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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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Jackie Chan is a true action movie great. He has appeared in dozens of movies and is a screen legend. He had a simple beginning as a Chinese refugee in Hong Kong. His early years were, perhaps, a sign of things to come. His parents nicknamed him ‘Pao-Pao’, which means cannonball, because he had so much energy.

Chan enrolled in the China Drama Academy to study opera while still in his teens. He spent ten years there and worked part-time as a stuntman in the kung fu movie industry. He soon earned the reputation as Hong Kong’s most fearless stuntman. He moved into acting, but his first two films were both flops. He quit the movie business and moved to Australia.

Several years later, director Ng Than Chan asked Jackie to appear in the movies ‘Snake in Eagle's Shadow’ and ‘Drunken Master’. Both were smash hits at the box office and Jackie Chan was now a star in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, a former director tried to tie Chan to an old contract. He sent the Hong Kong mafia to Chan’s movie sets to frighten him. Chan moved to Hollywood.

He was not successful in Hollywood, so he returned to Hong Kong. He learnt a lot about movie-making while in America and used this knowledge to make many successful movies for the Chinese market. He also became a pop star. He returned to Hollywood and made the movie ‘Rush Hour’ in 1998. It made him a worldwide star.

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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.

true

a.

the future

2

legend

b.

joined

3.

things to come

c.

disasters

4.

enrolled

d.

genuine

5.

industry

e.

superstar

6.

flops

f.

business


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

appear

g.

ex-

8.

smash hits

h.

globally

9.

former

i.

act

10.

returned

j.

much

11

a lot

k

successes

12

worldwide

l

went back

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

a true action

a.

the kung fu movie industry

2

a sign of

b.

the Chinese market

3.

Chan enrolled in the

c.

while in America

4.

worked part-time as a stuntman in

d.

things to come

5.

the reputation as Hong Kong’s most

e.

to an old contract

6.

Both were smash hits at

f.

movie great

7.

a former director tried to tie Chan

g.

fearless stuntman

8.

He learnt a lot about movie-making

h.

China Drama Academy

9.

make many successful movies for

i.

a worldwide star

10.

It made him

j.

the box office


LISTENING GAP FILL

Jackie Chan is __________________________. He has appeared in dozens of movies and is a screen legend. He had a simple beginning as a Chinese refugee in Hong Kong. His early years were, perhaps__________________________. His parents nicknamed him ‘Pao-Pao’, which means cannonball, because __________________________.

Chan enrolled in the China Drama Academy to study opera ______________ teens. He spent ten years there and worked part-time as a stuntman in the kung fu movie industry. He ______________ reputation as Hong Kong’s most fearless stuntman. He ______________, but his first two films were both flops. ______________ movie business and moved to Australia.

Several years later, director Ng Than Chan asked Jackie ______________ movies ‘Snake in Eagle's Shadow’ and ‘Drunken Master’. Both were smash hits ______________ and Jackie Chan was now a star in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, a former director ______________ Chan to an old contract. He sent the Hong Kong mafia to Chan’s movie _________________. Chan moved to Hollywood.

He was not successful in Hollywood, so he returned to Hong Kong. He _________________ movie-making while in America and used this knowledge to make many successful movies for ______________. He also _________________. He returned to Hollywood and made the movie ‘Rush Hour’ in 1998. ______________ worldwide star.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Jackie Chan is a true / truly action movie great. He has appeared in dozens of movies and is a screen legendary / legend. He had a simple beginning was / as a Chinese refugee in Hong Kong. His early years were, perhaps, a sign of things to come. His parents nicknamed him ‘Pao-Pao’, which means cannonball, because he had so much energy / energetic.

Chan enrolled in the China Drama Academy to / for study opera while still in his teens. He spent ten years there and worked part-time as / was a stuntman in the kung fu movie industry. He soon earned the reputation was / as Hong Kong’s most fearless stuntman. He moved into acting, but his first two films were both flops. He quit / quiet the movie business and moved to Australia.

Several years later / lately, director Ng Than Chan asked Jackie to appear in the movies ‘Snake in Eagle's Shadow’ and ‘Drunken Master’. Both were smash / smashed hits at the box office and Jackie Chan was now a star in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, a farmer / former director tried to tie Chan to an old contract. He sent the Hong Kong mafia to Chan’s movie sets to frighten / afraid him. Chan moved to Hollywood.

He was not successful in Hollywood, so he returned to Hong Kong. He learnt a lot / many about movie-making while in America and used these / this knowledge to make many successful movies for the Chinese market / bazaar. He also became a pop star. He returned to Hollywood and made the movie ‘Rush Hour’ in 1998. It made / did him a worldwide star.


SPELLING

These jumbled words (underlined) are from the text. Spell them correctly.

Paragraph 1
 

1.

a true actoin movie great

2.

a screen delegn

3.

a sign of igshnt to come

4.

His parents ndmcinake him ‘Pao-Pao’


Paragraph 2
 

5.

Chan eonrdlle in the China Drama Academy

6.

worked aprt-tmie as a stuntman

7.

Hong Kong’s most fsselare stuntman

8.

He quit the movie isubssen


Paragraph 3
 

9.

paeapr in the movies

10.

hsmsa hits at the box office

11.

a erfomr director

12.

hitrngfe him


Paragraph 4
 

13.

he rdtrunee to Hong Kong

14.

He nrtlae a lot about movie-making while in America

15.

used this kolwnegde to make many successful movies

16.

It made him a iodldwwer star.


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

 

tie Chan to an old contract. He sent the Hong Kong mafia to Chan’s movie sets to frighten him. Chan moved to Hollywood.

(    )

 

Several years later, director Ng Than Chan asked Jackie to appear in the movies ‘Snake in Eagle's Shadow’ and

(    )

 

were both flops. He quit the movie business and moved to Australia.

(    )

 

a pop star. He returned to Hollywood and made the movie ‘Rush Hour’ in 1998. It made him a worldwide star.

(    )

 

star in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, a former director tried to

(    )

 

the reputation as Hong Kong’s most fearless stuntman. He moved into acting, but his first two films

(    )

 

while in America and used this knowledge to make many successful movies for the Chinese market. He also became

(    )

 

‘Drunken Master’. Both were smash hits at the box office and Jackie Chan was now a

(    )

 

to come. His parents nicknamed him ‘Pao-Pao’, which means cannonball, because he had so much energy.

( 1 )

 

Jackie Chan is a true action movie great. He has appeared in dozens of movies and is a screen

(    )

 

Chan enrolled in the China Drama Academy to study opera while still in his

(    )

 

legend. He had a simple beginning as a Chinese refugee in Hong Kong. His early years were, perhaps, a sign of things

(    )

 

He was not successful in Hollywood, so he returned to Hong Kong. He learnt a lot about movie-making

(    )

 

teens. He spent ten years there and worked part-time as a stuntman in the kung fu movie industry. He soon earned


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

great   movie   action   true   a   is   Chan   Jackie

2.

in   of   He   appeared   dozens   movies   has

3.

come   to   things   of   sign   a

4.

while   in   teens   opera   still   his   study

5.

flops   first   films   both   his   two   were

6.

office   box   the   at   hits   smash

7.

Kong   Chan’s   He   Hong   to   sets   the   mafia   movie   sent

8.

He   making    movie-   about   lot   a   learnt

9.

market   Chinese   the   for   movies   successful   many   make

10.

a   him   made   It   star   worldwide


JACKIE CHAN DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Jackie Chan?

2.

Would you like to meet Jackie Chan?

3.

What would you like to know about Jackie Chan and why?

4.

___________________________________________________

5.

___________________________________________________

6.

___________________________________________________

7.

___________________________________________________

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 Jackie Chan?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Jackie Chan?

3.

What would his answers be to those questions?

4.

___________________________________________________

5.

___________________________________________________

6.

___________________________________________________

7.

___________________________________________________

8.

___________________________________________________


THE JACKIE CHAN SURVEY

Write five questions about Jackie Chan 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

_____________

STUDENT 2

_____________

STUDENT 3

_____________

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

3. JACKIE CHAN POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Jackie Chan. 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 Jackie Chan. Include an imaginary interview with him. Write about what he does every day and what he 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 Jackie Chan. Ask him three questions about his life. Give him three suggestions on what he should do in his future. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Jackie Chan expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

true

a.

genuine

2

legend

b.

superstar

3.

things to come

c.

the future

4.

enrolled

d.

joined

5.

industry

e.

business

6.

flops

f.

disasters


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

appear

g.

act

8.

smash hits

h.

successes

9.

former

i.

ex-

10.

returned

j.

went back

11

a lot

k

much

12

worldwide

l

globally

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

a true action

a.

movie great

2

a sign of

b.

things to come

3.

Chan enrolled in the

c.

China Drama Academy

4.

worked part-time as a stuntman in

d.

the kung fu movie industry

5.

the reputation as Hong Kong’s most

e.

fearless stuntman

6.

Both were smash hits at

f.

the box office

7.

a former director tried to tie Chan

g.

to an old contract

8.

He learnt a lot about movie-making

h.

while in America

9.

make many successful movies for

i.

the Chinese market

10.

It made him

j.

a worldwide star

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