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I. Before listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Look at the article’s headline and guess whether these sentences are true (T) or false (F):

a. A children’s Internet site has listed 50 all-time great kids’ movies. T / F
b. More than 70 eminent film critics helped compile the list. T / F
c. All of the movies are Hollywood blockbusters. T / F
d. All of the movies are in English. T / F
e. It is suggested that movies should be part of the school curriculum. T / F
f. Movies are a part of children’s heritage. T / F
g. The list is largely about protecting children from bad influences. T / F
h. Girls are the central characters in most of the movies. T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article:

a. must-see 1 dispute
b. compiled 2 distinguished
c. eminent 3 heap
d. eclectic 4 failings
e. pile 5 diverse
f. scholastic 6 equal
g. on a par 7 essential viewing
h. shortcomings 8 prevalence
i. contention 9 academic
j. preponderance 10 put together

3. PHRASE MATCH: Match the following phrases from the article (sometimes more than one combination is possible):

a. a must-see 1 array of…
b. a survey of more than 70 2 children’s heritage
c. The result is an eclectic 3 with literature and art
d. and more obscure 4 eminent movie critics
e. top of 5 shortcomings of the list
f. on a par 6 the pile
g. films are a part of 7 for under-14-year olds
h. The website also notes some 8 of cultural diversity
i. Points of possible 9 releases

II. Listen and fill in the spaces

The British Film Institute (BFI) has _______ a list of 50 movies that are a must-see for under-14-year olds. The list was _______ from a survey of more than 70 _______ movie critics, who were asked to _______ their ten most recommended children’s movies from around the world. The result is an eclectic _______ of familiar Hollywood blockbusters, such as ET and Toy Story, and more _______ releases such as Where is the Friend’s House, an Iranian movie released in 1987. The film that came top of the _______ is Hayao Miyazaki’s 2001 movie Spirited Away, which won an Oscar for best _______. Five of the top ten movies are not in English.

The BFI wants to encourage parents and schools to _______ film as a serious scholastic subject, on a _______ with literature and art. It also highlights the fact that films are a part of children’s _______ and are something that people passionately _______ about. The top-50 list is intended to _______ the movies that children should see rather than those they shouldn’t. The BFI website points out that: “most public debate about children’s film viewing focuses on protection rather than _______.” The website also notes some _______ of the list: “Points of possible _______ include…the relative lack of cultural diversity and the preponderance of boys as central characters.”

III. Discussion


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

1) What did you think when you first read this headline?

2) Did the headline make you want to read the article?

3) What do you think of must-see movie lists?

4) Are you surprised five of the top ten are not in English?

5) Have you seen or would you like to see the four movies mentioned in the first paragraph?

6) How have kids’ movies changed over the years?

7) Do you prefer Hollywood kids’ movies or non-American ones?

8) Does your country produce wonderful children’s movies?

9) Do you think girls will ever become serious movie heroes?

10) What was the first movie you saw at the cinema?


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


1) Did you like reading this article?

2) What did you think about what you read?

3) What is your favorite kids’ movie?

4) Don’t you think children would become fat if they watched 50 movies?

5) What makes a good children’s movie?

6) Do you think children’s movies are getting better?

7) Do prefer kids’ movies that have real people in them rather than computer graphics?

8) Do you think movies should be studied at school?

9) Do you think movies are an important part of a child’s heritage?

Date: 2015-12-24; view: 862

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