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Unit 2

Speaking


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Meryl Streep was born in a small village in America in 1949. After high school Meryl went to study at a famous drama school. While still a student, she played roles in many plays. After graduating, she went to New York, where she started working as an actress and won the Theater World Award for her role in a play.

Meryl Streep made her first film, called Julia in 1977. A few years later, she won her first Oscar as Best Actress for the film Kramer vs Kramer(1979). During the 1980s and 1990s she won many more prize while acting in famous films such as Sophie’s Choice(1982), Out Of Africa (1985) and Music Of the Heart (1999).

Meryl Streep got married in 1978 and has son and three daughters.


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Kramer

vs.

Kramer

(1979)



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Name:

Meryl Streep

Nationality:

American

Age:

54

First film:

Julia 1977

Oscar:

  • Best Actress (Kramer vs. Kramer)

Famous films:

Sophie’s Choice, Out Of Africa,

Music Of the Heart

Family member:

husband, son and three daughters


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Who is he?

Keanu Reeves


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Keanu Reeves was born in Lebanon in 1964. He grew up in Toronto and left high school without a degree when he was seventeen. In the beginning he took many small job to make monkey. When he is twenty years old, he acted in his first film, called Wolfboy.

In 1986 he moved to Hollywood to live with his stepfather, who is a film director. After acting in many cheap films for a few years, he was asked to play a role in the film Speedin 1994. This film quickly made him famous.

Since then Keanu Reeves has acted in more than twelve films such as The Matrix (1999), Sweet November (2001) and Hardball (2001).



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Matrix

(1999)



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  • Questions:

  • When and where was Keanu born?

  • What did his stepfather do?

  • When did he begin acting? What’s the name of his first film?

  • What films did he act in?

1964, Lebanon.

Director.

1984, Wolfboy.

Speed, The Matrix, Sweet November, Hardball…


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Task:

Ask questions about the place where they grew up, the time when they were young, the reason why they chose their job and about their career.


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Useful expressions

You studied \worked\acted at different…

First…, and then…

What did you do next?

Finally you found a job as…

Late on…

What made you decide to …?

What roles did you act?

How long have you been working as …?


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Extension:

Choose a famous people as you like. Discuss with your partner. One acts the star, and the other acts the reporter.


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Homework:

Write a dialogue about the interview between pop star

and reporter.


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Thank you!

Good bye!


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