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Vaneeza Ahmed, a.k.a. Vinny, was born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1971. She is one of Pakistan’s best-known celebrities. She is also an extremely successful actress and model. It is difficult to go anywhere in Pakistan without seeing her face on an advertisement. In April 2008, Vinny was one of the few Pakistanis to run with the Beijing Olympics torch when it visited Islamabad.

Ahmad moved to Germany when she was young to better her education. Her parents pressured her to get into medicine and be a doctor. When she was 18, she returned to Pakistan but couldn’t study medicine because she had no background in physics. Instead, she chose to do a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. While at college, she did some part-time modelling.

Ahmad had no real plans to get into modelling as a career option. She was shocked to be offered dozens of jobs, including some from some big names in the Pakistani fashion industry. Her looks, elegance and brains soon made her a top model. She also launched her own fashion brand, which is now very popular among Pakistani women.

Her career in fashion led her into acting. She has starred in many different television serials. Her biggest role was in ‘Jinnah’, playing the daughter of Pakistan’s founding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Vaneeza said of acting: “I could lie about it and say I’m in this field for the love of art. But I admit that I’m doing it for money.”

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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’?

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1.

a.k.a.

a.

very

2

extremely

b.

selected

3.

advertisement

c.

pushed

4.

better

d.

also known as

5.

pressured

e.

improve

6.

chose

f.

commercial


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7.

option

g.

confess

8.

brains

h.

started

9.

launched

i.

choice

10.

role

j.

area

11

field

k

intelligence

12

admit

l

part

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

It is difficult to go anywhere in

a.

get into medicine

2

one of the

b.

of art

3.

Her parents pressured her to

c.

career option

4.

she had no background

d.

led her into acting

5.

she did some

e.

Pakistan without seeing her face

6.

modelling as a

f.

part-time modelling

7.

Her looks, elegance and brains

g.

doing it for money

8.

Her career in fashion

h.

few Pakistanis

9.

for the love

i.

in physics

10.

I admit that I’m

j.

soon made her a top model

LISTENING GAP FILL

Vaneeza Ahmed, ___________, was born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1971. She ___________ Pakistan’s best-known celebrities. She is also an extremely successful actress and model. It is difficult to go anywhere in Pakistan without seeing _____________ advertisement. In April 2008, Vinny was one of the few Pakistanis ___________ the Beijing Olympics torch when it visited Islamabad.

Ahmad moved to Germany when she was young _____________ education. Her parents pressured her _____________ medicine and be a doctor. When she was 18, she returned to Pakistan but couldn’t study medicine because _____________ background in physics. Instead, she chose to do a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. While at college, _____________ part-time modelling.

Ahmad had no real plans to get into modelling _____________. She was shocked to be offered _____________, including some from some big names in the Pakistani fashion industry. Her looks, elegance _____________ made her a top model. She also launched her own fashion brand, which _____________ popular among Pakistani women.

Her career in fashion _____________ acting. She has starred in many different television serials. Her _____________ in ‘Jinnah’, playing the daughter of Pakistan’s founding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Vaneeza said of acting: “I could _____________ and say I’m in this field for the love of art. But _____________ doing it for money.”

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Vaneeza Ahmed, a.k.a. / d.o.b. Vinny, was born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1971. She is one of Pakistan’s best-known celebrities. She is also an extreme / extremely successful actress and model. It is difficulty / difficult to go anywhere in Pakistan without seeing her face on an advertisement. In April 2008, Vinny was one of the few / fewer Pakistanis to run with the Beijing Olympics torch when it visited Islamabad.

Ahmad moved to Germany when she was young to best / better her education. Her parents pressured her to get into / onto medicine and be a doctor. When she was 18, she returned to Pakistan but couldn’t study medicine because she had no / not background in physics. Instead, she chose to do a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. While at college, she made / did some part-time modelling.

Ahmad had no real / reality plans to get into modelling as a career option. She was shocked to / for be offered dozens of jobs, including some from some big names in the Pakistani fashion industry. Her looks, elegance / elegant and brains / brainy soon made her a top model. She also launched her own fashion brand / bland, which is now very popular among Pakistani women.

Her career in / by fashion led her into acting. She has starred in much / many different television serials. Her biggest role was in ‘Jinnah’, playing the daughter of Pakistan’s founding / finding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Vaneeza said of acting: “I could lie about it and say I’m in this field for the love / lovely of art. But I admit that I’m doing it for money.”

SPELLING

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

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1.

one of Pakistan’s best-known tceeeriibls

2.

an exlreyemt successful actress

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5.

better her uitaodcne

6.

get into nmedeici

7.

she had no background in psicsyh

8.

she did some rtap-temi modelling


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9.

modelling as a career tpoino

10.

offered enszod of jobs

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Her looks, elegance and ainrsb

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She also uncdhlea her own fashion brand


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13.

Her career in fashion led her into gtanci

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television sailsre

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the uhgredat of Pakistan’s founding father

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I mdtai that I’m doing it for money

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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run with the Beijing Olympics torch when it visited Islamabad.

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Vaneeza Ahmed, a.k.a. Vinny, was born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1971. She is one of Pakistan’s best-known

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Ahmad had no real plans to get into modelling as a career option. She was shocked to be offered

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had no background in physics. Instead, she chose to do a Bachelor’s degree

(    )

 

seeing her face on an advertisement. In April 2008, Vinny was one of the few Pakistanis to

(    )

 

own fashion brand, which is now very popular among Pakistani women.

(    )

 

Ahmad moved to Germany when she was young to better her education. Her parents pressured her to get into

(    )

 

in psychology. While at college, she did some part-time modelling.

(    )

 

medicine and be a doctor. When she was 18, she returned to Pakistan but couldn’t study medicine because she

(    )

 

acting: “I could lie about it and say I’m in this field for the love of art. But I admit that I’m doing it for money.”

(    )

 

dozens of jobs, including some from some big names in the Pakistani fashion industry. Her looks, elegance

(    )

 

in ‘Jinnah’, playing the daughter of Pakistan’s founding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Vaneeza said of

(    )

 

Her career in fashion led her into acting. She has starred in many different television serials. Her biggest role was

(    )

 

and brains soon made her a top model. She also launched her

(    )

 

celebrities. She is also an extremely successful actress and model. It is difficult to go anywhere in Pakistan without

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

She   also   extremely   actress   is   an   successful

2.

anywhere   go   to   difficult   is   It   Pakistan   in

3.

get   to   her   pressured   parents   Her   medicine   into

4.

she   Bachelor’s   chose   degree   to   in   do   psychology   a

5.

college   ,   she   did   some   part   -   time   modelling   While   at

6.

as   option   get   modelling   career   to   in   a   plans   into

7.

fashion   launched   brand   her   She   own   also

8.

daughter   the   father   founding   Pakistan’s   of

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field   art   for   I’m   the   in   love   this   of

10.

I’m   that   admit   I   money   for   it   doing

VANEEZA AHMED DISCUSSION (Write your questions)

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

1.

What do you know about Vaneeza Ahmed?

2.

Would you like to meet Vaneeza Ahmed?

3.

What would you like to know about Vaneeza Ahmed and why?

4.

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5.

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

1.

What did you learn from this text about Vaneeza Ahmed?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Vaneeza Ahmed?

3.

What would her answers be to those questions?

4.

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8.

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THE VANEEZA AHMED SURVEY

Write five questions about Vaneeza Ahmed 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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Q.4.

 

 

 

 

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

3. VANEEZA AHMED POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Vaneeza Ahmed. 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 Vaneeza Ahmed. 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 Vaneeza Ahmed. 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 “Vaneeza Ahmed expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

a.k.a.

a.

also known as

2

extremely

b.

very

3.

advertisement

c.

commercial

4.

better

d.

improve

5.

pressured

e.

pushed

6.

chose

f.

selected


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

option

g.

choice

8.

brains

h.

intelligence

9.

launched

i.

started

10.

role

j.

part

11

field

k

area

12

admit

l

confess

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

It is difficult to go anywhere in

a.

Pakistan without seeing her face

2

one of the

b.

few Pakistanis

3.

Her parents pressured her to

c.

get into medicine

4.

she had no background

d.

in physics

5.

she did some

e.

part-time modelling

6.

modelling as a

f.

career option

7.

Her looks, elegance and brains

g.

soon made her a top model

8.

Her career in fashion

h.

led her into acting

9.

for the love

i.

of art

10.

I admit that I’m

j.

doing it for money

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