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THE LESSON ON NICOLE KIDMAN

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Nicole Kidman is a highly successful Academy Award-winning actress. In 2006, she was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for her contributions to charity, health care and film. This is Australia’s highest civilian honour. Kidman is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and in 2004, was honoured as a "Citizen of the World" by the UN.

Kidman was born in Hawaii in 1967. Her family returned to Australia permanently when she was four years old. She grew up and went to school in Sydney. After high school, she studied at several Sydney theatres to realize her ambitions to become an actress. Throughout the 1980s she appeared in music videos and TV dramas, including the popular Bangkok Hilton in 1989.

Her breakthrough came in 1990 when she starred opposite Tom Cruise in ‘Days of Thunder’. She was now one of Hollywood’s top stars and landed the lead in many blockbuster movies. She won an Oscar for Best Actress in 2002 for her role in ‘Hours’. Also in 2002, Kidman starred on stage in London and New York in the play ‘The Blue Room’. She got rave reviews.

Kidman’s private life has rarely been out of the headlines. She fell in love with and married Tom Cruise in 1990. For a decade they were Hollywood’s hottest romance, until their divorce just after their tenth wedding anniversary. She married country singer Keith Urvan in 2006. The couple have mansions in Australia and the USA. She holds passports for both countries.

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SYNONYM MATCH

Match the words from the article on the left with their synonyms on the right. Are your answers the same as other students’?

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1.

highly

a.

ordinary person

2

civilian

b.

a number of

3.

honour

c.

forever

4.

permanently

d.

make happen

5.

several

e.

hugely

6.

realize

f.

award


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7.

breakthrough

g.

starring role

8.

lead

h.

hardly ever

9.

rave

i.

has

10.

rarely

j.

step forward

11

hottest

k

excellent

12

holds

l

most popular

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

her contributions to charity,

a.

civilian honour

2

This is Australia’s highest

b.

hottest romance

3.

Her family returned

c.

music videos

4.

realize her ambitions

d.

blockbuster movies

5.

she appeared in

e.

health care and film

6.

Her breakthrough

f.

reviews

7.

landed the lead in many

g.

to become an actress

8.

She got rave

h.

out of the headlines

9.

Kidman’s private life has rarely been

i.

to Australia permanently

10.

For a decade they were Hollywood’s

j.

came in 1990

LISTENING GAP FILL

Nicole Kidman ____________ successful Academy Award-winning actress. In 2006, she ____________ Companion of the Order of Australia for her contributions to charity, health ____________. This is Australia’s highest civilian honour. Kidman is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and in 2004, ____________ as a "Citizen of the World" by the UN.

Kidman was born in Hawaii in 1967. Her family returned to Australia ____________ when she was four years old. She ____________ went to school in Sydney. After high school, she ________________ Sydney theatres to realize her ambitions to become an actress. Throughout the 1980s _______________ music videos and TV dramas, including the popular Bangkok Hilton in 1989.

Her breakthrough came in 1990 _______________ opposite Tom Cruise in ‘Days of Thunder’. She _______________ Hollywood’s top stars and _______________ many blockbuster movies. She won an Oscar for Best Actress in 2002 for her role in ‘Hours’. Also in 2002, Kidman starred on stage in London and New York in the play ‘The Blue Room’. She ______________.

Kidman’s private life has _______________ the headlines. She fell in love with and married Tom Cruise in 1990. For _______________ were Hollywood’s _______________, until their divorce just after their tenth wedding anniversary. She married country singer Keith Urvan in 2006. The couple _______________  Australia and the USA. She holds passports for both countries.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics:

Nicole Kidman is a highly / high successful Academy Award-winning actress. In 2006, she was making / made a Companion of the Order of Australia for her contributions to charity, health care and film. This is Australia’s high / highest civilian honour. Kidman is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and in 2004, was honouring / honoured as a "Citizen of the World" by the UN.

Kidman was born in Hawaii in 1967. Her family returned to Australia permanent / permanently when she was four years old. She grew up and went to school in Sydney. After high school, she studied at several Sydney theatres to realize / reality her ambitions to become an actress. Throughout the / all 1980s she appeared in music videos and TV dramas, including the popular / popularity Bangkok Hilton in 1989.

Her breakthrough / breakdown came in 1990 when she starred opposite Tom Cruise in ‘Days of Thunder’. She was know / now one of Hollywood’s top stars and landed the lead in many blocked / blockbuster movies. She won an Oscar for Best Actress in 2002 for her role in ‘Hours’. Also in 2002, Kidman starred on stage in London and New York in the play ‘The Blue Room’. She got rave reviewed / reviews.

Kidman’s private life has rarely been out of / for the headlines. She fell in love with and married Tom Cruise in 1990. For a decade they were Hollywood’s hottest romance, until / still their divorce just after their tenth wedding ceremony / anniversary. She married country singer Keith Urvan in 2006. The couple have mansions in Australia and the USA. She holds passports for both / all countries.

SPELLING

The underlined, jumbled words are from the text. Spell them correctly.

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1.

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3.

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4.

honoured as a "nieziCt of the World" by the UN


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5.

Her family rtnreude to Australia permanently when she was four

6.

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7.

realize her tmisoanib to become an actress

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10.

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11.

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12.

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13.

Kidman’s private life has rlyaer been out of the headlines

14.

For a daeced they were Hollywood’s hottest romance

15.

Hollywood’s hottest romance, until their vdcoeir

16.

She holds sotsarpsp for both countries

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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civilian honour. Kidman is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and in 2004, was honoured as a "Citizen of the World" by the UN.

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Her breakthrough came in 1990 when she starred opposite Tom Cruise in ‘Days of Thunder’. She was now

(    )

 

to realize her ambitions to become an actress. Throughout the 1980s she appeared in

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four years old. She grew up and went to school in Sydney. After high school, she studied at several Sydney theatres

(    )

 

have mansions in Australia and the USA. She holds passports for both countries.

1  )

 

Nicole Kidman is a highly successful Academy Award-winning actress. In 2006, she was made

(    )

 

in London and New York in the play ‘The Blue Room’. She got rave reviews.

(    )

 

Kidman was born in Hawaii in 1967. Her family returned to Australia permanently when she was

(    )

 

married Tom Cruise in 1990. For a decade they were Hollywood’s hottest romance, until their

(    )

 

music videos and TV dramas, including the popular Bangkok Hilton in 1989.

(    )

 

a Companion of the Order of Australia for her contributions to charity, health care and film. This is Australia’s highest

(    )

 

Kidman’s private life has rarely been out of the headlines. She fell in love with and

(    )

 

divorce just after their tenth wedding anniversary. She married country singer Keith Urvan in 2006. The couple

(    )

 

one of Hollywood’s top stars and landed the lead in many blockbuster movies. She won an Oscar for Best Actress

(    )

 

in 2002 for her role in ‘Hours’. Also in 2002, Kidman starred on stage

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With your partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

-   Award   Academy   successful   highly   a   actress   winning

2.

a   Ambassador   UNICEF   is   Goodwill   for   Kidman

3.

Her  to  when  four  returned  permanently  was  family  Australia  she

4.

She   to   grew   school   up   in   and   Sydney   went

5.

actress   her   to   an   realize   ambitions   become

6.

now   was   She   stars   top   Hollywood’s   of   one

7.

Actress    an    in    Oscar    2002    for    She    Best    won

8.

has   out   headlines   life   been   the   private   rarely   of   Kidman’s

9.

they   decade   a   For   romance   hottest   Hollywood’s   were

10.

after   until   their   their   tenth   divorce   wedding   just   anniversary

NICOLE KIDMAN DISCUSSION (Write your questions)

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

1.

What do you know about Nicole Kidman?

2.

Would you like to meet Nicole Kidman?

3.

What would you like to know about Nicole Kidman and why?

4.

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

1.

What did you learn from this text about Nicole Kidman?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Nicole Kidman?

3.

What would her answers be to those questions?

4.

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THE NICOLE KIDMAN SURVEY

Write five questions about Nicole Kidman in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

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Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

WRITING

Write about Nicole Kidman for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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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 more information about Nicole Kidman. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. NICOLE KIDMAN POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Nicole Kidman. Show your poster to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all find out similar things?

4. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Nicole Kidman. Include an imaginary interview with her. Write about what she does every day and what she thinks about.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to Nicole Kidman. Ask her three questions about her life. Give her three suggestions on what she should do in her future. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Nicole Kidman expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

highly

a.

hugely

2

civilian

b.

ordinary person

3.

honour

c.

award

4.

permanently

d.

forever

5.

several

e.

a number of

6.

realize

f.

make happen


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

breakthrough

g.

step forward

8.

lead

h.

starring role

9.

rave

i.

excellent

10.

rarely

j.

hardly ever

11

hottest

k

most popular

12

holds

l

has

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

her contributions to charity,

a.

health care and film

2

This is Australia’s highest

b.

civilian honour

3.

Her family returned

c.

to Australia permanently

4.

realize her ambitions

d.

to become an actress

5.

she appeared in

e.

music videos

6.

Her breakthrough

f.

came in 1990

7.

landed the lead in many

g.

blockbuster movies

8.

She got rave

h.

reviews

9.

Kidman’s private life has rarely been

i.

out of the headlines

10.

For a decade they were Hollywood’s

j.

hottest romance

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