The Reading / Listening - Film Star Pay - Level 1

China is putting a limit on movie star pay. Actors getting high salaries is bad for society. Actors try to avoid tax. The government wants to stop "money worship". It said money is not the most important thing in life. Many young people are "blindly chasing celebrities" and turning them into heroes. This gives people a false idea about what real life is like. The government said movies should help society, not movie stars.



The government made rules for movie companies. Actors' salaries will be less than 40 per cent of the cost of the movie. Leading actors will get less than 70 per cent of the total wages for all actors. Chinese people support this. They say "greedy" actors show off their wealth and "Hollywood lifestyles". One person wrote: "Society has given them too much and they give nothing back. They do not teach young people about the...importance of community in China."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Film Star Pay - Level 0 Film Star Pay - Level 2   or  Film Star Pay - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-44641582
  • https://www.screendaily.com/news/china-caps-actors-pay-following-fan-bingbing-controversy/5130511.article
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/28/china-caps-film-star-pay-citing-money-worship-and-fake-contracts


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Actors try to
  2. The government wants to stop
  3. Many young
  4. blindly chasing
  5. turning them
  6. This gives people
  7. what real life
  8. movies should help
  1. a false idea
  2. people
  3. society
  4. "money worship"
  5. is like
  6. celebrities
  7. into heroes
  8. avoid tax

Paragraph 2

  1. The government made
  2. movie
  3. Actors' salaries will be
  4. Chinese people
  5. "greedy" actors show
  6. Society has given them
  7. They do not teach
  8. the importance
  1. support this
  2. less than 40 per cent
  3. young people
  4. off their wealth
  5. rules
  6. of community
  7. companies
  8. too much

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

China is putting a limit on (1) ___________________. Actors getting high salaries is bad for society. Actors (2) ___________________ tax. The government wants to stop "money worship". It said money is not the (3) ___________________ in life. Many young people are "blindly chasing celebrities" and turning (4) ___________________. This gives people (5) ___________________ about what real life is like. The government said movies (6) ___________________, not movie stars.

The government (7) ___________________ movie companies. Actors' salaries will be less than 40 per cent of the cost of the movie. Leading (8) ___________________ less than 70 per cent of the (9) ___________________ all actors. Chinese people support this. They say "greedy" actors (10) ___________________ wealth and "Hollywood lifestyles". One person wrote: "Society has given them too much and they (11) ___________________. They do not teach young people about the...importance (12) ___________________ China."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Chinaisputtingalimitonmoviestarpay.Actorsgettinghighsalariesisba
dforsociety.Actorstrytoavoidtax.Thegovernmentwantstostop"mone
yworship".Itsaidmoneyisnotthemostimportantthinginlife.Manyyou
ngpeopleare"blindlychasingcelebrities"andturningthemintoheroes.
Thisgivespeopleafalseideaaboutwhatreallifeislike.Thegovernments
aidmoviesshouldhelpsociety,notmoviestars.Thegovernmentmader
ulesformoviecompanies.Actors'salarieswillbelessthan40percentoft
hecostofthemovie.Leadingactorswillgetlessthan70percentofthetota
lwagesforallactors.Chinesepeoplesupportthis.Theysay"greedy"acto
rsshowofftheirwealthand"Hollywoodlifestyles".Onepersonwrote:"S
ocietyhasgiventhemtoomuchandtheygivenothingback.Theydonotte
achyoungpeopleaboutthe...importanceofcommunityinChina."

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.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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

(a) ________________

(b) ________________

(c) ________________

(d) ________________

(e) ________________

(f) ________________

(g) ________________

(h) ________________

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

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on 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