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Zhang Ziyi, born in Beijing in 1979, is an actress who has worked with the best directors, both in her native China and in America. She said she would have become a kindergarten teacher if she hadn't got into acting. She has starred in many movies that have been worldwide hits and has won a string of awards.

When Zhang was 11, her parents sent her to the Beijing Dance Academy. They wanted their only child to be a star. She had a rough time there and on one occasion she ran away. She remembers the other girls being overly competitive and talking behind each other’s backs. She graduated and joined the prestigious Central Academy of Drama, China’s top acting college.

Zhang soon received many movie role offers. She got her first role in 1999 when she was 19, in ‘The Road Home’. A year later she rose to fame as the character Jen in Ang Lee’s ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’. She won international awards for best supporting actress. In 2001, she appeared in Rush Hour 2, even though she couldn’t speak English.

Zhang’s next international hit was as Sayuri in ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. She received many nominations for best actress awards. She had also learnt English, helped by listening to Eminem songs. She said it was only later that she understood “how rude” the lyrics were. In 2006, Zhang became the youngest jury member to sit at the Cannes Film Festival.

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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.

best

a.

series

2

got into

b.

too

3.

string

c.

finest

4.

rough

d.

high ranking

5.

overly

e.

taken up

6.

prestigious

f.

hard


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

role

g.

got

8.

fame

h.

part

9.

appeared

i.

words

10.

received

j.

dirty

11

rude

k

stardom

12

lyrics

l

acted

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

…if she hadn't got

a.

couldn’t speak English

2

won a string

b.

time there

3.

They wanted their only

c.

fame as the character Jen

4.

She had a rough

d.

for best actress awards

5.

talking behind each

e.

into acting

6.

A year later she rose to

f.

at the Cannes Film Festival

7.

… even though she

g.

of awards

8.

She received many nominations

h.

other’s backs

9.

it was only later that she understood

i.

child to be a star

10.

the youngest jury member to sit

j.

“how rude” the lyrics were


LISTENING GAP FILL

Zhang Ziyi, born in Beijing in 1979, is an actress _____________ with the best directors, both _____________ China and in America. She said she would have become a kindergarten teacher if _____________ into acting. She has starred in many movies that have been worldwide hits and has won a _____________.

When Zhang was 11, her parents _______________ Beijing Dance Academy. They wanted their only child to be a star. She _____________ there and on one occasion she ran away. She remembers the other girls being overly competitive and talking behind _______________. She graduated and joined _____________ Central Academy of Drama, China’s top acting college.

Zhang soon received many _____________. She got her first role in 1999 when she was 19, in ‘The Road Home’. A year _______________ to fame as the character Jen in Ang Lee’s ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’. She won international _______________ supporting actress. In 2001, she appeared in Rush Hour 2, _______________ couldn’t speak English.

Zhang’s next international _____________ Sayuri in ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. She received many nominations for best actress awards. She had also learnt English, _______________ to Eminem songs. She said it was only later that she understood “how rude” _____________. In 2006, Zhang became the youngest jury member _____________ Cannes Film Festival.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Zhang Ziyi, born in Beijing in 1979, is an actress who has / was worked with the best directors, both in her natives / native China and in America. She said she would have become a kindergarten teacher if she hadn't got into / in acting. She has starred in many movies that have been worldwide hits and has won a string / rope of awards.

When Zhang was 11, her parents sending / sent her to the Beijing Dance Academy. They wanted their only child to be a star. She had a rough / roughest time there and on one occasion she run / ran away. She remembers the other girls being overly competitive and talking behind each other’s fronts / backs. She graduated and joined the prestigious Central Academy of Drama, China’s top acting college.

Zhang soon received many movie role offers. She got / getting her first role in 1999 when she was 19, in ‘The Road Home’. A year later she rose / risen to fame as the character Jen in Ang Lee’s ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’. She won international awards with / for best supporting actress. In 2001, she appeared in Rush Hour 2, ever / even though she couldn’t speak English.

Zhang’s next / after international hit was as Sayuri in ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. She received many / any nominations for best actress awards. She had also learnt English, helping / helped by listening to Eminem songs. She said it was only later that she understood “how rudeness / rude” the lyrics were. In 2006, Zhang became the youngest jury member to sit at the Cannes Film Festival.


SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1
 

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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Paragraph 2
 

5.

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6.

She had a uhorg time there

7.

tikalgn behind each other’s backs

8.

China’s top iatncg college


Paragraph 3
 

9.

Zhang soon dreeviec many movie role offers

10.

she rose to fame as the hcteararc Jen

11.

She won international asrwad

12.

even hgutoh she couldn’t speak English


Paragraph 4
 

13.

mieorMs of a Geisha’

14.

tinlgseni to Eminem songs

15.

she understood “how rude” the lcrsiy were

16.

Zhang became the ugynstoe jury member


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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jury member to sit at the Cannes Film Festival.

(    )

 

though she couldn’t speak English.

(    )

 

into acting. She has starred in many movies that have been worldwide hits and has won a string of awards.

(    )

 

later that she understood “how rude” the lyrics were. In 2006, Zhang became the youngest

(    )

 

When Zhang was 11, her parents sent her to the Beijing Dance Academy. They wanted their only

(    )

 

international awards for best supporting actress. In 2001, she appeared in Rush Hour 2, even

(    )

 

the prestigious Central Academy of Drama, China’s top acting college.

(    )

 

being overly competitive and talking behind each other’s backs. She graduated and joined

(    )

 

child to be a star. She had a rough time there and on one occasion she ran away. She remembers the other girls

(    )

 

China and in America. She said she would have become a kindergarten teacher if she hadn't got

( 1 )

 

Zhang Ziyi, born in Beijing in 1979, is an actress who has worked with the best directors, both in her native

(    )

 

actress awards. She had also learnt English, helped by listening to Eminem songs. She said it was only

(    )

 

Zhang’s next international hit was as Sayuri in ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. She received many nominations for best

(    )

 

later she rose to fame as the character Jen in Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’. She won

(    )

 

Zhang soon received many movie role offers. She got her first role in 1999 when she was 19, in ‘The Road Home’. A year


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

actress   the   who   best   has   directors   worked   an   with

2.

kindergarten   would   teacher   have   She   become   said   a   she

3.

be   their   a   only   star   child   They   to   wanted

4.

ran   she   occasion   one   on   away

5.

talking   other’s   behind   backs   each

6.

A   year   later   she   rose   to   fame   as   the   character   Jen

7.

best   for   awards   international   won   She   actress   supporting

8.

best   for   nominations   many   received   She   awards   actress

9.

understood   rude   lyrics   she   how   the   were

10.

Zhang   member   jury   youngest   the   became


ZHANG ZIYI DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Zhang Ziyi?

2.

Would you like to have met Zhang Ziyi?

3.

What would you like to know about Zhang Ziyi and why?

4.

___________________________________________________

5.

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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 Zhang Ziyi?

2.

What questions would you like to have asked Zhang Ziyi?

3.

What would her answers have been to those questions?

4.

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5.

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6.

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7.

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8.

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ZHANG ZIYI SURVEY

Write five questions about Zhang Ziyi 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

_____________

STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

_____________

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

3. ZHANG ZIYI POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Zhang Ziyi. 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 Zhang Ziyi. Include an imaginary interview with her. Write about what she did every day and what she thought 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 Zhang Ziyi. Ask her three questions about her life. Tell her how important she is in today’s world and how she is missed. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Zhang Ziyi expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

best

a.

finest

2

got into

b.

taken up

3.

string

c.

series

4.

rough

d.

hard

5.

overly

e.

too

6.

prestigious

f.

high ranking


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

role

g.

part

8.

fame

h.

stardom

9.

appeared

i.

acted

10.

received

j.

got

11

rude

k

dirty

12

lyrics

l

words

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

…if she hadn't got

a.

into acting

2

won a string

b.

of awards

3.

They wanted their only

c.

child to be a star

4.

She had a rough

d.

time there

5.

talking behind each

e.

other’s backs

6.

A year later she rose to

f.

fame as the character Jen

7.

… even though she

g.

couldn’t speak English

8.

She received many nominations

h.

for best actress awards

9.

it was only later that she understood

i.

“how rude” the lyrics were

10.

the youngest jury member to sit

j.

at the Cannes Film Festival

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