The Reading / Listening - Level 0

People say Hollywood is run by "old white men". All 20 of the actors who could win an Oscar this year are white. No woman can win a directing or writing Oscar. There is too little diversity. The members of the academy are 94 per cent white, largely male, with an average age of 62. They decide who gets nominated for an Oscar.

A civil rights campaigner said the Academy is like the Rocky Mountains – "the higher you get, the whiter it gets". The movie nominated for this year's 'Best Picture' is about racism, but no non-white actors are nominated. The president of the Academy said the members do not look at an actor's colour or gender.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 1 Level 2   or  Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-30862139
  • http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/academy-president-speaks-oscars-firestorm-article-1.2082198
  • http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/15/us-awards-oscars-diversity-idUSKBN0KO2L920150115


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

People say Hollywood is run

a.

of 62

2.

All 20

b.

this year

3.

could win an Oscar

c.

or writing Oscar

4.

No woman can win a directing

d.

94 per cent white

5.

There is too little

e.

by "old white men"

6.

The members of the academy are

f.

gets nominated

7.

an average age

g.

of the actors

8.

They decide who

h.

diversity



MY e-BOOK
ESL resource book with copiable worksheets and handouts - 1,000 Ideas and Activities for Language Teachers / English teachers
See a sample

PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

A civil rights

a.

actors are nominated

2.

the Academy is like the

b.

of the Academy

3.

the higher you get,

c.

Rocky Mountains

4.

The movie nominated for this

d.

campaigner

5.

no non-white

e.

or gender

6.

about

f.

the whiter it gets

7.

The president

g.

racism

8.

look at an actor's colour

h.

year's 'Best Picture'





LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

People say Hollywood (1) ___________________ "old white men". (2) ___________________ who could win an Oscar this year are white. No woman (3) ___________________ or writing Oscar. There is (4) ___________________. The members of the academy are 94 per cent (5) ___________________, with an average age of 62. They (6) ___________________ nominated for an Oscar.

A (7) ___________________ said the Academy is like the Rocky Mountains – "the (8) ___________________, the whiter it gets". The movie (9) ___________________ this year's 'Best Picture' is about racism, (10) ___________________ actors are nominated. (11) ___________________ the Academy said the members do not look at an actor's (12) ___________________.

PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

PeoplesayHollywoodisrunby"oldwhitemen".All20oftheactorswhoco
uldwinanOscarthisyeararewhite.Nowomancanwinadirectingorwritin
gOscar.Thereistoolittlediversity.Themembersoftheacademyare94p
ercentwhite,largelymale,withanaverageageof62.Theydecidewhoge
tsnominatedforanOscar.AcivilrightscampaignersaidtheAcademyisli
ketheRockyMountains–"thehigheryouget,thewhiteritgets".Themovi
enominatedforthisyear's'BestPicture'isaboutracism,butnonon-whi
teactorsarenominated.ThepresidentoftheAcademysaidthemember
sdonotlookatanactor'scolourorgender.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

________________________________________________________

b)

________________________________________________________

c)

________________________________________________________

d)

________________________________________________________

e)

________________________________________________________

f)

________________________________________________________

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

________________________________________________________

b)

________________________________________________________

c)

________________________________________________________

d)

________________________________________________________

e)

________________________________________________________

f)

________________________________________________________

WRITING

Write about movies for 10 minutes. Read and talk about your partner's paper.

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

Answers

(Please check your answers against the article above.

Help Support This Web Site

  • Please consider helping Breaking News English.com

Sean Banville's Book

Thank You