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Tom Cruise, Katy Holmes to Divorce (30th June, 2012)

Hollywood actress Katie Holmes is divorcing her actor husband Tom Cruise after nearly six years of marriage. The couple tied the knot in November 2006. They had a fairy-tale romance that included Cruise popping the question at the Eiffel Tower in Paris in June 2005. The wedding was in November 2006 at a 15th-century Italian castle. Mr Cruise's agent told the Associated Press news agency: "Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children."

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Cruise, 50, and Holmes, 33, have both asked the media to respect their privacy. However, the world's press is sure to keep the story alive. They will probably focus on who gets what in the divorce settlement. There are reports that the couple had a pre-marriage agreement stating Holmes would receive their luxury California mansion and get $3 million for every year she stayed married to Cruise. Ms Holmes has also said she will fight to keep their six-year-old daughter Suri.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

after nearly

a.

for divorce

2

The couple tied the

b.

saddened

3.

popping

c.

knot

4.

Kate has filed

d.

on his three children

5.

deeply

e.

the question

6.

concentrating

f.

six years of marriage

 

Paragraph 2

1.

asked the media to

a.

gets what

2

keep the story

b.

marriage agreement

3.

focus on who

c.

6-year-old daughter

4.

the couple had a pre-

d.

mansion

5.

their luxury California

e.

respect their privacy

6.

fight to keep their

f.

alive


LISTENING GAP FILL

Hollywood actress Katie Holmes _____________________ actor husband Tom Cruise after _____________________ marriage. The couple tied the knot in November 2006. They had a fairy-tale romance that included Cruise _____________________ at the Eiffel Tower in Paris in June 2005. The wedding was in November 2006 _____________________ Italian castle. Mr Cruise's agent told the Associated Press news agency: "Kate has _____________________ and Tom is deeply saddened and _____________________ his three children."

Cruise, 50, and Holmes, 33, have both asked the media to _____________________. However, the world's press is sure to _____________________. They will probably focus _____________________ in the divorce settlement. There are reports that the couple had a pre-marriage _____________________ Holmes would receive their luxury California mansion and get $3 million _____________________ stayed married to Cruise. Ms Holmes has also said she _____________________ their six-year-old daughter Suri.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Hollywood actress Katie Holmes is (1) ____ her actor husband Tom Cruise after nearly six years of marriage. The couple tied the (2) ____ in November 2006. They had a fairy-(3) ____ romance that included Cruise popping the (4) ____ at the Eiffel Tower in Paris in June 2005. The wedding was in November 2006 at a 15th-century Italian castle. Mr Cruise's agent told the Associated Press news agency: "Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is        (5) ____ saddened and is concentrating (6) ____ his three children."

Cruise, 50, and Holmes, 33, have both asked the media (7) ____ respect their privacy. However, the world's press is sure to keep the story (8) ____. They will probably focus on who gets (9) ____ in the divorce settlement. There are reports that the couple had a (10) ____-marriage agreement stating Holmes would receive their (11) ____ California mansion and get $3 million for every year she stayed married to Cruise. Ms Holmes has also said she will fight to (12) ____ their six-year-old daughter Suri.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

divorced

(b)

divorce

(c)

divorcing

2.

(a)

knot

(b)

tongue

(c)

game

3.

(a)

tail

(b)

tale

(c)

tall

4.

(a)

answer

(b)

question

(c)

problem

5.

(a)

deeply

(b)

widely

(c)

lengthily

6.

(a)

at

(b)

by

(c)

on

7.

(a)

at

(b)

to

(c)

by

8.

(a)

alive

(b)

life

(c)

livelihood

9.

(a)

which

(b)

what

(c)

when

10.

(a)

pre

(b)

per

(c)

par

11.

(a)

toxic

(b)

anxious

(c)

luxury

12

(a)

divorce

(b)

grow up

(c)

keep


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

divorcing her actor danbsuh

2.

six years of greimara

3.

a fairy-tale carmone

4.

pgppnio the question

5.

the Associated Press news acngye

6.

eyedpl saddened

 

Paragraph 2

7.

estrpec their privacy

8.

keep the story evlia

9.

socfu on who gets what

10.

a pre-marriage neerametg

11.

uyxlur California mansion

12.

their six-year-old guretadh


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

Cruise, 50, and Holmes, 33, have both asked the media to respect their

(    )

tale romance that included Cruise popping the question at the Eiffel Tower in Paris

(    )

nearly six years of marriage. The couple tied the knot in November 2006. They had a fairy-

(    )

in June 2005. The wedding was in November 2006 at a 15th-century

(    )

Cruise. Ms Holmes has also said she will fight to keep their six-year-old daughter Suri.

(    )

mansion and get $3 million for every year she stayed married to

(    )

marriage agreement stating Holmes would receive their luxury California

(    )

on who gets what in the divorce settlement. There are reports that the couple had a pre-

(    )

divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children."

(    )

Italian castle. Mr Cruise's agent told the Associated Press news agency: "Kate has filed for

1  )

Hollywood actress Katie Holmes is divorcing her actor husband Tom Cruise after

(    )

privacy. However, the world's press is sure to keep the story alive. They will probably focus


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

nearly     years     marriage     After     six     of.    

2.

November     tied     2006     the     knot     The     in     couple.    

3.

fairy     a     had     They     romance     tale     -.    

4.

filed     has     Kate     divorce     for.     

5.

three     his     on     Concentrating     children.    

6.

the     Asked     privacy     their     respect     to     media.    

7.

the     story     alive     The     world's     press    is     sure    to     keep.    

8.

in     on     the     who     divorce     gets     what     Focus.    

9.

Holmes     mansion     California     luxury     their     receive     would.    

10.

she     million     year     married     3     every     stayed     $     for.    


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.

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3.

________________________________________________________

4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about divorce 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. DIVORCE: Search the Internet and find more information about divorce. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about divorce. Include an imaginary interview with Tom and Katie. 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 divorce expert. Ask him/her three questions about divorce. Give him/her three of your opinions on divorce. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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