The Reading / Listening - Opera - Level 1

Saudi Arabia will have its first orchestra and opera. France will help to set them up. The two countries signed an agreement on Monday to improve cultural ties. The Paris Opera will help Saudi Arabia produce its own opera and classical performances. There are already plans to build the first opera house. It will be in the kingdom's second largest city, Jeddah. Saudi Arabia will spend $64 billion on its entertainment industry in the next 10 years.



The agreement is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030 plan to modernize Saudi. Other parts of the agreement will see French archaeologists help to develop and preserve Saudi Arabia's region of Al-Ula. This area is rich in ancient sites. Another important part of the agreement is translating books. France's Culture Minister said it was important to translate books, "in both directions, from Arabic into French and French into Arabic".

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Sources
  • http://www.arabnews.com/node/1281546/saudi-arabia
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43703236
  • http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2018/04/09/Saudi-French-agreement-to-launch-opera-house-and-orchestra.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. have its first orchestra
  2. France will help to set
  3. improve cultural
  4. plans to build the first
  5. the kingdom's second
  6. Saudi Arabia will spend
  7. its entertainment
  8. in the next
  1. largest city
  2. 10 years
  3. and opera
  4. $64 billion
  5. industry
  6. ties
  7. opera house
  8. them up

Paragraph 2

  1. Prince Mohammed bin Salman's
  2. plan to
  3. Other parts
  4. French
  5. preserve Saudi Arabia's region
  6. This area is rich
  7. translating
  8. from Arabic
  1. in ancient sites
  2. archaeologists
  3. into French
  4. vision
  5. books
  6. modernize Saudi
  7. of Al-Ula
  8. of the agreement

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Saudi Arabia will (1) ___________________ orchestra and opera. France will help to (2) ___________________. The two countries signed an agreement on Monday (3) ___________________ ties. The Paris Opera will help Saudi Arabia produce (4) ___________________ and classical performances. There are already plans to (5) ___________________ opera house. It will be in the kingdom's second largest city, Jeddah. Saudi Arabia will spend $64 (6) ___________________ entertainment industry in the next 10 years.

The agreement (7) ___________________ Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030 (8) ___________________ Saudi. Other parts of the agreement will see French archaeologists (9) ___________________ and preserve Saudi Arabia's region of Al-Ula. This (10) ___________________ in ancient sites. Another important part of the agreement (11) ___________________. France's Culture Minister said it was important to translate books, "(12) ___________________, from Arabic into French and French into Arabic".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

SaudiArabiawillhaveitsfirstorchestraandopera.Francewillhelptosett
hemup.ThetwocountriessignedanagreementonMondaytoimprovecu
lturalties.TheParisOperawillhelpSaudiArabiaproduceitsownoperaan
dclassicalperformances.Therearealreadyplanstobuildthefirstoperah
ouse.Itwillbeinthekingdom'ssecondlargestcity,Jeddah.SaudiArabia
willspend$64billiononitsentertainmentindustryinthenext10years.T
heagreementispartofCrownPrinceMohammedbinSalman'sVision20
30plantomodernizeSaudi.OtherpartsoftheagreementwillseeFrench
archaeologistshelptodevelopandpreserveSaudiArabia'sregionofAl-
Ula.Thisareaisrichinancientsites.Anotherimportantpartoftheagree
mentistranslatingbooks.France'sCultureMinistersaiditwasimportan
ttotranslatebooks,"inbothdirections,fromArabicintoFrenchandFrenc
hintoArabic".

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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Free writing

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