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Tadao Ando was born in 1941 in Osaka, Japan. He is a prolific architect and is in demand the world over. He designs buildings using his distinctive approach to architecture. His style uses simple forms, lots of exposed concrete, and the creative use of natural light. People describe his work as ‘international modernism’. A leading architectural critic said: "Ando is right in the Japanese tradition.”

Ando spent his childhood making wood models. He spent hours in a carpenter’s shop across the street and learnt many techniques from the craftsmen. After leaving school he drifted from job to job. He was a truck driver and tried his luck as a boxer. He eventually got into architecture, even though he had no qualifications.

Ando began teaching himself the principles of designing buildings. He visited temples and shrines in Kyoto and Nara to get a feel for traditional Japanese architecture. He also travelled to Europe to sketch the magnificent buildings there. His maiden project was Tomishima House in Osaka in 1973. Twenty years later he completed his first international project – the Japanese Pavilion at Expo92 in Sevilla, Spain.

Ando was first recognized for his work in 1979, when he won the Annual Prize from the Architectural Institute of Japan. In 1995, he scooped the Pritzker Prize – the highest distinction in world architecture. He donated the $100,000 prize money to the orphans of the Kobe earthquake. A housing complex he designed in Kobe survived the earthquake undamaged.

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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’?

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1.

prolific

a.

wandered

2

distinctive

b.

top

3.

leading

c.

unique

4.

drifted

d.

productive

5.

eventually

e.

licenses

6.

qualifications

f.

finally


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7.

principles

g.

sense

8.

feel

h.

won

9.

maiden

i.

gave

10.

recognized

j.

concepts

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scooped

k

acknowledged

12

donated

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first

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

in demand

a.

in world architecture

2

his distinctive approach

b.

making wood models

3.

the creative use

c.

Japanese architecture

4.

Ando spent his childhood

d.

complex

5.

learnt many techniques

e.

to architecture

6.

the principles of

f.

of natural light

7.

get a feel for traditional

g.

the world over

8.

the highest distinction

h.

money to the orphans

9.

He donated the $100,000 prize

i.

from the craftsmen

10.

housing

j.

designing buildings

LISTENING GAP FILL

Tadao Ando was born in 1941 in Osaka, Japan. He _____________ architect and is in demand _____________. He designs buildings using his distinctive approach to architecture. His style uses simple forms, lots of exposed concrete, and _____________ of natural light. People describe his work as ‘international modernism’. A leading architectural critic said: "Ando _____________ Japanese tradition.”

Ando spent his childhood making wood models. He _____________ carpenter’s shop across the street _____________ techniques from the craftsmen. After leaving school he _____________ to job. He was a truck driver and ________________ a boxer. He eventually got into architecture, even though he had no qualifications.

Ando began teaching himself _______________ designing buildings. He visited temples and shrines in Kyoto and Nara _____________ traditional Japanese architecture. He also travelled to Europe _____________ magnificent buildings there. His maiden project was Tomishima House in Osaka in 1973. Twenty years later ________________ first international project – the Japanese Pavilion at Expo92 in Sevilla, Spain.

Ando was first recognized ______________ 1979, when he won the Annual Prize from the Architectural Institute of Japan. In 1995, _____________ Pritzker Prize – the highest distinction in world architecture. He donated the $100,000 prize money _____________ of the Kobe earthquake. A housing ________________ in Kobe survived the earthquake undamaged.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Tadao Ando was born in 1941 in Osaka, Japan. He is a profile / prolific architect and is in demand the world under / over. He designs buildings using his distinctive approach to architecture. His style uses simple farms / forms, lots of exposed concrete, and the creative use of natural light. People describe his work / workers as ‘international modernism’. A leading architectural critic said: "Ando is right in the Japanese tradition.”

Ando spent / spending his childhood making wood models. He spent hours in a carpenter’s shop across / opposite the street and learnt many techniques from the craftsmen. After leaving school he drafted / drifted from job to job. He was a truck driver and tried his lucky / luck as a boxer. He eventually got into architecture, even though he had no qualifications.

Ando began teaching himself / him the principles of designing buildings. He visited temples and shrines in Kyoto and Nara to get a felt / feel for traditional Japanese architecture. He also travelled to Europe to sketch / scratch the magnificent buildings there. His maiden project was Tomishima House in Osaka in 1973. Twenty years later he completed / completion his first international project – the Japanese Pavilion at Expo92 in Sevilla, Spain.

Ando was first recognized for / of his work in 1979, when he won the Annual Prize from the Architectural Institute of Japan. In 1995, he scooped / snooped the Pritzker Prize – the highest distinction in world architecture. He donation / donated the $100,000 prize money to the orphans of the Kobe earthquake. A housing complicated / complex he designed in Kobe survived the earthquake undamaged.

SPELLING

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

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1.

He is a ioirpcfl architect

2.

He designs buildings using his distinct arphcpao to architecture

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the ieervcat use of natural light

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Ando is right in the Japanese iandittro


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5.

Ando spent his childhood kamgin wood models

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learnt many qenheucsti from the craftsmen

7.

he iedrftd from job to job

8.

He neetlvuyla got into architecture


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the principles of nenggdiis buildings

10.

He visited tmespel and shrines

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He also travelled to Europe to htckse the magnificent buildings

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he completed his first international toerjcp


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In 1995, he oepcdso the Pritzker Prize

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the higseth distinction in world architecture

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He nedtaod the $100,000 prize money to the orphans

16.

A housing complex he designed in Kobe eudsirvv the earthquake

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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House in Osaka in 1973. Twenty years later he completed his first international project – the Japanese Pavilion at Expo92 in Sevilla, Spain.

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and shrines in Kyoto and Nara to get a feel for traditional Japanese architecture. He also travelled to

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over. He designs buildings using his distinctive approach to architecture. His style uses simple forms, lots of exposed

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Ando was first recognized for his work in 1979, when he won the Annual Prize from the

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Architectural Institute of Japan. In 1995, he scooped the Pritzker Prize – the highest

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Ando began teaching himself the principles of designing buildings. He visited temples

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Ando spent his childhood making wood models. He spent hours in a carpenter’s shop across

( 1 )

 

Tadao Ando was born in 1941 in Osaka, Japan. He is a prolific architect and is in demand the world

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Europe to sketch the magnificent buildings there. His maiden project was Tomishima

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complex he designed in Kobe survived the earthquake undamaged.

(    )

 

modernism’. A leading architectural critic said: "Ando is right in the Japanese tradition.”

(    )

 

distinction in world architecture. He donated the $100,000 prize money to the orphans of the Kobe earthquake. A housing

(    )

 

truck driver and tried his luck as a boxer. He eventually got into architecture, even though he had no qualifications.

(    )

 

concrete, and the creative use of natural light. People describe his work as ‘international

(    )

 

the street and learnt many techniques from the craftsmen. After leaving school he drifted from job to job. He was a

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

approach   designs   using   distinct   He   buildings   his

2.

light   natural   of   use   creative   the

3.

spent   childhood   wood   Ando   his   making   models

4.

drifted   After   from   leaving   job   school   to   he   job

5.

into   eventually   architecture   got   He

6.

the   himself   teaching   began   Ando   designing   of   principles

7.

get   feel   traditional   architecture   a   for   Japanese

8.

his   was   work   first   in   recognized   1979   for   Ando

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prize   100,000   the   donated   He   orphans   the   to   money   $

10.

he   complex   housing   A   survived   Kobe   in   designed

TADAO ANDO DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Tadao Ando?

2.

Would you like to meet Tadao Ando?

3.

What would you like to know about Tadao Ando 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 Tadao Ando?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Tadao Ando?

3.

What would his answers be to those questions?

4.

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8.

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TADAO ANDO SURVEY

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

3. TADAO ANDO POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Tadao Ando. 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 Tadao Ando. 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 Tadao Ando. 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 “Tadao Ando expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

prolific

a.

productive

2

distinctive

b.

unique

3.

leading

c.

top

4.

drifted

d.

wandered

5.

eventually

e.

finally

6.

qualifications

f.

licenses


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

principles

g.

concepts

8.

feel

h.

sense

9.

maiden

i.

first

10.

recognized

j.

acknowledged

11

scooped

k

won

12

donated

l

gave

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

in demand

a.

the world over

2

his distinctive approach

b.

to architecture

3.

the creative use

c.

of natural light

4.

Ando spent his childhood

d.

making wood models

5.

learnt many techniques

e.

from the craftsmen

6.

the principles of

f.

designing buildings

7.

get a feel for traditional

g.

Japanese architecture

8.

the highest distinction

h.

in world architecture

9.

He donated the $100,000 prize

i.

money to the orphans

10.

housing

j.

complex

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