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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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Shigeru Miyamoto is a Japanese video game designer who is often called the "father of modern video gaming". He has created many classic games, such as Mario, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda. He is a senior manager and games developer at Nintendo. Miyamoto rarely plays video games and prefers to play the guitar and breed dogs.

Miyamoto was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1952. He loved to draw and paint pictures when he was a young boy. He explored the countryside around his home a lot, which gave him many ideas for his later games. In 1970, he went to art college, where he remembers spending most of the time doodling. In 1977, he joined Nintendo as an artist.

Miyamoto’s big break came in 1980 when Nintendo America was desperately looking for a smash-hit game. Miyamoto was asked to design the game that would make Nintendo a big player in the US market. He came up with Donkey Kong, which would become one of the biggest games ever. At the same time, Miyamoto developed Mario, who has also become a phenomenal success.

Miyamoto was a key figure in the success of the Nintendo Wii. He believed early on that the Wii could outsell PS3 and Xbox 360 by putting simple, fun games on it. Miyamoto was one of ‘Time’ magazine's 100 Most Influential People of the Year in 2007. He is currently developing more Wii products and the Mario, Sonic and Pikmin series.

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Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted biographies.


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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’?

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

called

a.

masterpiece

2

classic

b.

became a member of

3.

rarely

c.

wandered through

4.

explored

d.

hardly ever

5.

remembers

e.

dubbed

6.

joined

f.

recollects


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

break

g.

competitor

8.

big

h.

remarkable

9.

phenomenal

i.

person

10.

player

j.

presently

11

figure

k

opportunity

12

currently

l

important

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

often called the father of

a.

success

2

He has created many classic

b.

around his home

3.

prefers to

c.

modern video gaming

4.

He explored the countryside

d.

figure in the success

5.

he remembers spending most of

e.

developing more Wii products

6.

make Nintendo a big

f.

play the guitar

7.

a phenomenal

g.

the time doodling

8.

a key

h.

that the Wii could outsell PS3

9.

He believed early on

i.

games

10.

He is currently

j.

player in the US market


LISTENING GAP FILL

Shigeru Miyamoto is a Japanese video game designer _____________ called the "father of modern video gaming". He has created many _____________, such as Mario, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda. He is a _____________ and games developer at Nintendo. Miyamoto rarely plays video games and prefers to play the guitar and _____________.

Miyamoto was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1952. He _____________ and paint pictures when he was a young boy. He _____________ countryside around his home a lot, which gave _______________ for his later games. In 1970, he went to art college, where he remembers spending most of the _____________. In 1977, he joined Nintendo as an artist.

Miyamoto’s _______________ in 1980 when Nintendo America was desperately looking _____________ game. Miyamoto was asked to design the game that would make Nintendo a big player in the US market. He _____________ Donkey Kong, which would become one of the biggest games ever. At the same time, Miyamoto developed Mario, who has also become a _________________.

Miyamoto was _____________ in the success of the Nintendo Wii. He believed early on that the Wii _____________ PS3 and Xbox 360 by putting simple, fun games on it. Miyamoto was one of ‘Time’ magazine's 100 _______________ People of the Year in 2007. He is __________________ more Wii products and the Mario, Sonic and Pikmin series.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Shigeru Miyamoto is a Japanese video game design / designer who is often called the "father of modern video gaming". He has created many / much classic games, such as Mario, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda. He is a senior management / manager and games developer at Nintendo. Miyamoto rarely plays video games and prefers to play the guitar and breed / bred dogs.

Miyamoto was birth / born in Kyoto, Japan in 1952. He loved to draw and paint / painting pictures when he was a young boy. He explored the countryside around his home a loads / lot, which gave him many ideas for his later games. In 1970, he went to art college, where he remembers spending most of the time noodling / doodling. In 1977, he joined Nintendo as an artist.

Miyamoto’s big break / breakage came in 1980 when Nintendo America was desperately looking for a smash-hit game. Miyamoto was asked to design the game that will / would make Nintendo a big player in the US market. He came down / up with Donkey Kong, which would become one of the biggest games ever. At the same time, Miyamoto developed Mario, who has also become a phenomenal / phenomenon success.

Miyamoto was a key / keyed figure in the success of the Nintendo Wii. He believed early off / on that the Wii could outsell PS3 and Xbox 360 by putting simple, fun games on it. Miyamoto was one of ‘Time’ magazine's 100 Most Influential People / Person of the Year in 2007. He is currently developing more Wii produce / products and the Mario, Sonic and Pikmin series.


SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1
 

1.

the "father of modern video miangg"

2.

The enegdL of Zelda

3.

games oeevlrdep at Nintendo

4.

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Paragraph 2
 

5.

paint tpecsiru

6.

He xlroeedp the countryside

7.

spending most of the time iolgdodn

8.

he joined Nintendo as an atisrt


Paragraph 3
 

9.

Miyamoto’s big akber came in 1980

10.

Miyamoto was asked to esndgi the game

11.

make Nintendo a big eryalp in the US market

12.

become a phenomenal sccessu


Paragraph 4
 

13.

Miyamoto was a key euigrf in the success

14.

soutlle PS3 and Xbox 360

15.

developing more Wii soctprud

16.

the Mario, Sonic and Pikmin reesis


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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where he remembers spending most of the time doodling. In 1977, he joined Nintendo as an artist.

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same time, Miyamoto developed Mario, who has also become a phenomenal success.

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gaming". He has created many classic games, such as Mario, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda. He is a senior

(    )

 

looking for a smash-hit game. Miyamoto was asked to design the game that would make Nintendo a big

(    )

 

manager and games developer at Nintendo. Miyamoto rarely plays video games and

(    )

 

the countryside around his home a lot, which gave him many ideas for his later games. In 1970, he went to art college,

(    )

 

Miyamoto was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1952. He loved to draw and paint pictures when he was a young boy. He explored

(    )

 

Miyamoto’s big break came in 1980 when Nintendo America was desperately

(    )

 

Miyamoto was a key figure in the success of the Nintendo Wii. He believed early on that the Wii could

(    )

 

developing more Wii products and the Mario, Sonic and Pikmin series.

(    )

 

player in the US market. He came up with Donkey Kong, which would become one of the biggest games ever. At the

(    )

 

prefers to play the guitar and breed dogs.

(    )

 

of ‘Time’ magazine's 100 Most Influential People of the Year in 2007. He is currently

( 1 )

 

Shigeru Miyamoto is a Japanese video game designer who is often called the "father of modern video

(    )

 

outsell PS3 and Xbox 360 by putting simple, fun games on it. Miyamoto was one


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

often    gaming    video    modern    of    father    the    called

2.

breed    with    dogs    his    prefers    guitar    to    and    play

3.

a    countryside    lot    around    He    his    explored    home    the

4.

spending    remembers    he    doodling    time    the    of    most

5.

joined    In    Nintendo    1977    as    ,    an    he    artist

6.

Miyamoto’s    1980    in    came    break    big

7.

player    make    in    Nintendo    the    a    US    big    market

8.

figure    key    a    was    Miyamoto    success    the    in

9.

could    He    on    Wii    PS3    early    the    outsell    believed    that

10.

more    products    is    developing    Wii    He    currently


SHIGERU MIYAMOTO DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Shigeru Miyamoto?

2.

Would you like to meet Shigeru Miyamoto?

3.

What would you like to know about Shigeru Miyamoto and why?

4.

___________________________________________________

5.

___________________________________________________

6.

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7.

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8.

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

1.

What did you learn from this text about Shigeru Miyamoto?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Shigeru Miyamoto?

3.

What would his answers be to those questions?

4.

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5.

___________________________________________________

6.

___________________________________________________

7.

___________________________________________________

8.

___________________________________________________


SHIGERU MIYAMOTO SURVEY

Write five questions about Shigeru Miyamoto 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.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

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 Shigeru Miyamoto 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 Shigeru Miyamoto. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. SHIGERU MIYAMOTO POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Shigeru Miyamoto. 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 Shigeru Miyamoto. Include an imaginary interview with him. Write about what he does every day and what he 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 Shigeru Miyamoto. Ask him three questions about his life. Give him three suggestions on what he should do in his future. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Shigeru Miyamoto expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

called

a.

dubbed

2

classic

b.

masterpiece

3.

rarely

c.

hardly ever

4.

explored

d.

wandered through

5.

remembers

e.

recollects

6.

joined

f.

became a member of


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

break

g.

opportunity

8.

player

h.

competitor

9.

phenomenal

i.

remarkable

10.

key

j.

important

11

figure

k

person

12

currently

l

presently

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

often called the father of

a.

modern video gaming

2

He has created many classic

b.

games

3.

prefers to

c.

play the guitar

4.

He explored the countryside

d.

around his home

5.

he remembers spending most of

e.

the time doodling

6.

make Nintendo a big

f.

player in the US market

7.

a phenomenal

g.

success

8.

a key

h.

figure in the success

9.

He believed early on

i.

that the Wii could outsell PS3

10.

He is currently

j.

developing more Wii products

ALL OTHER EXERCISES:

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