The Reading / Listening - Film Star Pay - Level 3

The Chinese government is putting a limit on how much pay its movie stars get. The government says that actors getting very high salaries is bad for society. Authorities say a lot of actors try to avoid paying tax and their love of money is harmful. Government officials said they want to stop "money worship" in society and in the movie industry because money is not the most important thing in life. The government also wants to try and stop a celebrity culture from developing. It says many young people are "blindly chasing celebrities" and turning them into heroes, which is giving people a false idea about what life is really like. The government said movies should benefit society, not movie star bank accounts.



The government has issued a set of rules that tell movie production companies how to pay their movie stars. The salaries of actors will be capped at 40 per cent of the total cost of the movie. Furthermore, leading actors will receive no more than 70 per cent of the total wages for the entire cast. Many Chinese citizens said they support the new rules. They say it is not good for society that "greedy" actors and celebrities are "showing off" their wealth and "Hollywood lifestyles". One Chinese citizen wrote on social media: "Society has given them too much and they give nothing back. They do not teach young people about the value and importance of humility and community in China."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Film Star Pay - Level 0 Film Star Pay - Level 1   or  Film Star Pay - Level 2

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. FILM STAR PAY: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about film star pay. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       government / movie stars / society / tax / society / money / celebrity / celebrities /
       rules / salaries / actors / cast / greedy / citizen / nothing / young people / community
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. PAY: Students A strongly believe movie stars should not get paid millions; Students B strongly believe they should.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. MOVIE STAR: What would it be like to be a movie star? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good Things

Bad Things

Money

 

 

Shopping

 

 

Work

 

 

Holidays

 

 

Friends

 

 

Internet

 

 

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5. ACTORS: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "actors". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. SALARIES: Rank these with your partner. Put the people who deserve the biggest salaries at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • soldiers
  • astronauts
  • nurses
  • rock stars
  • movie stars
  • presidents
  • teachers
  • scientists

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. limit a. Keep away from or stop oneself from doing something.
      2. society b. An advantage or good thing you get from something.
      3. authorities c. A point or level that nothing can go above.
      4. avoid d. The people or organizations that have power or control, usually in government.
      5. worship e. All of the people living together in a country, town or community.
      6. industry f. To greatly love a person or idea.
      7. benefit g. All of the companies and businesses in one area of activity (e.g. cars, tourism, fishing, farming, IT, movies...).

    Paragraph 2

      8. issued h. Put a limit on something to stop it from going higher.
      9. capped i. In addition.
      10. furthermore j. Wanting too much of everything.
      11. entire k. Gave something to someone or to many people.
      12. cast l. A group of people living in the same place or having something similar in common.
      13. greedy m. The actors in a play, film, or other production.
      14. community n. With no part left out; whole.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. China said high salaries for movie stars is bad for society.     T / F
  2. The government wants to stop what it called "money worship".     T / F
  3. China's government said money is the most important thing in life.     T / F
  4. The government said movies should benefit society, not actors.     T / F
  5. Actors' salaries will be capped at 40% of the total cost of the movie.     T / F
  6. Many Chinese people agreed with the new salary rules.     T / F
  7. People say movie stars should not follow a "Hollywood lifestyle".     T / F
  8. A social media user said actors give nothing back to society.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. limit
  2. avoid
  3. developing
  4. chasing
  5. benefit
  6. issued
  7. capped
  8. entire
  9. wealth
  10. value
  1. growing
  2. worth
  3. following
  4. whole
  5. dodge
  6. put a limit on
  7. riches
  8. restrict
  9. be good for
  10. released

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. try to avoid paying
  2. in the movie
  3. blindly chasing
  4. a false idea about what life
  5. The government said movies should
  6. The government has issued
  7. salaries of actors will be capped
  8. greedy
  9. they give
  10. the value and importance
  1. celebrities
  2. actors
  3. a set of rules
  4. tax
  5. of humility
  6. is really like
  7. industry
  8. nothing back
  9. benefit society
  10. at 40 per cent

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
love
false
life
limit
accounts
society
chasing
industry

The Chinese government is putting a (1) ____________ on how much pay its movie stars get. The government says that actors getting very high salaries is bad for (2) ____________. Authorities say a lot of actors try to avoid paying tax and their (3) ____________ of money is harmful. Government officials said they want to stop "money worship" in society and in the movie (4) ____________ because money is not the most important thing in (5) ____________. The government also wants to try and stop a celebrity culture from developing. It says many young people are "blindly (6) ____________ celebrities" and turning them into heroes, which is giving people a (7) ____________ idea about what life is really like. The government said movies should benefit society, not movie star bank (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
support
nothing
capped
community
greedy
rules
entire
lifestyles

The government has issued a set of (9) ____________ that tell movie production companies how to pay their movie stars. The salaries of actors will be (10) ____________ at 40 per cent of the total cost of the movie. Furthermore, leading actors will receive no more than 70 per cent of the total wages for the (11) ____________ cast. Many Chinese citizens said they (12) ____________ the new rules. They say it is not good for society that "(13) ____________" actors and celebrities are "showing off" their wealth and "Hollywood (14) ____________ ". One Chinese citizen wrote on social media: "Society has given them too much and they give (15) ____________ back. They do not teach young people about the value and importance of humility and (16) ____________ in China."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The Chinese government is putting a limit on how much pay its ______
     a.  movie star get
     b.  movie stars gets
     c.  moving stars get
     d.  movie stars get
2)  The government says that actors getting very high salaries ______ society
     a.  is badly for
     b.  is bad for
     c.  is bad fourly
     d.  is bad fore
3)  Authorities say a lot of actors try to ______
     a.  avoidance paying tax
     b.  avoid paying tax
     c.  avoids paying tax
     d.  a void paying tax
4)  It says many young people are blindly ______
     a.  chase in celebrities
     b.  chasing in celebrities
     c.  chasing celebrities
     d.  chasing celebrity
5)  The government said movies should benefit society, not movie star ______
     a.  bank accounts
     b.  banks accounts
     c.  banked a counts
     d.  bank a counts

6)  The salaries of actors will be capped at 40 per cent of the total ______ movie
     a.  costly of the
     b.  cost of the
     c.  costed of the
     d.  costs of the
7)  actors will receive no more than 70 per cent of the total wages for ______
     a.  the entire cast
     b.  the entirely cast
     c.  the entirety cast
     d.  the in tyre cast
8)  it is not good for society that greedy actors and celebrities are showing ______
     a.  off their wealthy
     b.  off their wealth
     c.  off them wealth
     d.  off them wealthy
9)  Society has given them too much and they ______
     a.  give nothing pack
     b.  give nothing black
     c.  give nothing back
     d.  give nothing hack
10)  teach young people about the value and importance ______ community
     a.  of who meal a tea and
     b.  of humility and
     c.  of hue mill a tea and
     d.  of hue matey and

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Chinese government is (1) ___________________ on how much pay its movie stars get. The government says that actors getting very high salaries is (2) ___________________. Authorities say a lot of actors try to avoid paying tax and their love of money is harmful. Government officials said they want to (3) ___________________ in society and in the movie industry because money is not the most important thing in life. The government also wants to try and stop (4) ___________________ from developing. It says many young people are "blindly chasing celebrities" and turning them into heroes, which is giving people (5) ___________________ about what life is really like. The government said movies should benefit society, not movie (6) ___________________.

The government has (7) ___________________ of rules that tell movie production companies how to pay their movie stars. The salaries of actors will be capped at 40 per cent of the (8) ___________________ the movie. Furthermore, leading actors will receive no more than 70 per cent of the total wages for (9) ___________________. Many Chinese citizens said they support the new rules. They say it is not good for society that "greedy" actors and celebrities are (10) ___________________ wealth and "Hollywood lifestyles". One Chinese citizen wrote on social media: "Society has given them too much and they (11) ___________________. They do not teach young people about the (12) ___________________ of humility and community in China."

Comprehension questions

  1. What did the government say high salaries are bad for?
  2. What did the government say actors avoid?
  3. What does the government want to stop the worship of?
  4. What does the government want to stop people chasing?
  5. What did the government say movies should benefit?
  6. What's the most companies will be able to pay actors?
  7. What's the most leading actors will be able to get from total wages?
  8. What kind of lifestyles are actors showing off?
  9. What did someone on social media say actors gave back to society?
  10. What did a social media user say should teach the value of humility?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What did the government say high salaries are bad for?
a) actors
b) society
c) government
d) movies
2) What did the government say actors avoid?
a) people
b) Hollywood
c) other actors
d) tax
3) What does the government want to stop the worship of?
a) gods
b) actors
c) money
d) movie producers
4) What does the government want to stop people chasing?
a) celebrities
b) dreams
c) each other
d) cars
5) What did the government say movies should benefit?
a) humankind
b) society
c) Hollywood
d) tax

6) What's the most companies will be able to pay actors?
a) 40% of the movie's cost
b) 45% of the movie's cost
c) 44% of the movie's cost
d) 14% of the movie's cost
7) What's the most leading actors will be able to get from total wages?
a) 50%
b) 60%
c) 70%
d) 40%
8) What kind of lifestyles are actors showing off?
a) Hollywood
b) healthy
c) modern
d) Beijing
9) What did someone on social media say actors gave back to society?
a) pleasure
b) culture
c) tax
d) nothing
10) What did a social media user say should teach the value of humility?
a) newspapers
b) the president
c) actors and celebrities
d) schools

Role play

Role  A – Movie Stars
You think movie stars should get the highest salary. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their people getting the highest salary. Also, tell the others which is the least deserving of these (and why): English teachers, soldiers or presidents.

Role  B – English Teachers
You think English teachers should get the highest salary. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their people getting the highest salary. Also, tell the others which is the least deserving of these (and why): movie stars, soldiers or presidents.

Role  C – Soldiers
You think soldiers should get the highest salary. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their people getting the highest salary. Also, tell the others which is the least deserving of these (and why): English teachers, movie stars or presidents.

Role  D – Presidents
You think presidents should get the highest salary. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their people getting the highest salary. Also, tell the others which is the least deserving of these (and why): English teachers, soldiers or movie stars.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'film'

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  • and 'star'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • set
    • 40
    • 70
    • good
    • nothing
    • value
    • limit
    • love
    • most
    • developing
    • turning
    • really




    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 - China limits pay for movie stars

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'movie'?
    3. What do you think of movie stars?
    4. Why should movie stars get big salaries?
    5. Should there be a limit on all salaries?
    6. Who should get more money, an actor or a nurse?
    7. What do you think of movie stars who do not pay tax?
    8. Is a love of money bad?
    9. Why do people love celebrities?
    10. Should movies do more to teach people values?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'actor'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Who is your favourite actor, and why?
    5. Do you prefer male or female actors?
    6. Would you be a good movie star?
    7. Will the new rules help or harm the movie industry?
    8. What is wrong with celebrities showing off a Hollywood lifestyle?
    9. What do you think of the movies from your country?
    10. What questions would you like to ask movie stars?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The Chinese government is (1) ____ a limit on how much pay its movie stars get. The government says that actors (2) ____ very high salaries is bad for society. Authorities say a lot of actors try to (3) ____ paying tax and their love of money is harmful. Government officials said they want to stop "money worship" in society and in the movie industry because money is not the most important (4) ____ in life. The government also wants to try and stop a celebrity culture (5) ____ developing. It says many young people are "blindly chasing celebrities" and turning them into heroes, which is giving people a (6) ____ idea about what life is really like. The government said movies should benefit society, not movie star bank accounts.

    The government has issued a (7) ____ of rules that tell movie production companies how to pay their movie stars. The salaries of actors will be (8) ____ at 40 per cent of the total cost of the movie. Furthermore, leading actors will receive no more than 70 per cent of the total wages for the (9) ____ cast. Many Chinese citizens said they support the new rules. They say it is not good for society that "greedy" actors and celebrities are "showing (10) ____" their wealth and "Hollywood lifestyles". One Chinese citizen wrote on social media: "Society has given them too much and they give nothing (11) ____. They do not teach young people about the value and importance (12) ____ humility and community in China."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     put     (b)     puts     (c)     putting     (d)     putter    
    2. (a)     get     (b)     getting     (c)     gets     (d)     go-getter    
    3. (a)     avail     (b)     avid     (c)     void     (d)     avoid    
    4. (a)     item     (b)     thing     (c)     stuff     (d)     object    
    5. (a)     for     (b)     of     (c)     from     (d)     off    
    6. (a)     two-timing     (b)     fraud     (c)     incorrect     (d)     false    
    7. (a)     agenda     (b)     table     (c)     set     (d)     whole    
    8. (a)     capped     (b)     hatted     (c)     lidded     (d)     corked    
    9. (a)     entry     (b)     entire     (c)     entail     (d)     entity    
    10. (a)     across     (b)     over     (c)     on     (d)     off    
    11. (a)     on     (b)     over     (c)     forward     (d)     back    
    12. (a)     to     (b)     by     (c)     of     (d)     as

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. Government cfiasoilf
    3. in the movie tdnrisyu
    4. stop a yelercitb culture
    5. movies should ienetbf society
    6. movie star bank aoctcsun

    Paragraph 2

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    4. Hollywood lyeessltfi
    5. One Chinese ntziice
    6. tuhilyim and community

    Put the text back together

    (...)  The government has issued a set of rules that tell movie production companies how to
    (...)  high salaries is bad for society. Authorities say a lot of actors try to avoid paying
    (...)  like. The government said movies should benefit society, not movie star bank accounts.
    (...)  society and in the movie industry because money is not the most important thing in life. The government also wants to
    (...)  cast. Many Chinese citizens said they support the new rules. They say it is not good for society that "greedy"
    (...)  celebrities" and turning them into heroes, which is giving people a false idea about what life is really
    (...)  tax and their love of money is harmful. Government officials said they want to stop "money worship" in
    (...)  try and stop a celebrity culture from developing. It says many young people are "blindly chasing
    (...)  movie. Furthermore, leading actors will receive no more than 70 per cent of the total wages for the entire
    (...)  citizen wrote on social media:  "Society has given them too much and they give nothing
    1  ) The Chinese government is putting a limit on how much pay its movie stars get. The government says that actors getting very
    (...)  actors and celebrities are "showing off" their wealth and "Hollywood lifestyles". One Chinese
    (...)  back. They do not teach young people about the value and importance of humility and community in China."
    (...)  pay their movie stars. The salaries of actors will be capped at 40 per cent of the total cost of the

    Put the words in the right order

    1. getting   for   society   .   Actors   high   bad   is   salaries
    2. most   life   .   thing   the   isn't   Money   important   in
    3. are   It   says   blindly   celebrities   .   chasing   young   people
    4. about   A   like   .   what   false   is   life   idea
    5. government   said   The   benefit   movies   society   .   should
    6. government   of   a   issued   The   has   rules   .   set
    7. will   of   The   be   capped   .   actors   salaries
    8. citizens   said   the   new   they   Chinese   rules   .   support
    9. is   say   good   not   They   it   for   society   .
    10. the   teach   not   value   .   do   about   They   people

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The Chinese government is putting a limit in / on how much pay its movie stars get. The government says that actors getting very high salaries is bad for / from society. Authorities say a lot of actors tried / try to avoid paying tax and their love of money be / is harmful. Government officials said they want to stop "money worship" in society and in the movie industrial / industry because money is not the most important / importance thing in life. The government also wants to try / trying and stop a celebrity culture from developing. It says many young people are "blindly / blind chasing celebrities" and turning them into heroics / heroes, which is giving people a false idea about what life is really like. The government said movies should benefit / beneficial society, not movie star bank accounts.

    The government has issued a sets / set of rules that tell movie production companies how to paid / pay their movie stars. The salaries of actors will be mapped / capped at 40 per cent of the total cost of the movie. Addition / Furthermore, leading actors will receive no most / more than 70 per cent of the total wages for the entire cast. Many Chinese citizens said they support the new rules / rulers. They say it is not good for society that "greedy" actors and celebrities are "showing off / on" their wealth and "Hollywood lifestyles". One Chinese citizen wrote on social medium / media: "Society has given them too many / much and they give nothing back. They do not teach young people about the value and importance of humility and community in / on China."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the chinese government is putting a limit on how much pay its movie stars get the government says that actors getting very high salaries is bad for society authorities say a lot of actors try to avoid paying tax and their love of money is harmful government officials said they want to stop money worship in society and in the movie industry because money is not the most important thing in life the government also wants to try and stop a celebrity culture from developing it says many young people are blindly chasing celebrities and turning them into heroes which is giving people a false idea about what life is really like the government said movies should benefit society not movie star bank accounts

    the government has issued a set of rules that tell movie production companies how to pay their movie stars the salaries of actors will be capped at 40 per cent of the total cost of the movie furthermore leading actors will receive no more than 70 per cent of the total wages for the entire cast many chinese citizens said they support the new rules they say it is not good for society that greedy actors and celebrities are showing off their wealth and hollywood lifestyles one chinese citizen wrote on social media society has given them too much and they give nothing back they do not teach young people about the value and importance of humility and community in china"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    TheChinesegovernmentisputtingalimitonhowmuchpayitsmoviestar
    sget.Thegovernmentsaysthatactorsgettingveryhighsalariesisbadfo
    rsociety.Authoritiessayalotofactorstrytoavoidpayingtaxandtheirlov
    eofmoneyisharmful.Governmentofficialssaidtheywanttostop"mone
    yworship"insocietyandinthemovieindustrybecausemoneyisnotthem
    ostimportantthinginlife.Thegovernmentalsowantstotryandstopacel
    ebrityculturefromdeveloping.Itsaysmanyyoungpeopleare"blindlych
    asingcelebrities"andturningthemintoheroes,whichisgivingpeopleaf
    alseideaaboutwhatlifeisreallylike.Thegovernmentsaidmoviesshould
    benefitsociety,notmoviestarbankaccounts.Thegovernmenthasissue
    dasetofrulesthattellmovieproductioncompanieshowtopaytheirmovi
    estars.Thesalariesofactorswillbecappedat40percentofthetotalcosto
    fthemovie.Furthermore,leadingactorswillreceivenomorethan70per
    centofthetotalwagesfortheentirecast.ManyChinesecitizenssaidthey
    supportthenewrules.Theysayitisnotgoodforsocietythat"greedy"acto
    rsandcelebritiesare"showingoff"theirwealthand"Hollywoodlifestyles
    ".OneChinesecitizenwroteonsocialmedia:"Societyhasgiventhemtoo
    muchandtheygivenothingback.Theydonotteachyoungpeopleaboutt
    hevalueandimportanceofhumilityandcommunityinChina."

    Free writing

    Write about film star pay for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Movie stars should not get big salaries. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. FILM STAR PAY: Make a poster about film star pay. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. MOVIE STARS: Write a magazine article about movie stars always having to teach young people about good values. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on film star pay. Ask him/her three questions about film star pay. Give him/her three of your ideas. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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