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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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The multi-talented Kitano Takeshi, a.k.a. Beat Takeshi, is a Japanese comedian, actor, TV presenter, author, poet, painter, video game designer, award-winning film director and academic. He is one of the few Japanese entertainers to be famous around the world. His highly unique style and creative genius have kept him at the forefront of film and television for decades.

Kitano’s career is so varied it’s difficult to know where to begin. In his native Japan, he is best known as a TV host and comedian. Switch on Japanese TV and you’re likely to see Takeshi in one of his many zany roles. He started in comedy in the 1970s as half of the manzai comic duo Two Beats. Their TV debut made them both household names.

Takeshi decided to go it alone in the 1980s and his resume greatly broadened. In 1983, he appeared in the movie ‘Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence’ and became world famous. He starred in and directed ‘Violent Cop’ in 1989, which was the beginning of his career as a filmmaker. His 1997 ‘HANA-BI’ established his international status as one of Japan's top directors.

Kitano won the prestigious Silver Lion award at the Vienna Film Festival for 2003’s ‘Zatoichi’. Since April 2005, he has been a professor at Tokyo’s National University of Fine Arts and Music. He continues to paint, write, be funny, and make movies. There’s no telling in which direction his career will move 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.

a.k.a.

a.

head

2

academic

b.

pair

3.

forefront

c.

crazy

4.

varied

d.

professor

5.

zany

e.

also known as

6.

duo

f.

diverse


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

broadened

g.

respected

8.

appeared

h.

expanded

9.

established

i.

way

10.

prestigious

j.

predicting

11

telling

k

confirmed

12

direction

l

acted

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

award-winning

a.

where to begin

2

His highly unique style

b.

Silver Lion award

3.

it’s difficult to know

c.

alone in the 1980s

4.

you’re likely to see Takeshi in one

d.

film director

5.

Their TV debut made them

e.

as one of Japan's top directors

6.

Takeshi decided to go it

f.

both household names

7.

the beginning of his

g.

and creative genius

8.

established his international status

h.

his career will move in next

9.

Kitano won the prestigious

i.

career as a filmmaker

10.

There’s no telling in which direction

j.

of his many zany roles


LISTENING GAP FILL

____________________ Kitano Takeshi, a.k.a. Beat Takeshi, is a Japanese comedian, actor, TV presenter, author, poet, painter, video game designer, ____________________ director and academic. He is one of the few Japanese entertainers to be famous around the world. His highly unique style ____________________ have kept him at the forefront of film and television for decades.

Kitano’s ____________________ difficult to know where to begin. In his native Japan, he is best known as a TV host and comedian. Switch on Japanese TV ____________________ see Takeshi in one of his many zany roles. He started in comedy in the 1970s as half of the manzai comic duo Two Beats. Their TV debut made ________________________.

Takeshi decided ____________________ the 1980s and his resume greatly broadened. In 1983, he appeared in the movie ‘Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence’ and ____________________. He starred in and directed ‘Violent Cop’ in 1989, which was the beginning of his career as a filmmaker. His 1997 ‘HANA-BI’ established his international ____________________ Japan's top directors.

Kitano ____________________ Silver Lion award at the Vienna Film Festival for 2003’s ‘Zatoichi’. Since April 2005, ____________________ at Tokyo’s National University of Fine Arts and Music. He continues to paint, write, be funny, and make movies. There’s ____________________ direction his career will move next.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

The multi-talented Kitano Takeshi, a.k.a. / ala Beat Takeshi, is a Japanese comedian, actor, TV presenter, author, poetry / poet, painter, video game designer, award-winning film director and academic / academy. He is one of the few Japanese entertainers to be famous around the world. His highly uniquely / unique style and creative genius have kept him at the forefront of film and television for decades.

Kitano’s career is so varied / various it’s difficult to know where to begin. In his native Japan, he is best known as a TV host and comedian. Switch on Japanese TV and you’re likely / likeness to see Takeshi in one of his many zany roles. He started in comedy in the 1970s as half of the manzai comic trio / duo Two Beats. Their TV debut made them both housework / household names.

Takeshi decided to go it / them alone in the 1980s and his resume greatly broadened. In 1983, he appeared / appearing in the movie ‘Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence’ and became world famous. He starred on / in and directed ‘Violent Cop’ in 1989, which was the beginning of his career as / was a filmmaker. His 1997 ‘HANA-BI’ established his international status as one of Japan's top directors.

Kitano won / wins the prestigious Silver Lion award at the Vienna Film Festival for 2003’s ‘Zatoichi’. Since April 2005, he had / has been a professor at Tokyo’s National University of Fine Arts and Music. He continues to paint, write, be humour / funny, and make movies. There’s no telling / ordering in which direction his career will move next.


SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1
 

1.

a Japanese aonicmed

2.

video game dgeiensr

3.

His highly enuuiq style

4.

at the forefront of film and television for daeecsd


Paragraph 2
 

5.

Kitano’s career is so avider it’s difficult to know where to begin.

6.

In his iatvne Japan

7.

He started in moeycd in the 1970s

8.

Their TV ebtdu made them both household names.


Paragraph 3
 

9.

Takeshi decided to go it loena in the 1980s

10.

He starred in and tdirceed ‘Violent Cop’

11.

the beginning of his ceearr as a filmmaker

12.

established his international tusast


Paragraph 4
 

13.

Kitano won the strgeiiusop Silver Lion award

14.

a esrfosrpo at Tokyo’s National University

15.

He teionnusc to paint

16.

in which rinctdeoi his career will move next


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

1  )

 

The multi-talented Kitano Takeshi, a.k.a. Beat Takeshi, is a Japanese comedian, actor, TV

(    )

 

presenter, author, poet, painter, video game designer, award-winning film director and academic. He is one of the

(    )

 

Kitano’s career is so varied it’s difficult to know where to begin. In his native

(    )

 

few Japanese entertainers to be famous around the world. His highly unique style and creative genius

(    )

 

Takeshi decided to go it alone in the 1980s and his resume greatly broadened. In 1983, he appeared

(    )

 

his international status as one of Japan's top directors.

(    )

on Japanese TV and you’re likely to see Takeshi in one of his many zany roles. He started in comedy in the 1970s as half

(    )

 

for 2003’s ‘Zatoichi’. Since April 2005, he has been a professor at Tokyo’s National University of Fine Arts and Music. He continues

(    )

 

of the manzai comic duo Two Beats. Their TV debut made them both household names.

(    )

 

to paint, write, be funny, and make movies. There’s no telling in which direction his career will move next.

(    )

 

was the beginning of his career as a filmmaker. His 1997 ‘HANA-BI’ established

(    )

 

Japan, he is best known as a TV host and comedian. Switch

(    )

 

Kitano won the prestigious Silver Lion award at the Vienna Film Festival

(    )

 

in the movie ‘Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence’ and became world famous. He starred in and directed ‘Violent Cop’ in 1989, which

(    )

 

have kept him at the forefront of film and television for decades.


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

Takeshi   Takeshi   .a.k.a.   Beat   Kitano

2.

creative   His   unique   and   genius   highly   style

3.

know   to   it’s   to   where   begin   difficult

4.

the   He   in   in   1970s   started   comedy

5.

TV   Their   names   household   both   them   made   debut

6.

decided   Takeshi   alone   it   go   to

7.

filmmaker   a   as   career   his   of   beginning   the

8.

‘HANA-BI’      status   international   his   established

9.

won   prestigious   Lion   Kitano   the   Silver   award

10.

telling   no   There’s   direction   which   in


KITANO TAKESHI DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Kitano Takeshi?

2.

Would you like to meet Kitano Takeshi?

3.

What would you like to know about Kitano Takeshi and why?

4.

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5.

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6.

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

1.

What did you learn from this text about Kitano Takeshi?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Kitano Takeshi?

3.

What would his answers be to those questions?

4.

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6.

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8.

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THE KITANO TAKESHI SURVEY

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

3. KITANO TAKESHI POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Kitano Takeshi. 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 Kitano Takeshi. 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 Kitano Takeshi. 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 “Kitano Takeshi expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

a.k.a.

a.

also known as

2

academic

b.

professor

3.

forefront

c.

head

4.

varied

d.

diverse

5.

zany

e.

crazy

6.

duo

f.

pair


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

broadened

g.

expanded

8.

appeared

h.

acted

9.

established

i.

confirmed

10.

prestigious

j.

respected

11

telling

k

predicting

12

direction

l

way

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

award-winning

a.

film director

2

His highly unique style

b.

and creative genius

3.

it’s difficult to know

c.

where to begin

4.

you’re likely to see Takeshi in one

d.

of his many zany roles

5.

Their TV debut made them

e.

both household names

6.

Takeshi decided to go it

f.

alone in the 1980s

7.

the beginning of his

g.

career as a filmmaker

8.

established his international status

h.

as one of Japan's top directors

9.

Kitano won the prestigious

i.

Silver Lion award

10.

There’s no telling in which direction

j.

his career will move in next

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