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Preity Zinta is one of India’s most celebrated actresses. She has appeared in both Bollywood and English-language movies. In addition to acting, she is a writer, stage performer and philanthropist. She is also a businesswoman and co-owns a top Indian cricket team. She is well-known for speaking her mind in public, often when it is dangerous to do so.

Zinta was born in 1975. The death of her Indian Army father was a major turning point in her life. She said she had to mature quickly. She remembers being a tomboy as a child. She loved English, especially Shakespeare, and graduated with an English degree. This was followed by a second degree in criminal psychology. Armed with these two degrees, she became a model.

In 1997, Zinta bumped into film-maker Shekhar Kapur, who instantly decided she had to be an actress. Her first leading role was in the action movie ‘Soldier’ in 1998, for which she won the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. The ‘India Today’ newspaper said Zinta represented a new breed of Indian actors. Her screen success continues, as do the positive reviews from critics.

Zinta has been successful in all areas of her life. She has written for the BBC’s South Asia website about life as a female Indian. Her stage performances include a show in London’s Hyde Park in front of 100,000 spectators. She is also very strong-willed. She spoke out in court against the Indian Mafia and received an award for her bravery.

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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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1.

celebrated

a.

significant

2

philanthropist

b.

admired

3.

speaking her mind

c.

equipped

4.

major

d.

grow up

5.

mature

e.

humanitarian

6.

armed

f.

talking frankly


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7.

bumped into

g.

class

8.

instantly

h.

met

9.

breed

i.

courage

10.

areas

j.

immediately

11

strong-willed

k

aspects

12

bravery

l

determined

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

one of India’s most

a.

breed of actors

2

She is well-known for speaking

b.

in court

3.

a major turning

c.

her mind in public

4.

she had to mature

d.

into film-maker Shekhar Kapur

5.

She remembers being a

e.

in all areas of her life

6.

Zinta bumped

f.

point in her life

7.

Zinta represented a new

g.

tomboy as a child

8.

Zinta has been successful

h.

spectators

9.

in front of 100,000

i.

celebrated actresses

10.

She spoke out

j.

quickly

LISTENING GAP FILL

Preity Zinta is one of India’s _______________ actresses. She has appeared in both Bollywood and English-language movies. _______________ acting, she is a writer, stage performer and philanthropist. She is also a businesswoman _______________ Indian cricket team. She is well-known for speaking her _______________, often when it is dangerous to do so.

Zinta was born in 1975. The _______________ Indian Army father was a major turning _______________. She said she had to mature quickly. She remembers being a _______________ child. She loved English, especially Shakespeare, and graduated with an English degree. This was followed by a second degree in criminal psychology. _______________ two degrees, she became a model.

In 1997, Zinta _______________ film-maker Shekhar Kapur, who instantly decided she had to be an actress. Her first leading role _______________ movie ‘Soldier’ in 1998, for which she won the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. The ‘India Today’ newspaper said Zinta represented _______________ Indian actors. Her screen success continues, _______________ reviews from critics.

Zinta has been successful _______________ her life. She has written for the BBC’s South Asia website _______________ female Indian. Her stage performances _______________ London’s Hyde Park in front of 100,000 spectators. She is also very strong-willed. She _______________ court against the Indian Mafia and received an award for her bravery.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Preity Zinta is one of India’s most celebrated / celebration actresses. She has appeared in both Bollywood and English-language movies. In additionally / addition to acting, she is a writer, stage performer and philanthropist. She is also a businesswoman and co-owns a top Indian cricket team. She is well-known for speaking her brain / mind in public, often when it is dangerous / dangers to do so.

Zinta was born in 1975. The death / died of her Indian Army father was a major turning stop / point in her life. She said she had to mature quickly. She remembers being a tomboy was / as a child. She loved English, especially Shakespeare, and graduated with an English degree. This was followed by a second degree in criminal psychology. Armed / Arm with these two degrees, she became a model.

In 1997, Zinta bumped onto / into film-maker Shekhar Kapur, who instantly decided she had to be an actress. Her first leading roll / role was in the action movie ‘Soldier’ in 1998, for which she won the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. The ‘India Today’ newspaper said Zinta represented a new bread / breed of Indian actors. Her screen success continues, as / was do the positive reviews from critics.

Zinta has been successful in all areas / area of her life. She has written for / by the BBC’s South Asia website about life as a female Indian. Her stage performances include a show in London’s Hyde Park in front of 100,000 spectators. She is also very strong-willed. She spoke in / out in court against the Indian Mafia and received an award for her brave / bravery.

SPELLING

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

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a major tunnigr point in her life

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7.

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8.

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10.

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11.

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12.

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13.

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15.

She spoke out in crout

16.

received an award for her ryaebrv

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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a top Indian cricket team. She is well-known for speaking her mind in public, often when it is dangerous to do so.

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about life as a female Indian. Her stage performances include a show in London’s Hyde Park

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Zinta was born in 1975. The death of her Indian Army father was a major

(    )

 

Zinta has been successful in all areas of her life. She has written for the BBC’s South Asia website

(    )

 

in front of 100,000 spectators. She is also very strong-willed. She spoke

(    )

 

movies. In addition to acting, she is a writer, stage performer and philanthropist. She is also a businesswoman and co-owns

(    )

 

by a second degree in criminal psychology. Armed with these two degrees, she became a model.

(    )

 

as a child. She loved English, especially Shakespeare, and graduated with an English degree. This was followed

(    )

 

out in court against the Indian Mafia and received an award for her bravery.

(    )

 

decided she had to be an actress. Her first leading role was in the action movie ‘Soldier’ in 1998,

(    )

 

turning point in her life. She said she had to mature quickly. She remembers being a tomboy

(    )

 

In 1997, Zinta bumped into film-maker Shekhar Kapur, who instantly

(    )

 

for which she won the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. The ‘India Today’ newspaper said Zinta represented a new

(    )

 

breed of Indian actors. Her screen success continues, as do the positive reviews from critics.

1  )

 

Preity Zinta is one of India’s most celebrated actresses. She has appeared in both Bollywood and English-language

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

most   India’s   of   one   actresses   celebrated

2.

known   for   speaking   her   mind   in   public   She   is   well

3.

her   a   turning   in   life   major   point

4.

a   being   remembers   She   child   a   as   tomboy

5.

was   by   second   This   followed   a   degree

6.

first   leading   role   was   in   the   action   movie   ‘Soldier’   Her

7.

Zinta   actors   Indian   of   breed   new   a   represented

8.

areas   life   been   all   her   has   in   of   Zinta   successful

9.

in   Mafia   court   She   against   spoke   the   out   Indian

10.

received   bravery   her   for   award   an

PREITY ZINTA DISCUSSION (Write your questions)

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

1.

What do you know about Preity Zinta?

2.

Would you like to meet Preity Zinta?

3.

What would you like to know about Preity Zinta 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 Preity Zinta?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Preity Zinta?

3.

What would her answers be to those questions?

4.

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5.

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6.

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8.

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THE PREITY ZINTA SURVEY

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

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

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

celebrated

a.

admired

2

philanthropist

b.

humanitarian

3.

speaking her mind

c.

talking frankly

4.

major

d.

significant

5.

mature

e.

grow up

6.

armed

f.

equipped


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

bumped into

g.

met

8.

instantly

h.

immediately

9.

breed

i.

class

10.

areas

j.

aspects

11

strong-willed

k

determined

12

bravery

l

courage

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

one of India’s most

a.

celebrated actresses

2

She is well-known for speaking

b.

her mind in public

3.

a major turning

c.

point in her life

4.

she had to mature

d.

quickly

5.

She remembers being a

e.

tomboy as a child

6.

Zinta bumped

f.

into film-maker Shekhar Kapur

7.

Zinta represented a new

g.

breed of actors

8.

Zinta has been successful

h.

in all areas of her life

9.

in front of 100,000

i.

spectators

10.

She spoke out

j.

in court

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