The Reading / Listening - Sydney Opera House - Level 5

The public in Australia is angry over controversial plans to use the Sydney Opera House as a "billboard". Tens of thousands of people signed a petition to block plans to project an advertisement for the Everest Cup horse race onto the white sails of the Opera House. The race is the richest in the world. The decision to use the Opera House for the ad has the support of Australia's Prime Minister. He said: "It's not like they're painting it on there....It's lights flashing up there for a brief moment of time....I don't understand why we tie ourselves up in knots about these things."



The former chief of the Opera House said the decision to advertise on the world-famous landmark was "inappropriate and offensive". He said: "I find it extraordinary...politicians...have somehow decided that this is in the interests of Sydney...or Australia to corrupt the...art integrity of the building." The son of Peter Hall, the architect who helped complete the Opera House, said: "My father would have been sickened by it....He would not have condoned advertising on the building in any way. Lucky he's not around to see the desecration of our beautiful, iconic masterpiece."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Sydney Opera House - Level 4 or  Sydney Opera House - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/08/former-sydney-opera-house-boss-offensive-ad-horse-race
  • https://www.9news.com.au/2018/10/08/13/30/opera-house-sails-racing-everest-row
  • https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/media/major-protest-planned-against-plans-to-advertise-on-sydney-opera-house/news-story/5bb028bb1e27387b89bde144d02ed0de


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The public
  2. controversial
  3. thousands of people signed
  4. onto the white sails of
  5. the ad has the support of
  6. It's lights flashing
  7. for a brief
  8. we tie ourselves up
  1. moment of time
  2. in knots
  3. up there
  4. plans
  5. the Opera House
  6. in Australia is angry
  7. Australia's Prime Minister
  8. a petition

Paragraph 2

  1. The former chief
  2. the decision to
  3. I find it
  4. this is in the
  5. the architect who helped complete
  6. My father would have been
  7. He would not have condoned
  8. our beautiful, iconic
  1. interests of Sydney
  2. advertising
  3. the Opera House
  4. masterpiece
  5. advertise
  6. of the Opera House
  7. extraordinary
  8. sickened by it

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The public in Australia is angry over controversial (1) ___________________ the Sydney Opera House as a "billboard". Tens of thousands of people (2) ___________________ to block plans to project an advertisement for the Everest Cup horse race onto the (3) ___________________ the Opera House. The race is the richest in the world. The decision to use the Opera House for the ad (4) ___________________ of Australia's Prime Minister. He said: "It's not like they're painting it on there....It's (5) ___________________ there for a brief moment of time....I don't understand (6) ___________________ ourselves up in knots about these things."

The (7) ___________________ the Opera House said the decision to advertise on the world-famous landmark was "inappropriate and offensive". He said: "(8) ___________________ extraordinary...politicians...have somehow decided that this is (9) ___________________ of Sydney...or Australia to corrupt the...art integrity of the building." The son of Peter Hall, (10) ___________________ helped complete the Opera House, said: "My father would have (11) ___________________ it....He would not have condoned advertising on the building in any way. Lucky he's not around to see the desecration of (12) ___________________ masterpiece."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThepublicinAustraliaisangryovercontroversialplanstousetheSydney
OperaHouseasa"billboard".Tensofthousandsofpeoplesignedapetitio
ntoblockplanstoprojectanadvertisementfortheEverestCuphorserac
eontothewhitesailsoftheOperaHouse.Theraceistherichestintheworl
d.ThedecisiontousetheOperaHousefortheadhasthesupportofAustral
ia'sPrimeMinister.Hesaid:"It'snotlikethey'repaintingitonthere....It's
lightsflashingupthereforabriefmomentoftime....Idon'tunderstandw
hywetieourselvesupinknotsaboutthesethings."Theformerchiefofthe
OperaHousesaidthedecisiontoadvertiseontheworld-famouslandm
arkwas"inappropriateandoffensive".Hesaid:"Ifinditextraordinary...
politicians...havesomehowdecidedthatthisisintheinterestsofSydney
...orAustraliatocorruptthe...artintegrityofthebuilding."ThesonofPet
erHall,thearchitectwhohelpedcompletetheOperaHouse,said:"Myfat
herwouldhavebeensickenedbyit....Hewouldnothavecondonedadver
tisingonthebuildinginanyway.Luckyhe'snotaroundtoseethedesecrat
ionofourbeautiful,iconicmasterpiece."

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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(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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