The Reading / Listening - Opera - Level 2

Saudi Arabia will have its first orchestra and opera. France will help to set them up. The two countries signed agreements on Monday to boost cultural ties and cooperation. France's Culture Minister said: "Today, an agreement was signed with the Paris Opera to help Saudi Arabia set up a national orchestra and an opera." The Paris Opera will help Saudi Arabia produce its own performances. Plans are already under way to build the country's first opera house in the kingdom's second largest city, Jeddah. Saudi Arabia will invest $64 billion in its entertainment industry over the next 10 years.



The agreement is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030 project. He wants to modernize Saudi life. Other parts of the cultural agreement will see French archaeologists developing Saudi Arabia's northwest region of Al-Ula. This area is rich in ancient archaeological sites. French archaeologists will help to preserve the area. Another important part of the agreement is the translation of literature. France's Culture Minister stressed, "the importance of translating 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. Saudi Arabia will have its first
  2. The two countries signed
  3. boost cultural
  4. an agreement was
  5. The Paris Opera will
  6. Saudi Arabia will invest
  7. its entertainment
  8. over the next
  1. help
  2. industry
  3. signed
  4. 10 years
  5. orchestra
  6. agreements
  7. $64 billion
  8. ties

Paragraph 2

  1. He wants to modernize
  2. parts of the cultural
  3. French
  4. Saudi Arabia's northwest
  5. rich in ancient archaeological
  6. help to
  7. the translation
  8. from Arabic
  1. archaeologists
  2. of literature
  3. preserve the area
  4. into French
  5. agreement
  6. region
  7. Saudi life
  8. sites

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Saudi Arabia will (1) ___________________ orchestra and opera. France will help to (2) ___________________. The two countries signed agreements on Monday to boost cultural ties and cooperation. France's Culture Minister said: "Today, an agreement (3) ___________________ the Paris Opera to help Saudi Arabia set up a national orchestra and an opera." The Paris Opera will help Saudi Arabia (4) ___________________ performances. Plans are already (5) ___________________ build the country's first opera house in the kingdom's second largest city, Jeddah. Saudi Arabia will invest $64 billion in its entertainment industry (6) ___________________ 10 years.

The agreement (7) ___________________ Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030 project. He (8) ___________________ Saudi life. Other parts of the cultural agreement will see French archaeologists developing Saudi Arabia's (9) ___________________ Al-Ula. This area is rich in ancient archaeological sites. French archaeologists will (10) ___________________ the area. Another important (11) ___________________ agreement is the translation of literature. France's Culture Minister stressed, "the importance of translating books (12) ___________________, from Arabic into French and French into Arabic".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

SaudiArabiawillhaveitsfirstorchestraandopera.Francewillhelptosett
hemup.ThetwocountriessignedagreementsonMondaytoboostcultur
altiesandcooperation.France'sCultureMinistersaid:"Today,anagree
mentwassignedwiththeParisOperatohelpSaudiArabiasetupanationa
lorchestraandanopera."TheParisOperawillhelpSaudiArabiaproducei
tsownperformances.Plansarealreadyunderwaytobuildthecountry'sfi
rstoperahouseinthekingdom'ssecondlargestcity,Jeddah.SaudiArabi
awillinvest$64billioninitsentertainmentindustryoverthenext10year
s.TheagreementispartofCrownPrinceMohammedbinSalman'sVision
2030project.HewantstomodernizeSaudilife.Otherpartsofthecultural
agreementwillseeFrencharchaeologistsdevelopingSaudiArabia'snor
thwestregionofAl-Ula.Thisareaisrichinancientarchaeologicalsites.Fr
encharchaeologistswillhelptopreservethearea.Anotherimportantpa
rtoftheagreementisthetranslationofliterature.France'sCultureMinist
erstressed,"theimportanceoftranslatingbooksinbothdirections,from
ArabicintoFrenchandFrenchintoArabic".

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

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Free writing

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