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China Worries About Damaged Culture (4th August, 2010)

China's Culture Minister Cai Wu has attacked his country’s modern-day culture. He feels Chinese people are forgetting their heritage and becoming greedy. He said they are more interested in money and fashion. He targeted the Internet and television for focusing on gossip and trashy books and TV shows instead of Chinese arts. He said: "We publish more than 300,000 books every year, but how many of them could be compared with those…from our ancestors?" He said China “must pay more attention to culture and originality”.

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What is happening in China is happening in many countries. It seems as though we are moving towards a single world culture. Everywhere we travel, we find McDonalds, Disney, baseball caps and Michael Jackson. Young people love all things American or Western. It is sad to see shopping malls replace historic markets and neighborhoods all across the world. One day, it will be impossible to stand in a city and tell which country it belongs to. Everything and everyone will look the same.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

modern-day

a.

and fashion

2

becoming

b.

more attention

3.

more interested in money

c.

with those

4.

gossip and trashy

d.

culture

5.

compared

e.

greedy

6.

must pay

f.

books

 

Paragraph 2

1.

happening

a.

we find McDonalds

2

moving towards a single

b.

to see

3.

Everywhere we travel,

c.

or Western

4.

all things American

d.

in many countries

5.

It is sad

e.

it belongs to

6.

tell which country

f.

world culture


LISTENING GAP FILL

China's Culture Minister Cai Wu has attacked his country’s ____________________. He feels Chinese people are forgetting their heritage ____________________. He said they are more interested in money and fashion. ____________________ and television for focusing ____________________ books and TV shows instead of Chinese arts. He said: "We publish more than 300,000 books every year, but how ____________________ be compared with those…from our ancestors?" He said China “must ____________________ to culture and originality”.

What is happening in China ____________________ countries. It seems as though we are moving towards ____________________. Everywhere we travel, we find McDonalds, Disney, baseball caps and Michael Jackson. Young ____________________ American or Western. It is sad to see shopping malls replace historic ____________________ all across the world. One day, it will ____________________ in a city and tell ____________________ to. Everything and everyone will look the same.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

China's Culture Minister Cai Wu has (1) ____ his country’s modern-day culture. He feels Chinese people are forgetting their heritage and becoming (2) ____. He said they are more interested in money and fashion. He targeted the Internet and television for focusing (3) ____ gossip and trashy books and TV shows instead (4) ____ Chinese arts. He said: "We publish more than 300,000 books every year, but how many of them could be compared with those…from our ancestors?" He said China “must (5) ____ more attention to culture and originality”.

What is happening in China is happening in many countries. It (6) ____ as though we are moving towards a (7) ____ world culture. Everywhere we travel, we find McDonalds, Disney, baseball caps and Michael Jackson. Young people love (8) ____ things American or Western. It is sad to see shopping malls replace (9) ____ markets and neighborhoods all across the world. One day, it will be impossible to stand in a city and tell which country it         (10) ____ to. Everything and everyone will look the same.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

attacked

(b)

attacks

(c)

attacking

2.

(a)

greedy

(b)

greedily

(c)

greed

3.

(a)

in

(b)

by

(c)

on

4.

(a)

at

(b)

of

(c)

to

5.

(a)

pay

(b)

buy

(c)

present

6.

(a)

seem

(b)

seems

(c)

seemingly

7.

(a)

single

(b)

double

(c)

one

8.

(a)

every

(b)

each

(c)

all

9.

(a)

history

(b)

historic

(c)

historian

10.

(a)

belong

(b)

belongings

(c)

belongs


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

rednmo-day culture

2.

becoming yeedrg

3.

focusing on osgspi

4.

slihbpu more than 300,000 books

5.

dcemorap with those

6.

pay more tnantoeit

 

Paragraph 2

7.

a inslge world culture

8.

lslebbaa caps

9.

American or steeWnr

10.

historic srmtake and neighborhoods

11.

which country it gsobenl to

12.

eeneyovr will look the same


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

people love all things American or Western. It is sad to see shopping malls replace historic markets and

1  )

China's Culture Minister Cai Wu has attacked his country’s modern-day culture. He feels Chinese people are forgetting

(    )

their heritage and becoming greedy. He said they are more interested in money and fashion. He targeted the Internet and

(    )

world culture. Everywhere we travel, we find McDonalds, Disney, baseball caps and Michael Jackson. Young

(    )

What is happening in China is happening in many countries. It seems as though we are moving towards a single

(    )

neighborhoods all across the world. One day, it will be impossible to stand in a city and

(    )

our ancestors?" He said China “must pay more attention to culture and originality”.

(    )

television for focusing on gossip and trashy books and TV shows instead of Chinese arts. He said: "We publish

(    )

more than 300,000 books every year, but how many of them could be compared with those…from

(    )

tell which country it belongs to. Everything and everyone will look the same.


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

are     their     people     forgetting     heritage     Chinese.    

2.

are     more     He     interested     said     in     they     money.    

3.

books     every     year     We     publish     more     than     300,000.    

4.

our     with     from     ancestors     Compared     those.    

5.

more     Pay     originality     and     culture     to     attention.    

6.

a     towards     culture     moving     world     are     single     We.    

7.

things     people     all     American     Young     love.    

8.

replace     to     historic     see     markets     shopping     malls     Sad.    

9.

and    city    a    in    Stand    to    belongs    it    country    which    tell.   

10.

and     Everything     same     the     look     will     everyone.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

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 Chinese culture 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. CHINESE CULTURE: Search the Internet and find more information about what the Chinese Culture Minister said. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about culture. Include imaginary interviews with one person who thinks it’s really important, and another person who doesn’t think it’s important. 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 the Chinese Culture Minister. Ask him three questions about Chinese culture. Give him three of your opinions on Chinese culture. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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