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TV Stars Get Too Much Money

Television stars in the U.K. get paid too much money. That’s the opinion of many British people. The researchers YouGov asked 2,000 Brits what they thought of the huge salaries celebrities get. Fewer than one in ten people thought TV stars deserved their salaries. More than 80 per cent of people said television personalities should have their pay cut. One of the overpaid stars is Simon Cowell. He’s the host of American Idol and other talent shows. The people also wanted the BBC to tell the public how much its stars get paid.

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I think TV stars do a good job. They always make people laugh and make people happy. Not everyone can do that. Being a TV star looks easy, but it’s probably a difficult job. It must be hard to smile for one hour non stop. They do get a lot of money though. Some stars get more in one day than most people get in a year. That’s not right. A doctor or nurse or fire fighter is more important than a comedian or chat show host. Stars should get paid the same as everyone else. I think television would still be good.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

get

a.

many British people

2

the opinion of

b.

their salaries

3.

Fewer than

c.

paid

4.

TV stars deserved

d.

personalities

5.

More than 80 per cent

e.

one in ten

6.

television

f.

of people

 

Paragraph 2

1.

do a good

a.

looks easy

2

make people

b.

than a comedian

3.

Being a TV star

c.

job

4.

smile for one hour non

d.

be good

5.

more important

e.

happy

6.

television would still

f.

stop


LISTENING GAP FILL

Television stars in the U.K. __________________ money. That’s the opinion of many British people. The researchers YouGov asked 2,000 Brits __________________ of the huge salaries celebrities get. __________________ in ten people thought TV stars deserved their salaries. More than 80 per cent of people said television personalities should __________________. One __________________ is Simon Cowell. He’s the host of American Idol and other talent shows. The people also wanted the BBC to tell the public how much __________________.

I think TV stars do a good job. They always __________________ and make people happy. Not everyone can do that. Being a TV star looks easy, but it’s __________________ job. It must be hard to smile for __________________. They do get a lot of money though. Some stars get more in one day than __________________ in a year. That’s not right. A doctor or nurse or fire fighter is more important than a comedian __________________. Stars should get paid the same as everyone else. I think television __________________.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Television stars in the U.K. get paid (1) ____ much money. That’s the opinion of many British people. The researchers YouGov asked 2,000 Brits what (2) ____ thought of the huge salaries celebrities get. Fewer than one in ten people thought TV stars (3) ____ their salaries. More than 80 per cent of people said television personalities should have their pay (4) ____. One of the overpaid stars is Simon Cowell. He’s the host of American Idol and other talent shows. The people also wanted the BBC to tell the public how much its stars get (5) ____.

I think TV stars (6) ____ a good job. They always make people laugh and make people happy. Not everyone can do (7) ____. Being a TV star looks easy, but it’s probably a difficult job. It must be hard to smile for one hour (8) ____ stop. They do get a lot of money though. Some stars get more in one day than most people get (9) ____ a year. That’s not right. A doctor or nurse or fire fighter is more important than a comedian or chat show host. Stars should get paid the same as everyone else. I think television would   (10) ____ be good.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

too

(b)

way

(c)

lots

2.

(a)

them

(b)

we

(c)

they

3.

(a)

reserved

(b)

deserved

(c)

preserved

4.

(a)

slice

(b)

cut

(c)

chop

5.

(a)

paid

(b)

payment

(c)

pay

6.

(a)

be

(b)

do

(c)

make

7.

(a)

that

(b)

job

(c)

good

8.

(a)

not

(b)

no

(c)

non

9.

(a)

in

(b)

on

(c)

at

10.

(a)

yet

(b)

until

(c)

still


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

get adip too much money

2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

the thos of American Idol

6.

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Paragraph 2

7.

make people hglua

8.

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9.

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10.

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11.

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12.

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

show host. Stars should get paid the same as everyone else. I think television would still be good.

(    )

year. That’s not right. A doctor or nurse or fire fighter is more important than a comedian or chat

(    )

people said television personalities should have their pay cut. One of the overpaid stars is Simon Cowell. He’s the

(    )

that. Being a TV star looks easy, but it’s probably a difficult job. It must be hard to smile for one hour non

(    )

people. The researchers YouGov asked 2,000 Brits what they thought of the huge salaries celebrities

(    )

get. Fewer than one in ten people thought TV stars deserved their salaries. More than 80 per cent of

(    )

stop. They do get a lot of money though. Some stars get more in one day than most people get in a

(    )

host of American Idol and other talent shows. The people also wanted the BBC to tell the public how much its stars get paid.

(    )

I think TV stars do a good job. They always make people laugh and make people happy. Not everyone can do

1  )

Television stars in the U.K. get paid too much money. That’s the opinion of many British


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

paid     in     too     the     much     UK     get     Stars.    

2.

people     British     many     of     opinion     the     That’s.    

3.

one     ten     than     in     people     Fewer.    

4.

should     their     cut     Personalities     have     pay.    

5.

host    Idol    talent    The    American    other    of    and    shows.   

6.

laugh     people     make     always     They.    

7.

everyone     Not     that     do     can.    

8.

be     smile     hour     must     to     one     It     hard     for.    

9.

though     a     lot     They     of     do     money     get.    

10.

the     everyone     Stars     paid     as     get     same     else     should.     


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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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.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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WRITING

Write about TV stars 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 TV stars. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about TV stars. Include imaginary interviews with your favourite personalities. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to your favourite TV star. Ask him/her three questions about TV stars. Give him/her three of your opinions on life as a star. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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