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Movie Director Killed in El Salvador

Top French movie director Christian Poveda has been killed in El Salvador. He was shot on a road near the capital San Salvador. He was busy filming a new documentary. The filmmaker is famous for his 2008 movie “La Vida Loca”, which means “The Crazy Life”. The film is all about gangs and violence in El Salvador. Local police believe gang members killed him. They have arrested one man and are now questioning him. Poveda was just 53 years old. His first career was as a journalist. He covered El Salvador's 1980-1992 civil war.

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People like Christian Poveda are very, very brave. They risk their lives every day to bring us stories about the world. It must be a scary job to report on wars and follow dangerous gangs. I guess it’s also very exciting. You get to see so many things. It makes most of our lives look boring. I can’t imagine how his family felt. They probably worried every time he went to work. I really hope someone makes a prize called the Christian Poveda Award. The winner is the bravest movie maker of the year.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

busy filming a

a.

as a journalist

2

famous for his

b.

new documentary

3.

“La Vida Loca”, which

c.

civil war

4.

all about gangs

d.

2008 movie

5.

His first career was

e.

and violence

6.

El Salvador's 1980-1992

f.

means “The Crazy Life”

 

Paragraph 2

1.

They risk

a.

job

2

It must be a scary

b.

makes a prize

3.

most of our lives

c.

of the year

4.

They probably worried

d.

their lives

5.

I really hope someone

e.

every time

6.

the bravest movie maker

f.

look boring


LISTENING GAP FILL

Top French movie director Christian Poveda ________________ El Salvador. He was shot on a road near the capital San Salvador. He __________________ new documentary. The filmmaker is famous for his 2008 movie “La Vida Loca”, which means “The Crazy Life”. The __________________ gangs and violence in El Salvador. Local police believe gang members killed him. They have ________________ and are now questioning him. Poveda was just 53 years old. His first ________________ journalist. He covered El Salvador's 1980-1992 civil war.

People like Christian Poveda are very, very brave. They ________________ every day to bring us stories about the world. It must ________________ report on wars and follow dangerous gangs. I guess it’s also very exciting. ________________ many things. It makes most of our lives look boring. I can’t imagine ________________. They probably worried every time he went to work. I really hope someone makes ________________ Christian Poveda Award. The winner is the bravest movie maker of the year.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

(1) ____ French movie director Christian Poveda has been killed in El Salvador. He was (2) ____ on a road near the capital San Salvador. He was busy filming a new documentary. The filmmaker is famous for his 2008 movie “La Vida Loca”, which (3) ____ “The Crazy Life”. The film is all about gangs and violence in El Salvador. Local police believe gang members killed him. They have arrested one man and are (4) ____ questioning him. Poveda was just 53 years old. His first career was as a journalist. He covered El Salvador's 1980-1992 civil (5) ____.

People like Christian Poveda are very, very (6) ____. They risk their lives every day to bring us stories about the world. It must be a (7) ____ job to report on wars and follow dangerous gangs. I guess it’s (8) ____ very exciting. You get to see so many things. It makes most of our lives look boring. I can’t (9) ____ how his family felt. They probably worried every time he went to work. I really hope someone makes a prize called the Christian Poveda Award. The winner is the bravest movie maker (10) ____ the year.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

Tip

(b)

Tap

(c)

Top

2.

(a)

shot

(b)

shoots

(c)

shooting

3.

(a)

meaning

(b)

means

(c)

mean

4.

(a)

know

(b)

then

(c)

now

5.

(a)

battle

(b)

war

(c)

wwwww

6.

(a)

bravery

(b)

bravest

(c)

brave

7.

(a)

scary

(b)

afraid

(c)

fear

8.

(a)

and

(b)

plus

(c)

also

9.

(a)

imagine

(b)

imaginary

(c)

imagination

10.

(a)

by

(b)

of

(c)

at


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

movie rdetoirc

2.

busy mginilf a new documentary

3.

gangs and lnieeocv

4.

gang ermmseb

5.

His first areecr

6.

liivc war

 

Paragraph 2

7.

very rbeva

8.

toirses about the world

9.

dsgneuoar gangs

10.

our lives look norgib

11.

orriedw every time

12.

the Christian Poveda ardwA


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

exciting. You get to see so many things. It makes most of our lives look boring. I can’t imagine how his family

(    )

People like Christian Poveda are very, very brave. They risk their lives every day to bring us stories

(    )

felt. They probably worried every time he went to work. I really hope someone makes a prize

(    )

near the capital San Salvador. He was busy filming a new documentary. The filmmaker is famous for his 2008

(    )

him. Poveda was just 53 years old. His first career was as a journalist. He covered El Salvador's 1980-1992 civil war.

(    )

Top French movie director Christian Poveda has been killed in El Salvador. He was shot on a road

(    )

about the world. It must be a scary job to report on wars and follow dangerous gangs. I guess it’s also very

1  )

movie “La Vida Loca”, which means “The Crazy Life”. The film is all about gangs and violence in El Salvador. Local

(    )

called the Christian Poveda Award. The winner is the bravest movie maker of the year.

(    )

police believe gang members killed him. They have arrested one man and are now questioning


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

the     He     on     near     shot     road     capital     was     a.    

2.

was     He     documentary     new     a     filming     busy.    

3.

about     The     gangs     film     and     is     violence     all.    

4.

gang     believe     police     Local     him     killed     members.    

5.

El     -     war     covered     1980     civil     He     Salvador's     1992.    

6.

are    very    People    Poveda    ,    Christian    very    brave    like.   

7.

day     They     their     every     risk     lives.    

8.

be     a     scary     job     to     report     on     wars     It     must.    

9.

to     get     You     things     many     so     see.    

10.

probably     They     went     he     time     every     worried.    


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.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about movie directors 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 Christian Poveda. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about movie directors. Include an imaginary interview with your favourite filmmaker. 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 a top film director. Ask him/her three questions about making movies. Give him/her three reasons why you should be in movies. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

 

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