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THE LESSON ON ENZO FERRARI

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Enzo Ferrari was born in 1898 and died in 1988. He made his name known all over the world for fast cars and motor racing. Ferrari was an Italian car driver and businessman. He founded the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team. It became the most successful Formula 1 team in history. Ferrari also built a factory to produce super-fast sports cars.

Ferrari was born in Modena, Italy. He grew up with a passion for fast cars and racing. He served in the Italian Army during World War I. After he returned home, he tried to find a job at FIAT, without success. He joined a smaller car company called CMN and took up racing in 1919 but wasn’t so successful.

In 1920, Ferrari joined Alfa Romeo and did well as a racer throughout the 1920s. He managed a team of 40 drivers and took responsibility for the development of Alfa’s cars. Ferrari resigned from Alfa and went his own way, setting up his own company in 1947. He built a car to participate in the very first Formula 1 World Championship race in 1950.

Ferrari’s first victory came in the British Grand Prix in 1951. The first championship came in the 1952-53 season. Ferrari started making sports cars in order to finance his Grand Prix and Le Mans adventures.  Ferrari headed the company until he stepped down in 1971. He died in his hometown of Modena. His name is the most famous in motor sports.

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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.

died

a.

make

2

businessman

b.

attempted

3.

produce

c.

passed away

4.

passion

d.

started

5.

tried

e.

entrepreneur

6.

took up

f.

love


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7.

did

g.

quit

8.

resigned

h.

triumph

9.

participate

i.

pay for

10.

victory

j.

performed

11

finance

k

led

12

headed

l

take part

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

Ferrari was an Italian car

a.

racing in 1919

2

the most successful

b.

stepped down in 1971

3.

He grew up with a passion

c.

team of 40 drivers

4.

He served

d.

Formula 1 team in history

5.

took up

e.

for fast cars

6.

He managed a

f.

went his own way

7.

responsibility for the development

g.

famous in motor sports

8.

Ferrari resigned from Alfa and

h.

driver and businessman

9.

Ferrari headed the company until he

i.

of Alfa’s cars

10.

His name is the most

j.

in the Italian Army

LISTENING GAP FILL

Enzo Ferrari was born in 1898 and died in 1988. He _______________ known _______________ world for fast cars and motor racing. Ferrari was an Italian car driver and businessman. He founded the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team. It _______________ successful Formula 1 team in history. Ferrari _______________ factory to produce super-fast sports cars.

Ferrari was born in Modena, Italy. He _________________ passion for fast cars and racing. He _______________ Italian Army during World War I. After he returned home, _______________ a job at FIAT, without success. He joined a smaller car company called CMN and took up racing in _______________ so successful.

In 1920, Ferrari joined Alfa Romeo and _______________ racer throughout the 1920s. He managed _______________ drivers and took responsibility for the development of Alfa’s cars. Ferrari resigned from Alfa and _______________, setting up his own company in 1947. He built a car to participate _______________ Formula 1 World Championship race in 1950.

Ferrari’s first _______________ the British Grand Prix in 1951. The first championship came in the 1952-53 season. Ferrari started making sports cars in _______________ his Grand Prix and Le Mans adventures.  Ferrari headed the company until _______________ in 1971. He died in his hometown of Modena. His _______________ famous in motor sports.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Enzo Ferrari was born in 1898 and died in 1988. He made / making his name known all over the world for fast cars and motorist / motor racing. Ferrari was an Italian car driver and businessman. He found / founded the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team. It became the most successful Formula 1 team in ever / history. Ferrari also built a factory to produce super-fast sports cars.

Ferrari was born in Modena, Italy. He grew up with a compassion / passion for fast cars and racing. He served / serviced in the Italian Army during World War I. After he returned home, he tried to find a job at FIAT, without successful / success. He joined a smaller car company called CMN and took up racing in 1919 but wasn’t such / so successful.

In 1920, Ferrari joined Alfa Romeo and did good / well as a racer throughout the 1920s. He managed a team of 40 drivers and taken / took responsibility for the development of Alfa’s cars. Ferrari resigned from Alfa and went his owner / own way, setting up his own company in 1947. He built a car to participate / participation in the very first Formula 1 World Championship race in 1950.

Ferrari’s first victory came / come in the British Grand Prix in 1951. The first championship came in the 1952-53 season / seasons. Ferrari started making sports cars in order for / to finance his Grand Prix and Le Mans adventures.  Ferrari headed the company until he stepped up / down in 1971. He died in his hometown of Modena. His name is the most famous in motor sports.

SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1
 

1.

He made his name nwnko all over the world

2.

He oddunef the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team

3.

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4.

built a cftayro to produce super-fast sports cars


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5.

a niasspo for fast cars

6.

He seevdr in the Italian Army

7.

he euerndtr home

8.

wasn’t so cslusefucs


Paragraph 3
 

9.

ruuhgtohto the 1920s

10.

took npsliobtiisyre

11.

Ferrari eensdrig from Alfa and went his own way

12.

pciteapatir in the very first Formula 1


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13.

icvtroy came in the British Grand Prix

14.

the 1952-53 sensao

15.

ceafinn his Grand Prix and Le Mans adventures

16.

he etspdpe down in 1971

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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team. It became the most successful Formula 1 team in history. Ferrari also built a factory to produce super-fast sports cars.

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car company called CMN and took up racing in 1919 but wasn’t so successful.

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Ferrari was born in Modena, Italy. He grew up with a passion

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Enzo Ferrari was born in 1898 and died in 1988. He made his name known all over the world for fast cars and motor

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Ferrari’s first victory came in the British Grand Prix in 1951. The first championship came in the 1952-53

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for fast cars and racing. He served in the Italian Army

(    )

 

adventures.  Ferrari headed the company until he stepped

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season. Ferrari started making sports cars in order to finance his Grand Prix and Le Mans

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down in 1971. He died in his hometown of Modena. His name is the most famous in motor sports.

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during World War I. After he returned home, he tried to find a job at FIAT, without success. He joined a smaller

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the 1920s. He managed a team of 40 drivers and took responsibility for the development of Alfa’s cars. Ferrari resigned

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racing. Ferrari was an Italian car driver and businessman. He founded the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing

(    )

 

participate in the very first Formula 1 World Championship race in 1950.

(    )

 

In 1920, Ferrari joined Alfa Romeo and did well as a racer throughout

(    )

 

from Alfa and went his own way, setting up his own company in 1947. He built a car to

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

known    He    all    made    over    his    the    name    world

2.

cars    super    a    -    factory    fast    to    sports    produce

3.

I    in    Army    War    served    Italian    World    He    the    during

4.

job    at    FIAT    ,    without    success    he    tried    to    find    a

5.

CMN    called    company    car    smaller    a    joined    He

6.

40    He    a    of    drivers    managed    team

7.

and    Ferrari    went    resigned    his    from    own    Alfa    way

8.

in    -    The    came    1952    season    championship    the    53    first

9.

the   he   in   headed   until   down   Ferrari   company   stepped   1971

10.

in    is    motor    the    sports    most    His    famous    name

ENZO FERRARI DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Enzo Ferrari?

2.

Would you like to have met Enzo Ferrari?

3.

What would you like to know about Enzo Ferrari and why?

4.

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5.

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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 Enzo Ferrari?

2.

What questions would you like to have asked Enzo Ferrari?

3.

What would his answers have been 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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ENZO FERRARI SURVEY

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

3. ENZO FERRARI POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Enzo Ferrari. 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 Enzo Ferrari. Include an imaginary interview with him. Write about what he did every day and what he 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 Enzo Ferrari. Ask him three questions about his life. Tell him how important he is in today’s world. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Enzo Ferrari expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

died

a.

passed away

2

businessman

b.

entrepreneur

3.

produce

c.

make

4.

passion

d.

love

5.

tried

e.

attempted

6.

took up

f.

started


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

did

g.

performed

8.

resigned

h.

quit

9.

participate

i.

take part

10.

victory

j.

triumph

11

finance

k

pay for

12

headed

l

led

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

Ferrari was an Italian car

a.

driver and businessman

2

the most successful

b.

Formula 1 team in history

3.

He grew up with a passion

c.

for fast cars

4.

He served

d.

in the Italian Army

5.

took up

e.

racing in 1919

6.

He managed a

f.

team of 40 drivers

7.

responsibility for the development

g.

of Alfa’s cars

8.

Ferrari resigned from Alfa and

h.

went his own way

9.

Ferrari headed the company until he

i.

stepped down in 1971

10.

His name is the most

j.

famous in motor sports

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