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Isabel Allende is considered to be among the greatest ever Latin American novelists. Her very successful novels are a mix of reality and mysticism. They are often based on her own experiences of life and of being a woman. She travels the world giving lectures and promoting her books. In 2003 she became a US citizen and currently lives in California with her family.

Allende was born in Lima, Peru in 1942. Her father was the Chilean ambassador. She is a distant cousin of former Chilean president Salvador Allende. Her family moved around a lot when she was young because of the political uncertainty in Chile in the 1960s. She grew up and went to school in Chile, Bolivia and Lebanon, where she learnt English.

Allende got married when she was 20. She became successful early on and had a variety of jobs. She was a well-known TV personality and a journalist for a feminist magazine. Between 1959 and 1965, she worked for the UN in Chile and Belgium. She also translated romantic novels from English to Spanish, which sparked her desire to write.

Pablo Neruda, a famous Chilean poet, told Allende she had too much imagination to be a journalist and should write novels instead. In 1981, she started writing her dying grandfather a letter. This eventually transformed into her first best seller ‘The House of the Spirits’ (1982). Allende was immediately compared to Gabriel Garcia Marquez. More best sellers, awards and international acclaim followed.

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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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considered

a.

combination

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mix

b.

was educated

3.

promoting

c.

changeability

4.

former

d.

thought

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uncertainty

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ex-

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went to school

f.

publicizing


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7.

variety

g.

crerativity

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journalist

h.

started

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sparked

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praise

10.

imagination

j.

mixture

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transformed

k

reporter

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acclaim

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changed

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

among the greatest

a.

and mysticism

2

a mix of reality

b.

to be a journalist

3.

promoting

c.

uncertainty in Chile

4.

a distant

d.

international acclaim followed

5.

the political

e.

desire to write

6.

She became successful early

f.

cousin

7.

sparked her

g.

ever Latin American novelists

8.

she had too much imagination

h.

her books

9.

Allende was immediately compared

i.

on

10.

More best sellers, awards and

j.

to Gabriel Garcia Marquez

LISTENING GAP FILL

Isabel Allende is considered __________________ greatest ever Latin American novelists. Her very successful novels ________________ and mysticism. They are often based on her own experiences of life and of being a woman. She travels _______________ lectures and __________________. In 2003 she became a US citizen and currently lives in California with her family.

Allende was born in Lima, Peru in 1942. Her father was the Chilean ambassador. She is __________________ former Chilean president Salvador Allende. Her family ________________ when she was young because of the ________________ in Chile in the 1960s. She __________________  to school in Chile, Bolivia and Lebanon, where she learnt English.

Allende got married when she was 20. She became ________________ and had a variety of jobs. She was a well-known TV personality and a journalist ________________ magazine. Between 1959 and 1965, she worked for the UN in Chile and Belgium. She also translated __________________ English to Spanish, which ________________ to write.

Pablo Neruda, a famous Chilean poet, told Allende ________________  imagination to be a journalist and should ________________. In 1981, she started writing her dying grandfather a letter. ________________ transformed into her first best seller ‘The House of the Spirits’ (1982). Allende was immediately compared to Gabriel Garcia Marquez. More best sellers, awards and international ________________.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Isabel Allende is considered to be between / among the greatest ever Latin American novelists. Her very successful novels are a max / mix of reality and mysticism. They are often based on her own experiences of life and of being a woman. She travels the world giving lecture / lectures and promoting / prompting her books. In 2003 she became a US citizen and currently lives in California with her family.

Allende was born in Lima, Peru in 1942. Her father was the Chilean embassy / ambassador. She is a distant / far cousin of former Chilean president Salvador Allende. Her family moved around a lot / loads when she was young because of the political uncertainty in Chile in the 1960s. She grew / grown up and went to school in Chile, Bolivia and Lebanon, where she learnt English.

Allende got married when she was 20. She became successful early off / on and had a variety of jobs. She as / was a well-known TV personality and a journalist / journalism for a feminist magazine. Between 1959 and 1965, she worked for the UN in Chile and Belgium. She also translated romantic novels from English to Spanish, which sparked / sparkled her desire to write.

Pablo Neruda, a famous Chilean poet, said / told Allende she had too much / many imagination to be a journalist and should write novels instead. In 1981, she started / starting writing her dying grandfather a letter. This eventually transformed into her first best seller ‘The House of the Spirits’ (1982). Allende was immediately compared for / to Gabriel Garcia Marquez. More best sellers, awards and international acclaim followed.

SPELLING

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

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1.

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Her father was the Chilean sadmarobsa

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She is a ttsidan cousin

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Her family dmevo around a lot

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She also translated namortic novels

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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woman. She travels the world giving lectures and promoting her books. In 2003

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Allende was born in Lima, Peru in 1942. Her father was the Chilean ambassador. She is a distant

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Isabel Allende is considered to be among the greatest ever Latin American novelists. Her very successful novels are a

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she became a US citizen and currently lives in California with her family.

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magazine. Between 1959 and 1965, she worked for the UN in Chile and Belgium. She also translated romantic

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uncertainty in Chile in the 1960s. She grew up and went to school in Chile, Bolivia and Lebanon, where she learnt English.

(    )

 

Pablo Neruda, a famous Chilean poet, told Allende she had too much

( 1 )

 

Allende got married when she was 20. She became successful early

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on and had a variety of jobs. She was a well-known TV personality and a journalist for a feminist

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novels from English to Spanish, which sparked her desire to write.

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cousin of former Chilean president Salvador Allende. Her family moved around a lot when she was young because of the political

(    )

 

imagination to be a journalist and should write novels instead. In 1981, she started writing her dying grandfather

(    )

 

immediately compared to Gabriel Garcia Marquez. More best sellers, awards and international acclaim followed.

(    )

 

a letter. This eventually transformed into her first best seller ‘The House of the Spirits’ (1982). Allende was

(    )

 

mix of reality and mysticism. They are often based on her own experiences of life and of being a

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

greatest    Latin    novelists    the    ever    American    among

2.

are    on    experiences    They    based    own    life    often    her    of

3.

travels    She    lectures    giving    world    the

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was    family    a    she    Her    around    when    young    moved    lot

5.

the    in    Chile    in    uncertainty    political    the    1960s

6.

She    early    became    on    successful

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novels    She    also    translated    romantic

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imagination    she    to    had    be    too    a    much    journalist

9.

her    writing    started    she    letter    a    grandfather    dying

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This    seller    best    first    her    into    transformed    eventually

ISABEL ALLENDE DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Isabel Allende?

2.

Would you like to have met Isabel Allende?

3.

What would you like to know about Isabel Allende 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 Isabel Allende?

2.

What questions would you like to have asked Isabel Allende?

3.

What would her answers have been to those questions?

4.

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5.

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8.

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ISABEL ALLENDE SURVEY

Write five questions about Isabel Allende 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.2.

 

 

 

 

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Q.4.

 

 

 

 

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

3. ISABEL ALLENDE POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Isabel Allende. 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 Isabel Allende. 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 Isabel Allende. Ask her three questions about her life. Tell her how important she is in today’s world and how she is missed. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Isabel Allende expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

considered

a.

thought

2

mix

b.

combination

3.

promoting

c.

publicizing

4.

former

d.

ex-

5.

uncertainty

e.

changeability

6.

went to school

f.

was educated


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

variety

g.

mixture

8.

journalist

h.

reporter

9.

sparked

i.

started

10.

imagination

j.

creativity

11

transformed

k

changed

12

acclaim

l

praise

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

among the greatest

a.

ever Latin American novelists

2

a mix of reality

b.

and mysticism

3.

promoting

c.

her books

4.

a distant

d.

cousin

5.

the political

e.

uncertainty in Chile

6.

She became successful early

f.

on

7.

sparked her

g.

desire to write

8.

she had too much imagination

h.

to be a journalist

9.

Allende was immediately compared

i.

to Gabriel Garcia Marquez

10.

More best sellers, awards and

j.

international acclaim followed

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