 2007 she was given one of Britain’s top honours by Queen Elizabeth. She lives with her family in New York and is currently posted to CNN’s New York office. She continues to be a cornerstone of CNN’s coverage of major international news stories.

249 words

Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted biographies.


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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’?

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

reporters

a.

got

2

exclusive

b.

sent

3.

landed

c.

fall

4.

posted

d.

desire

5.

collapse

e.

journalists

6.

willingness

f.

elite


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

hotspots

g.

praise

8.

acclaim

h.

reporting

9.

numerous

i.

heart

10.

honours

j.

danger zones

11

cornerstone

k

awards

12

coverage

l

many

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

She attended exclusive

a.

Secretary of State

2

She graduated in 1983 and landed

b.

conflict zones

3.

posted to Eastern Europe to cover the

c.

schools in England

4.

earn her reputation as a

d.

being made

5.

her willingness to work in dangerous

e.

fall of the Berlin Wall

6.

Amanpour has seen history

f.

of the history makers

7.

exclusive interviews with many

g.

a job with CNN

8.

one of her most memorable

h.

world-class correspondent

9.

Christiane married former US Assistant

i.

CNN’s coverage

10.

a cornerstone of

j.

interviews


LISTENING GAP FILL

Christiane Amanpour ______________ world’s most successful international news reporters. She was born in London ______________ Iranian father and British mother. She attended exclusive schools in England before moving to the USA to study journalism. She graduated in ______________ job with CNN in their Atlanta headquarters. ______________ English, Persian and French.

In 1989, Amanpour was posted to Eastern Europe to ______________ the Berlin Wall and the collapse of communism. She ______________ reputation as a world-class correspondent with her quality reporting. This ______________ an assignment to cover the Gulf War in 1990. She became known for her bravery and her willingness to work in dangerous ______________.

______________ Amanpour has seen history being made and had exclusive interviews with many of the ______________. She reported from many of the ______________, including, Afghanistan, the Balkans Iraq, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Rwanda and Somalia. She said one of her most memorable interviews was with Iran’s President Ahmadinejad. She has received wide acclaim and ______________ awards for her work.

In 1998, Christiane ________________ Assistant Secretary of State James Rubin. Their son was born in 2000. In 2007 she was given one of Britain’s ______________ Queen Elizabeth. She lives with her family in New York and is currently ______________ New York office. She continues to be a cornerstone of CNN’s _________________ international news stories.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Christiane Amanpour is one of the world’s most / mostly successful international news reporters. She was born in London in 1958 of / to an Iranian father and British mother. She attended exclusive schools in England before moving to the USA to / for study journalism. She graduated in 1983 and landed a job with CNN in their Atlanta headquarters. She speaks / speaking fluent English, Persian and French.

In 1989, Amanpour was posted / pasted to Eastern Europe to cover the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of communism. She began to learn / earn her reputation as a world-class correspondent with her quality reporting. This was following / followed by an assignment to cover the Gulf War in 1990. She became known for her bravery / brave and her willingness to work in dangerous conflict zones.

For two decades Amanpour has seen history being making / made and had exclusive interviews with many of the history / historical makers. She reported from many of the world’s hotspots, including, Afghanistan, the Balkans Iraq, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Rwanda and Somalia. She said one of her most memory / memorable interviews was with Iran’s President Ahmadinejad. She has received wide / long acclaim and won numerous awards for her work.

In 1998, Christiane married / marriage former US Assistant Secretary of State James Rubin. Their son was born in 2000. In 2007 she was given one of Britain’s top / topped honours by Queen Elizabeth. She lives with her family in New York and is current / currently posted to CNN’s New York office. She continues to be a cornerstone of CNN’s coverage / covering of major international news stories.


SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1
 

1.

international news orpertsre

2.

She attended xlecvuise schools

3.

study rlonuamijs

4.

She speaks lntufe English, Persian and French


Paragraph 2
 

5.

Amanpour was tpsdeo to Eastern Europe

6.

the pallocse of communism

7.

She became known for her bryvrea

8.

her willingness to work in dangerous conflict nzseo


Paragraph 3
 

9.

Amanpour has seen history evnalur

10.

the world’s spostoth

11.

her most meoralebm interviews

12.

won enuosurm awards


Paragraph 4
 

13.

mforre US Assistant Secretary of State

14.

Britain’s top unsohro

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ectuylrrn posted to CNN’s New York office

16.

CNN’s aecgvroe of major international news stories


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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For two decades Amanpour has seen history being made and had exclusive interviews with many of

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President Ahmadinejad. She has received wide acclaim and won numerous awards for her work

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In 1998, Christiane married former US Assistant Secretary of State James Rubin. Their son was born in 2000. In

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for her bravery and her willingness to work in dangerous conflict zones.

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of communism. She began to earn her reputation as a world-class correspondent with her quality

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moving to the USA to study journalism. She graduated in 1983 and landed a job with CNN in their

(    )

 

In 1989, Amanpour was posted to Eastern Europe to cover the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse

(    )

 

to an Iranian father and British mother. She attended exclusive schools in England before

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reporting. This was followed by an assignment to cover the Gulf War in 1990. She became known

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posted to CNN’s New York office. She continues to be a cornerstone of CNN’s coverage of major international news stories.

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Atlanta headquarters. She speaks fluent English, Persian and French.

(    )

 

the history makers. She reported from many of the world’s hotspots, including, Afghanistan, the Balkans Iraq,

1  )

 

Christiane Amanpour is one of the world’s most successful international news reporters. She was born in London in 1958

(    )

 

Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Rwanda and Somalia. She said one of her most memorable interviews was with Iran’s

(    )

 

2007 she was given one of Britain’s top honours by Queen Elizabeth. She lives with her family in New York and is currently


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

reporters   world’s   successful   news   the   most   international

2.

England   in   schools   exclusive   attended   She

3.

with   headquarters   CNN   landed   in   a   their   job   Atlanta

4.

Wall   the   of   Berlin   cover   fall   the

5.

zones   conflict   dangerous   in   work   to   willingness   her

6.

has   Amanpour   decades   two   For   unravel   history   seen

7.

many   from   reported   She   hotspots   world’s   the   of

8.

of   Secretary   Assistant   US   former   State

9.

In   was   of   honours   she   one   top   2007   given   Britain’s

10.

continues   of   to   CNN’s   be   coverage   a   She   cornerstone


DISCUSSION (Write your questions)

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

1.

What do you know about Christiane Amanpour?

2.

Would you like to meet Christiane Amanpour?

3.

What would you like to know about Christiane Amanpour 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 Christiane Amanpour?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Christiane Amanpour?

3.

What would her answers be to those questions?

4.

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THE CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR SURVEY

Write five questions about Christiane Amanpour 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.

 

 

 

 

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

3. CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Christiane Amanpour. 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 Christiane Amanpour. 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 Christiane Amanpour. 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 “Christiane Amanpour expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

reporters

a.

journalists

2

exclusive

b.

elite

3.

landed

c.

got

4.

posted

d.

sent

5.

collapse

e.

fall

6.

willingness

f.

desire


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

hotspots

g.

danger zones

8.

acclaim

h.

praise

9.

numerous

i.

many

10.

honours

j.

awards

11

cornerstone

k

heart

12

coverage

l

reporting

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

She attended exclusive

a.

schools in England

2

She graduated in 1983 and landed

b.

a job with CNN

3.

posted to Eastern Europe to cover the

c.

fall of the Berlin Wall

4.

earn her reputation as a

d.

world-class correspondent

5.

her willingness to work in dangerous

e.

conflict zones

6.

Amanpour has seen history

f.

being made

7.

exclusive interviews with many

g.

of the history makers

8.

one of her most memorable

h.

interviews

9.

Christiane married former US Assistant

i.

Secretary of State

10.

a cornerstone of

j.

CNN’s coverage

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