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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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Jennifer Lopez, a.k.a. J.Lo, is a multi-talented and influential superstar. She is an actress, singer-songwriter, record producer, and dancer. She is also a very smart businesswoman and has used her fame to launch her own fashion line and perfumes. She has upset animal rights groups by using fur. She is the richest entertainer of Latin American ancestry in Hollywood.

Lopez was born in 1969 and raised in the Bronx district of New York. She always dreamed of fame but left it quite late before she did something about it. When she was 19, she started singing and dancing lessons. After two years, she was selected as a dancer for MTV and as a backup singer for Janet Jackson.

In the 1990s, Lopez appeared in several hit movies. Her performance in the lead role in ‘Selena’ in 1997 received rave reviews. Lopez has appeared in over 20 movies. She released her debut album ‘On the 6’ in 1999, which was a top 10 hit in the US. She has released a total of seven albums in English and Spanish.

Lopez has expanded her business interests into many areas. In 2003, she launched her JLO brand, which is highly popular with young women. She followed this with her 2005 SweetFace and 2007 JustSweet collections. Her “Glow by J.Lo” perfume broke many sales records. Lopez also owns a restaurant in Miami and a film and television production company. There’s no telling in which direction J.Lo will venture next.

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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.

influential

a.

parentage

2

smart

b.

brought up

3.

ancestry

c.

clever

4.

raised

d.

important

5.

fame

e.

chosen

6.

selected

f.

stardom


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

appeared

g.

brought out

8.

lead

h.

hugely

9.

released

i.

built up

10.

expanded

j.

knowing

11

highly

k

main

12

telling

l

acted

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

She is also a very smart

a.

rights groups by using fur

2

used her fame to launch

b.

interests into many areas

3.

She has upset animal

c.

did something about it

4.

Lopez was born in 1969

d.

J.Lo will venture next

5.

Her performance

e.

businesswoman

6.

left it quite late before she

f.

in the lead role

7.

She has released a

g.

many sales records

8.

Lopez has expanded her business

h.

her own fashion line

9.

Her “Glow by J.Lo” perfume broke

i.

total of seven albums

10.

There’s no telling in which direction

j.

and raised in the Bronx


LISTENING GAP FILL

Jennifer Lopez, a.k.a. J.Lo, is a __________________ influential superstar. She is an actress, singer-songwriter, record producer, and dancer. She is __________________ businesswoman and has used her __________________ own fashion line and perfumes. She has upset animal rights __________________. She is the richest entertainer of Latin American ancestry in Hollywood.

Lopez was born in 1969 __________________ district of New York. She always __________________ but left it quite late before she did something about it. When she was 19, she started singing and dancing lessons. After two years, she __________________ dancer for MTV and __________________ for Janet Jackson.

In the 1990s, Lopez appeared __________________. Her performance __________________ ‘Selena’ in 1997 received rave reviews. Lopez has appeared in over 20 movies. She released __________________ ‘On the 6’ in 1999, which was a top 10 hit in the US. She has released __________________ albums in English and Spanish.

Lopez has expanded __________________ into many areas. In 2003, she launched her JLO brand, which __________________ with young women. She followed this with her 2005 SweetFace and 2007 JustSweet collections. Her “Glow by J.Lo” perfume __________________ records. Lopez also owns a restaurant in Miami and a film and television production company. There’s __________________ direction J.Lo will venture next.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Jennifer Lopez, a.k.a. J.Lo, is a multi-talented and influence / influential superstar. She is an actress, singer-songwriter, record producer, and dancer. She is also a very tidy / smart businesswoman and has used her fame / famous to launch her own fashion line and perfumes. She has upset animal rights groups by using furry / fur. She is the richest entertainer of Latin American ancestry in Hollywood.

Lopez was born in 1969 and risen / raised in the Bronx district of New York. She always dreamed of fame but left it quite / quiet late before she did something about / around it. When she was 19, she started singing and dancing lessons. After two years, she was selected / selection as a dancer for MTV and as a backup singer for Janet Jackson.

In the 1990s, Lopez appeared in several / severe hit movies. Her performance in the leader / lead role in ‘Selena’ in 1997 received rave reviews. Lopez has / was appeared in over 20 movies. She released her debut album ‘On the 6’ in 1999, which was a top 10 hit in the US. She has released a total of several / seven albums in English and Spanish.

Lopez has expanded her business interesting / interests into many areas. In 2003, she launched her JLO brand, which is highly / highest popular with young women. She followed this with her 2005 SweetFace and 2007 JustSweet collections. Her “Glow by J.Lo” perfume broke / broken many sales records. Lopez also owns a restaurant in Miami and a film and television production company. There’s no told / telling in which direction J.Lo will venture next.


SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1
 

1.

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2.

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3.

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Paragraph 2
 

5.

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6.

She always deerdam of fame

7.

she was tleedces as a dancer for MTV

8.

a puackb singer for Janet Jackson


Paragraph 3
 

9.

appeared in easlvre hit movies

10.

rave eivsrew

11.

her deubt album

12.

released a atotl of seven albums


Paragraph 4
 

13.

Lopez has expanded her ssesiubn interests

14.

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15.

krebo many sales records

16.

There’s no nlgtlei in which direction J.Lo will venture next


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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Lopez was born in 1969 and raised in the Bronx district of New York. She always dreamed of fame but left it quite

(    )

 

In the 1990s, Lopez appeared in several hit movies. Her performance in the lead role in ‘Selena’ in 1997 received

(    )

 

record producer, and dancer. She is also a very smart businesswoman and has used her fame to

(    )

 

10 hit in the US. She has released a total of seven albums in English and Spanish.

(    )

 

late before she did something about it. When she was 19, she started singing and dancing lessons. After

(    )

 

two years, she was selected as a dancer for MTV and as a backup singer for Janet Jackson.

(    )

 

which is highly popular with young women. She followed this with her 2005 SweetFace and 2007 JustSweet

(    )

 

and influential superstar. She is an actress, singer-songwriter,

(    )

 

and television production company. There’s no telling in which direction J.Lo will venture next.

(    )

 

collections. Her “Glow by J.Lo” perfume broke many sales records. Lopez also owns a restaurant in Miami and a film

(    )

 

rave reviews. Lopez has appeared in over 20 movies. She released her debut album ‘On the 6’ in 1999, which was a top

(    )

 

fur. She is the richest entertainer of Latin American ancestry in Hollywood.

(    )

 

Lopez has expanded her business interests into many areas. In 2003, she launched her JLO brand,

(    )

 

launch her own fashion line and perfumes. She has upset animal rights groups by using

( 1 )

 

Jennifer Lopez, a.k.a. J.Lo, is a multi-talented


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

Lo    is    a    multi    -    talented    and    influential    superstar    J

2.

is    She    woman    business    smart    very    a    also

3.

rights    She    groups    has    by    upset    using    animal    fur

4.

but    quite    always    fame    it    She    of    left    late    dreamed

5.

19    started    dancing    was    she    and    she    ,    singing    When

6.

Lopez    several    In    ,    in    movies    1990s    appeared    hit    the

7.

total    a    released    has    She    albums    seven    of

8.

Lopez    interests    business    her    expanded    has

9.

Lopez    owns    restaurant    Miami    also    a    in

10.

telling    no    There’s    direction    which    in


JENNIFER LOPEZ DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Jennifer Lopez?

2.

Would you like to have met Jennifer Lopez?

3.

What would you like to know about Jennifer Lopez 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 Jennifer Lopez?

2.

What questions would you like to have asked Jennifer Lopez?

3.

What would her 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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JENNIFER LOPEZ SURVEY

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

3. JENNIFER LOPEZ POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Jennifer Lopez. 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 Jennifer Lopez. 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 Jennifer Lopez. 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 “Jennifer Lopez expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

influential

a.

important

2

smart

b.

clever

3.

ancestry

c.

parentage

4.

raised

d.

brought up

5.

fame

e.

stardom

6.

selected

f.

chosen


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

appeared

g.

acted

8.

lead

h.

main

9.

released

i.

brought out

10.

expanded

j.

built up

11

highly

k

hugely

12

telling

l

knowing

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

She is also a very smart

a.

businesswoman

2

used her fame to launch

b.

her own fashion line

3.

She has upset animal

c.

rights groups by using fur

4.

Lopez was born in 1969

d.

and raised in the Bronx

5.

Her performance

e.

in the lead role

6.

left it quite late before she

f.

did something about it

7.

She has released a

g.

total of seven albums

8.

Lopez has expanded her business

h.

interests into many areas

9.

Her “Glow by J.Lo” perfume broke

i.

many sales records

10.

There’s no telling in which direction

j.

J.Lo will venture next

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