The Reading / Listening - the Arts - Level 2

The UK government announced it will give nearly $2 billion to help the country's arts industry. The money will help theatres, concert halls, galleries, museums and other cultural venues. It will help people who have had a hard time during the coronavirus. These include actors, writers, composers, make-up artists and support staff. The government said the money is, "the biggest ever one-off investment in UK culture". It added that the cash is a, "lifeline to vital cultural and heritage organisations across the country 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 cultural icons like Shakespeare and The Beatles. Britain's theatres, museums and galleries attract millions of tourists. The government said: "From iconic theatre and musicals, exhibitions at our world-class galleries, to gigs in local basement venues, the UK's cultural industry is the beating heart of this country." 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." The money will protect the future of the arts.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    the Arts - Level 0 the Arts - Level 1   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/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. help the country's arts
  2. cultural
  3. people who have had a hard
  4. make-up
  5. the biggest ever one-
  6. the cash is a
  7. across the country hit
  8. help them while their
  1. lifeline
  2. industry
  3. doors are closed
  4. venues
  5. hard by the pandemic
  6. artists
  7. off investment
  8. time

Paragraph 2

  1. know and love cultural
  2. galleries attract
  3. exhibitions at our world-
  4. the beating
  5. arts and culture are the soul
  6. They make our country
  7. fast growing
  8. protect the future
  1. creative industries
  2. class galleries
  3. of the arts
  4. of our nation
  5. millions of tourists
  6. heart of this country
  7. great
  8. icons

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UK government announced it (1) ___________________ $2 billion to help the (2) ___________________. The money will help theatres, concert halls, galleries, museums and (3) ___________________. It will help people who have had a (4) ___________________ the coronavirus. These include actors, writers, composers, make-up artists and support staff. The government said the money is, "the biggest ever (5) ___________________ in UK culture". It added that the cash is a, "lifeline (6) ___________________ and heritage organisations across the country hit hard by the pandemic". It will help them while their doors are closed.

The UK is (7) ___________________ its arts. People everywhere know and (8) ___________________ like Shakespeare and The Beatles. Britain's theatres, museums and galleries attract millions of tourists. The government said: "From iconic theatre and musicals, (9) ___________________ world-class galleries, to gigs in local basement venues, the UK's cultural industry is (10) ___________________ of this country." It added: "Our arts and culture are (11) ___________________ our nation. They make our country great and are the centre of our world-beating and fast growing creative industries." The money will (12) ___________________ of the arts.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUKgovernmentannounceditwillgivenearly$2billiontohelpthecou
ntry'sartsindustry.Themoneywillhelptheatres,concerthalls,galleries
,museumsandotherculturalvenues.Itwillhelppeoplewhohavehadah
ardtimeduringthecoronavirus.Theseincludeactors,writers,compose
rs,make-upartistsandsupportstaff.Thegovernmentsaidthemoneyi
s,"thebiggesteverone-offinvestmentinUKculture".Itaddedthatthec
ashisa,"lifelinetovitalculturalandheritageorganisationsacrosstheco
untryhithardbythepandemic".Itwillhelpthemwhiletheirdoorsareclos
ed.TheUKisworldfamousforitsarts.Peopleeverywhereknowandlovec
ulturaliconslikeShakespeareandTheBeatles.Britain'stheatres,muse
umsandgalleriesattractmillionsoftourists.Thegovernmentsaid:"Fro
miconictheatreandmusicals,exhibitionsatourworld-classgalleries,
togigsinlocalbasementvenues,theUK'sculturalindustryisthebeating
heartofthiscountry."Itadded:"Ourartsandculturearethesoulofourna
tion.Theymakeourcountrygreatandarethecentreofourworld-beati
ngandfastgrowingcreativeindustries."Themoneywillprotectthefutur
eofthearts.

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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