The Reading / Listening - the Arts - Level 1

The UK will give nearly $2 billion to help the country's arts industry. The money will help theatres, concert halls, galleries, museums and other venues. It will help actors, writers, composers, make-up artists and support staff out of work because of the coronavirus. The money is, "the biggest ever one-off investment in UK culture". The cash is a, "lifeline to vital cultural...organisations...hit hard by the pandemic". It will help them while their doors are closed.



The UK is world famous for its arts. People everywhere know and love its cultural icons. They attract millions of tourists. The government said theatre, musicals, exhibitions and "gigs in local basement venues" make the cultural industry "the beating heart" of the UK. It added: "Our arts and culture are the soul of our nation. They make our country great and are the centre of our world-beating and fast growing creative industries."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    the Arts - Level 0 the Arts - Level 2   or  the Arts - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.gov.uk/government/news/157-billion-investment-to-protect-britains-world-class-cultural-arts-and-heritage-institutions
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/05/boris-johnson-uk-lifeline-arts-heritage-sector-afloat
  • https://metro.co.uk/2020/07/05/boris-unveils-1570000000-rescue-fund-theatres-museums-galleries-12949483/


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. help the country's arts
  2. museums and
  3. make-
  4. support
  5. out of work because of
  6. the biggest ever one-
  7. The cash is a
  8. hit hard by
  1. up artists
  2. the coronavirus
  3. the pandemic
  4. other venues
  5. lifeline
  6. staff
  7. industry
  8. off investment

Paragraph 2

  1. The UK is world
  2. cultural
  3. They attract millions
  4. gigs in local basement
  5. Our arts
  6. the soul of
  7. They make our country
  8. fast growing creative
  1. venues
  2. and culture
  3. industries
  4. great
  5. icons
  6. famous for its arts
  7. of tourists
  8. our nation

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UK (1) ___________________ $2 billion to help the country's arts industry. The (2) ___________________ theatres, concert halls, galleries, museums (3) __________________. It will help actors, writers, composers, make-up artists (4) ___________________ out of work because of the coronavirus. The money is, "the biggest ever one-off investment in UK culture". The (5) ___________________, "lifeline to vital cultural...organisations...hit hard by the pandemic". It will help them while their (6) ___________________.

The UK is world (7) ___________________ arts. People everywhere know and (8) ___________________ icons. They attract millions of tourists. The government said theatre, musicals, exhibitions and "gigs in (9) ___________________" make the cultural industry "(10) ___________________" of the UK. It added: "Our arts and culture are the soul (11) ___________________. They make our country great and are the centre of our world-beating (12) ___________________ creative industries."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUKwillgivenearly$2billiontohelpthecountry'sartsindustry.Them
oneywillhelptheatres,concerthalls,galleries,museumsandotherven
ues.Itwillhelpactors,writers,composers,make-upartistsandsupp
ortstaffoutofworkbecauseofthecoronavirus.Themoneyis,"thebigges
teverone-offinvestmentinUKculture".Thecashisa,"lifelinetovitalcu
ltural...organisations...hithardbythepandemic".Itwillhelpthemwhile
theirdoorsareclosed.TheUKisworldfamousforitsarts.Peopleeverywh
ereknowandloveitsculturalicons.Theyattractmillionsoftourists.Theg
overnmentsaidtheatre,musicals,exhibitionsand"gigsinlocalbaseme
ntvenues"maketheculturalindustry"thebeatingheart"oftheUK.Itadd
ed:"Ourartsandculturearethesoulofournation.Theymakeourcountry
greatandarethecentreofourworld-beatingandfastgrowingcreativein
dustries."

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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