The Reading / Listening - Brad Pitt - Level 6

Hollywood heart-throb Brad Pitt has revealed he suffers from facial blindness. This is a neurological disorder that causes people to find it difficult to recognize people's faces. In more serious cases, sufferers can draw a blank when seeing the face of a family member or even one's own face. The condition is called prosopagnosia. It is a little-known ailment that afflicts about 1 in 40 people. It often triggers anxiety as people feel embarrassed in social situations when they struggle to remember who people are. Sufferers tend to avoid situations in which they will meet people, and as a result become withdrawn. In extreme cases, they will be reluctant to leave their home.

Brad Pitt, 58, says he has not been officially diagnosed with prosopagnosia. He first spoke about it in 2013. He said nobody believed him when he could not recall their name. He worried that people thought he was being "aloof, inaccessible and self-absorbed". He said: "People hate me because they think I'm disrespecting them." He said he has used many strategies to get around his lack of recall. He asked acquaintances where he had met them before, but said that made the situation worse. He explained: "People were more offended.…You get this thing, like, 'You're being egotistical. You're being conceited.'" He hopes speaking about facial blindness will raise awareness of it.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Brad Pitt - Level 4  or  Brad Pitt - Level 5

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2022/07/07/entertainment/brad-pitt-facial-blindness/index.html
  • https://metro.co.uk/2022/07/07/inside-brad-pitts-years-long-battle-with-face-blindness-16957863/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosopagnosia


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

Warm-ups

1. PEOPLE'S FACES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about people's faces. 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?
       Hollywood / heart-throb / facial blindness / faces / blank / ailment / anxiety / reluctant
       officially / worried / aloof / hate / strategies / lack / recall / acquaintances / awareness
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. FAMOUS PEOPLE: Students A strongly believe famous people should speak about their health problems more to raise awareness; Students B strongly believe that isn't necessary. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. FORGETTING: How often do you forget these things? Why? What can you do to help you remember? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How Often?

Why?

What You Do?

Names

 

 

 

Birthdays

 

 

 

Appointments

 

 

 

Homework

 

 

 

English words

 

 

 

Passwords

 

 

 

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5. HOLLYWOOD: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "Hollywood". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. WORST THINGS TO FORGET: Rank these with your partner. Put the worst at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • People's names
  • Where you put your phone
  • English words
  • Appointments
  • Homework
  • Birthdays
  • What day it is
  • Passwords

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. heart-throb a. An illness that disrupts normal physical or mental functions.
      2. neurological b. A man, usually a celebrity, whose good looks excite romantic feelings in other people.
      3. disorder c. Fail to think of something.
      4. draw a blank d. Caused pain or trouble to; affect adversely.
      5. afflict e. Relating to the anatomy, functions, and disorders of the brain, nerves and the nervous system.
      6. withdrawn f. Unwilling and hesitant.
      7. reluctant g. Not wanting to communicate with other people.

    Paragraph 2

      8. diagnosed h. Not friendly; cold and distant.
      9. aloof i. Angry because you think someone insulted you.
      10. self-absorbed j. Found out the nature of an illness or other problem by examining the symptoms.
      11. acquaintances k. Only thinking about one's own feelings , interests, or situation.
      12. offended l. Really, really absorbed in oneself; very self-centred.
      13. egotistical m. People you know slightly, but who are not close friends.
      14. conceited n. Excessively proud of oneself; vain.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Brad Pitt has revealed he's going blind.     T / F
  2. People with facial blindness find it difficult to draw.     T / F
  3. About one in forty people suffer from facial blindness.     T / F
  4. People who have facial blindness never leave their house.     T / F
  5. Brad Pitt was diagnosed with facial blindness last week.     T / F
  6. Brad Pitt worries that people think he's being aloof.     T / F
  7. Brad Pitt has tried many things to put names to faces.     T / F
  8. Brad Pitt hopes that he can raise awareness of prosopagnosia.     T / F

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

  1. revealed
  2. disorder
  3. anxiety
  4. struggle
  5. reluctant
  6. aloof
  7. strategies
  8. acquaintances
  9. offended
  10. awareness
  1. unfriendly
  2. apprehension
  3. upset
  4. disclosed
  5. approaches
  6. contacts
  7. hesitant
  8. disease
  9. consciousness
  10. stumble

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

  1. This is a neurological
  2. sufferers can draw a
  3. It often triggers
  4. Sufferers tend to
  5. they will be reluctant
  6. Brad Pitt, 58, says he has not been
  7. people thought he
  8. He asked
  9. that made the situation
  10. raise awareness
  1. was being aloof
  2. to leave their home
  3. of it
  4. officially diagnosed
  5. disorder
  6. acquaintances
  7. avoid situations
  8. worse
  9. anxiety
  10. blank

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
triggers
revealed
reluctant
blank
situations
condition
recognize
struggle

Hollywood heart-throb Brad Pitt has (1) _____________________ he suffers from facial blindness. This is a neurological disorder that causes people to find it difficult to (2) _____________________ people's faces. In more serious cases, sufferers can draw a (3) _____________________ when seeing the face of a family member or even one's own face. The (4) _____________________ is called prosopagnosia. It is a little-known ailment that afflicts about 1 in 40 people. It often (5) _____________________ anxiety as people feel embarrassed in social situations when they (6) _____________________ to remember who people are. Sufferers tend to avoid (7) _____________________ in which they will meet people, and as a result become withdrawn. In extreme cases, they will be (8) _____________________ to leave their home.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
lack
recall
raise
officially
acquaintances
disrespecting
egotistical
aloof

Brad Pitt, 58, says he has not been (9) _____________________ diagnosed with prosopagnosia. He first spoke about it in 2013. He said nobody believed him when he could not (10) _____________________ their name. He worried that people thought he was being "(11) _____________________, inaccessible and self-absorbed". He said: "People hate me because they think I'm (12) _____________________ them." He said he has used many strategies to get around his (13) _____________________ of recall. He asked (14) _____________________ where he had met them before, but said that made the situation worse. He explained: "People were more offended....You get this thing, like, 'You're being (15) _____________________. You're being conceited.'" He hopes speaking about facial blindness will (16) _____________________ awareness of it.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Hollywood heart-throb Brad Pitt has revealed he ______ blindness
     a.  suffer from facial
     b.  surfers from facial
     c.  suffers from facial
     d.  suffices from facial
2)  In more serious cases, sufferers can ______
     a.  draw a plank
     b.  draw a blank
     c.  draw a black
     d.  draw a bloke
3)  when seeing the face of a family member or even ______
     a.  one's sown face
     b.  one's sewn face
     c.  one's zone face
     d.  one's own face
4)  It is a little-known ailment that afflicts about 1 in 40 people. It ______
     a.  often triggers anxious
     b.  often triggers and city
     c.  often trigger Zen city
     d.  often triggers anxiety
5)  avoid situations in which they will meet people, and as a ______
     a.  result become withdrawn
     b.  results become withdrawn
     c.  result becomes withdrawn
     d.  results becomes withdrawn

6)  He said nobody believed him when he could not ______
     a.  decal their name
     b.  reek call their name
     c.  rake call their name
     d.  recall their name
7)  He worried that people thought he was being aloof, inaccessible ______
     a.  and self-absorbent
     b.  and self-absorb
     c.  and self-absorbed
     d.  and self-absolved
8)  He said he has used many strategies to get around his ______
     a.  lack off recall
     b.  lack of recall
     c.  slack of recall
     d.  luck of recall
9) asked acquaintances where he had met them before, but said that made ______
     a.  the situate shun worse
     b.  the situ action worse
     c.  the situ way shun worse
     d.  the situation worse
10)  You get this thing, like, 'You're being egotistical. ______'
     a.  You're being conceit it
     b.  You're being conceited
     c.  You're being con seated
     d.  You're been conceited

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Hollywood heart-throb Brad Pitt has (1) ____________________ from facial blindness. This is a neurological disorder that causes people to find it difficult to recognize people's faces. In more serious cases, (2) ____________________ a blank when seeing the face of a family member or even one's own face. The condition is called prosopagnosia. It is a little-known (3) ____________________ about 1 in 40 people. It often triggers anxiety as people feel embarrassed in social situations when (4) ____________________ remember who people are. Sufferers tend to avoid situations in which they will meet people, and as a result become withdrawn. (5) ____________________, they will be (6) ____________________ their home.

Brad Pitt, 58, says he has not been (7) ____________________ prosopagnosia. He first spoke about it in 2013. He said nobody believed him when he could not (8) ____________________. He worried that people thought he was being "aloof, inaccessible and self-absorbed". He said: "People hate me because they think (9) ____________________." He said he has used many strategies to get around his (10) ____________________. He asked acquaintances where he had met them before, but said that made the situation worse. He explained: "People (11) ___________________....You get this thing, like, 'You're being egotistical. You're being conceited.'" He hopes speaking about facial blindness will (12) ____________________ it.

Comprehension questions

  1. What does the article describe Brad Pitt as being?
  2. What can sufferers draw if they have facial blindness?
  3. How many people have facial blindness?
  4. What can facial blindness trigger?
  5. What are some sufferers reluctant to leave?
  6. When did Brad Pitt first talk about facial blindness?
  7. What did Brad Pitt use to get around his lack of recall?
  8. Who did Brad Pitt ask where they had met before?
  9. How did people feel when Brad Pitt could not remember their name?
  10. What does Brad Pitt hope to do by speaking about facial awareness?

Multiple choice quiz

1)  What does the article describe Brad Pitt as being?
a) a trendsetter
b) a Hollywood heart-throb
c) Hollywood's best actor
d) a superstar
2) What can sufferers draw if they have facial blindness?
a) silhouettes
b) faces
c) hair
d) a blank
3) How many people have facial blindness?
a) 1 in 80
b) 1 in 60
c) 1 in 40
d) 1 in 50
4) What can facial blindness trigger?
a) anxiety
b) forgetfulness
c) loneliness
d) thought
5) What are some sufferers reluctant to leave?
a) their names
b) their home
c) their identity
d) their glasses

6) When did Brad Pitt first talk about facial blindness?
a) in 2013
b) in 2018
c) in 2020
d) 2021
7) What did Brad Pitt use to get around his lack of recall?
a) his smartphone
b) an app
c) many strategies
d) an address book
8) Who did Brad Pitt ask where they had met before?
a) acquaintances
b) the USA President
c) his wife
d) his best friend
9) How did people feel when Brad Pitt could not remember their name?
a) sad
b) sympathetic
c) shocked
d) offended
10) What does Brad Pitt hope to do by speaking about facial awareness?
a) overcome the condition
b) keep his friends
c) raise awareness
d) get more friends

Role play

Role  A – People's Names
You think people's names are the worst things to forget. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least damaging of these (and why): passwords, where you put your phone or English words.

Role  B – Passwords
You think passwords are the worst things to forget. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least damaging of these (and why): people's names, where you put your phone or English words.

Role  C – Where You Put Your Phone
You think where you put your phone is the worst thing to forget. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least damaging of these (and why): passwords, people's names or English words.

Role  D – English Words
You think English words are the worst things to forget. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least damaging of these (and why): passwords, where you put your phone or people's names.

After reading / listening

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

'face'

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  • and 'blindness'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • heart-throb
    • blank
    • own
    • little
    • struggle
    • leave
    • officially
    • first
    • hate
    • lack
    • offended
    • raise

    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 - Brad Pitt

    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 'face'?
    3. What do you know about Brad Pitt?
    4. What do you know about facial blindness?
    5. Are you good at remembering people's faces?
    6. Are you good at remembering facts?
    7. When was the last time you forgot someone's name?
    8. Do you ever feel embarrassed in social situations?
    9. Do you ever avoid social situations?
    10. What advice do you have for Brad Pitt?

    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 'blindness'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think about Brad Pitt?
    5. Do you ever draw a blank?
    6. What do you do if you forget someone's name?
    7. How do you feel if someone forgets your name?
    8. Has anyone accused you of being aloof or egotistical?
    9. How can we raise awareness of facial blindness?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Brad Pitt?

    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)

    Hollywood heart-throb Brad Pitt has (1) ____ he suffers from facial blindness. This is a neurological disorder that causes people to (2) ____ it difficult to recognize people's faces. In more serious cases, sufferers can draw a (3) ____ when seeing the face of a family member or even one's own face. The condition is called prosopagnosia. It is a little-known (4) ____ that afflicts about 1 in 40 people. It often triggers anxiety as people feel embarrassed (5) ____ social situations when they struggle to remember who people are. Sufferers tend to avoid situations in which they will meet people, and as a result become withdrawn. (6) ____ extreme cases, they will be reluctant to leave their home.

    Brad Pitt, 58, says he has not been officially (7) ____ with prosopagnosia. He first spoke about it in 2013. He said nobody believed him when he could not recall their name. He worried that people thought he was being "(8) ____, inaccessible and self-absorbed". He said: "People hate me because they think I'm disrespecting them." He said he has used many strategies to get around his (9) ____ of recall. He asked acquaintances where he had met them before, but said that made the situation worse. He explained: "People were more (10) ____....You get this thing, like, 'You're being (11) ____. You're being conceited.'" He hopes speaking about facial blindness will (12) ____ awareness of it.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    (a)     levered     (b)     levelled     (c)     revelled     (d)     revealed    
    (a)     search     (b)     uncover     (c)     discover     (d)     find    
    (a)     blink     (b)     blank     (c)     bloke     (d)     black    
    (a)     condiment     (b)     compliment     (c)     ailment     (d)     complement    
    (a)     at     (b)     of     (c)     in     (d)     as    
    (a)     In     (b)     On     (c)     At     (d)     To    
    (a)     supposed     (b)     diagnosed     (c)     reposed     (d)     imposed    
    (a)     aloof     (b)     loafer     (c)     a laugh     (d)     affable    
    (a)     slack     (b)     lack     (c)     alas     (d)     last    
    (a)     offence     (b)     offensive     (c)     offended     (d)     upended    
    (a)     ego     (b)     ergo     (c)     egotistical     (d)     egalitarian    
    (a)     riser     (b)     rise     (c)     arise     (d)     raise

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    1  ) Hollywood heart-throb Brad Pitt has revealed he suffers from facial blindness. This is a neurological
    (...)  conceited.'" He hopes speaking about facial blindness will raise awareness of it.
    (...)  blank when seeing the face of a family member or even one's own face. The condition is called
    (...)  become withdrawn. In extreme cases, they will be reluctant to leave their home.
    (...)  are. Sufferers tend to avoid situations in which they will meet people, and as a result
    (...)  in 2013. He said nobody believed him when he could not recall their name. He worried that people thought he was being "aloof,
    (...)  strategies to get around his lack of recall. He asked acquaintances where he had met them
    (...)  as people feel embarrassed in social situations when they struggle to remember who people
    (...)  before, but said that made the situation worse. He explained: "People were more
    (...)  inaccessible and self-absorbed". He said: "People hate me because they think I'm disrespecting them." He said he has used many
    (...)  Brad Pitt, 58, says he has not been officially diagnosed with prosopagnosia. He first spoke about it
    (...)  prosopagnosia. It is a little-known ailment that afflicts about 1 in 40 people. It often triggers anxiety
    (...)  disorder that causes people to find it difficult to recognize people's faces. In more serious cases, sufferers can draw a
    (...)  offended....You get this thing, like, 'You're being egotistical. You're being

    Put the words in the right order

    1. people's   find   difficult   to   They   it   recognize   faces   .
    2. face   .   when   seeing   blank   Sufferers   draw   the   a
    3. often   people   triggers   embarrassed   .   It   as   anxiety   feel
    4. people   .   they'll   They   avoid   situations   meet   in   which
    5. to   They   leave   be   will   their   reluctant   home   .
    6. been   officially   with   He   prosopagnosia   .   has   diagnosed   not
    7. was   people   being   aloof   .   thought   worried   He   he
    8. to   Strategies   around   of   lack   his   recall   .   get
    9. them   .   he   met   He   asked   acquaintances   where   had
    10. Speaking   raises   blindness   of   about   awareness   it   .   facial

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Hollywood heart-throb Brad Pitt has revelled / revealed he suffers from facial blindness. This is a neurological disorder / disorderly that causes people to find it difficult to recognize people's faces. In more serious causes / cases, sufferers can sketch / draw a blank when seeing the face of a family member or ever / even one's own face. The condition is called prosopagnosia. It is a little-known ointment / ailment that afflicts about 1 in 40 people. It often triggers anxiety as / has people feel embarrassed in social situations when they struggle for / to remember who people are. Sufferers tend to / on avoid situations in which they will meet people, and as a result become withdrawn. In extreme cases, they will be / have reluctant to leave their home.

    Brad Pitt, 58, says he has not been / done officially diagnosed with prosopagnosia. He first spoke about it / them in 2013. He said nobody believed him when he could not retell / recall their name. He worried that people thought he was being "aloof, inaccessible and self-absorbed". He said: "People hate him / me because they think I'm disrespecting them / him." He said he has used many strategies to get around / up his lack of recall. He asked acquaintances where he had met them previous / before, but said that made the / a situation worse. He explained: "People were more defended / offended....You get this thing, like, 'You're being egotistical. You're being conceited.'" He hopes speaking about facial blindness will raise awareness of / on it.

    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

    hollywood heartthrob brad pitt has revealed he suffers from facial blindness this is a neurological disorder that causes people to find it difficult to recognize peoples faces in more serious cases sufferers can draw a blank when seeing the face of a family member or even ones own face the condition is called prosopagnosia it is a littleknown ailment that afflicts about 1 in 40 people it often triggers anxiety as people feel embarrassed in social situations when they struggle to remember who people are sufferers tend to avoid situations in which they will meet people and as a result become withdrawn in extreme cases they will be reluctant to leave their home

    brad pitt 58 says he has not been officially diagnosed with prosopagnosia he first spoke about it in 2013 he said nobody believed him when he could not recall their name he worried that people thought he was being aloof inaccessible and selfabsorbed he said people hate me because they think im disrespecting them he said he has used many strategies to get around his lack of recall he asked acquaintances where he had met them before but said that made the situation worse he explained people were more offendedyou get this thing like youre being egotistical youre being conceited he hopes speaking about facial blindness will raise awareness of it

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    Hollywoodheart-throbBradPitthasrevealedhesuffersfromfacialblind
    ness.Thisisaneurologicaldisorderthatcausespeopletofinditdifficultto
    recognizepeople'sfaces.Inmoreseriouscases,suffererscandrawabla
    nkwhenseeingthefaceofafamilymemberorevenone'sownface.Theco
    nditioniscalledprosopagnosia.Itisalittle-knownailmentthatafflictsab
    out1in40people.Itoftentriggersanxietyaspeoplefeelembarrassedins
    ocialsituationswhentheystruggletorememberwhopeopleare.Suffere
    rstendtoavoidsituationsinwhichtheywillmeetpeople,andasaresultbe
    comewithdrawn.Inextremecases,theywillbereluctanttoleavetheirho
    me.BradPitt,58,sayshehasnotbeenofficiallydiagnosedwithprosopag
    nosia.Hefirstspokeaboutitin2013.Hesaidnobodybelievedhimwhenh
    ecouldnotrecalltheirname.Heworriedthatpeoplethoughthewasbeing
    "aloof,inaccessibleandself-absorbed".Hesaid:"Peoplehatemebeca
    usetheythinkI'mdisrespectingthem."Hesaidhehasusedmanystrateg
    iestogetaroundhislackofrecall.Heaskedacquaintanceswherehehad
    metthembefore,butsaidthatmadethesituationworse.Heexplained:"
    Peopleweremoreoffended....Yougetthisthing,like,'You'rebeingegoti
    stical.You'rebeingconceited.'"Hehopesspeakingaboutfacialblindnes
    swillraiseawarenessofit.

    Free writing

    Write about facial blindness for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Famous people should talk more about medical problems. 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. PEOPLE'S FACES: Make a poster about people's faces. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. FAMOUS PEOPLE: Write a magazine article about famous people talking more about their problems to raise awareness. 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 forgetting people's faces. Ask him/her three questions about this. Give him/her three of your ideas on what people with prosopagnosia can do. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    A Few Additional Activities for Students

    Ask your students what they have read, seen or heard about this news in their own language. Students are likely to / may have have encountered this news in their L1 and therefore bring a background knowledge to the classroom.

    Get students to role play different characters from this news story.

    Ask students to keep track of this news and revisit it to discuss in your next class.

    Ask students to male predictions of how this news might develop in the next few days or weeks, and then revisit and discuss in a future class.

    Ask students to write a follow-up story to this news.

    Students role play a journalist and someone who witnessed or was a part of this news. Perhaps they could make a video of the interview.

    Ask students to keep a news journal in English and add this story to their thoughts.

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