The Reading / Listening - Film Star Pay - Level 2

China is putting a limit on movie star pay. It says that actors getting high salaries is bad for society. Actors try to avoid paying tax. Their love of money is harmful. The government wants to stop "money worship" in the movie industry. It said money is not the most important thing in life. The government said many young people are "blindly chasing celebrities" and turning them into heroes. This is giving people a false idea about what life is really like. The government said movies should help society, not pay for big movie star salaries.



The government made a set of rules for movie production companies. The salaries of actors will be capped at 40 per cent of the cost of the movie. Leading actors will get no more than 70 per cent of the total wages for all the actors. Chinese people support the rules. They say "greedy" actors and celebrities are "showing off" their wealth and "Hollywood lifestyles". One person wrote on social media: "Society has given them too much and they give nothing back. They do not teach young people about the...importance of humility and community in China."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Film Star Pay - Level 0 Film Star Pay - Level 1   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 avoid
  2. money is not the most important
  3. young people are blindly
  4. turning them
  5. giving people a false
  6. what life is
  7. The government said movies
  8. pay for big movie star
  1. should help society
  2. into heroes
  3. salaries
  4. paying tax
  5. really like
  6. chasing celebrities
  7. thing in life
  8. idea

Paragraph 2

  1. movie production
  2. the cost
  3. no more than
  4. Chinese people
  5. greedy
  6. showing off their wealth and
  7. Society has given them
  8. the importance
  1. Hollywood lifestyles
  2. too much
  3. of the movie
  4. of humility
  5. 70 per cent
  6. companies
  7. actors
  8. support the rules

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

China is (1) ___________________ on movie star pay. It says that actors getting high salaries (2) ___________________ society. Actors try to avoid paying tax. Their love of money is harmful. The government wants to (3) ___________________ in the movie industry. It said money is not the most (4) ___________________ life. The government said many young people are "blindly chasing celebrities" and (5) ___________________ heroes. This is giving people a false idea about what life is really like. The government said movies (6) ___________________, not pay for big movie star salaries.

The government made a (7) ___________________ for movie production companies. The salaries of actors (8) ___________________ at 40 per cent of the cost of the movie. Leading actors will get no more than 70 per cent of the total wages for (9) ___________________. Chinese people support the rules. They say "greedy" (10) ___________________ are "showing off" their wealth and "Hollywood lifestyles". One person wrote on social media: "Society has given (11) ___________________ and they give nothing back. They do not teach young people about the...importance of (12) ___________________ in China."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Chinaisputtingalimitonmoviestarpay.Itsaysthatactorsgettinghighsa
lariesisbadforsociety.Actorstrytoavoidpayingtax.Theirloveofmoneyi
sharmful.Thegovernmentwantstostop"moneyworship"inthemoviei
ndustry.Itsaidmoneyisnotthemostimportantthinginlife.Thegovern
mentsaidmanyyoungpeopleare"blindlychasingcelebrities"andturnin
gthemintoheroes.Thisisgivingpeopleafalseideaaboutwhatlifeisreall
ylike.Thegovernmentsaidmoviesshouldhelpsociety,notpayforbigmo
viestarsalaries.Thegovernmentmadeasetofrulesformovieproductio
ncompanies.Thesalariesofactorswillbecappedat40percentofthecost
ofthemovie.Leadingactorswillgetnomorethan70percentofthetotalw
agesforalltheactors.Chinesepeoplesupporttherules.Theysay"greed
y"actorsandcelebritiesare"showingoff"theirwealthand"Hollywoodlif
estyles".Onepersonwroteonsocialmedia:"Societyhasgiventhemtoo
muchandtheygivenothingback.Theydonotteachyoungpeopleaboutt
he...importanceofhumilityandcommunityinChina."

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)

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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