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Lesson 2

Beijing Opera

Peking Opera

Peking opera , the best-known Chinese Opera, was developed during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) . It is a dramatic form that includes dance, theater, music, and

skilled performance. Character types

depend on vocal styles. Performers wear dramatic makeup or masks.

Who is she?

Mei Lanfang

What do you know about Beijing Opera? Work in pairs and choose the right answers.

1. When did Beijing Opera start?

a) the late 18th century

b) the late 19th century

c) the late 20th century

a) the late 18th century

2. How many main roles are there in Beijing Opera? choose the right answers.

a) 4 b) 8 c) 12

a) 4

3. What are eh main instruments played in Beijing Opera?

a) violin b) jinghu c) drum

d) piano e) sanxian f) guitar

b) jinghu

4. Match the main roles with their names. choose the right answers.

sheng male roles with brightly

painted face

dan female roles

jing clown roles

chou male roles

Late 18th century choose the right answers.

Late 18th century



Four roles

Four roles

main roles

skills needed



Beijing Opera



singing styles

singing styles

Bright colours

Bright colours


Symbols in Beijing Opera choose the right answers.

Match the meanings with the pictures on P24:

Pic.1 They are in the city.

Pic.2 She is in a carriage.

Pic.3 They are in their new


Pic.4 She is on a horse.

Match the following words with their meanings. Then use the words complete the sentences below.

combine, treasure, mask,

acrobatics, costume

  • the clothes worn in a play or film words complete the sentences below.

  • mix two or more things

  • something with special

  • value

  • d) movements of one’s body in a skilful way

  • e) something that covers one’s face









4. The first step in making a cake words complete the sentences below.

is to _______ the milk and


5. The singer wore a _______ that

was made of wood.



Listen to the first and second part of a TV programme. Use the Strategies to answer the questions.

1. What skills do Beijing Opera actors need to have ?

Acting, talking, singing, music dancing and acrobatics.

2. Where was Beijing Opera the Strategies to answer the questions.

performed at the beginning ?

On open-air stages, in markets, streets, teahouses or temple courtyards.

3.Why does it have very loud music and a piercing singing style ?

Because at the beginning, Beijing Opera was performed mostly on open-air stages.

4. Why do performers wear

brightly coloured costumes?

With bright colour, their costumes are more impressive and the crowd can see them more clearly.

Read and listen to the last part of the programme. Then answer the questions.

1. What does the stage look like in Beijing Opera?

Very simple.

2. How do symbols play an important role in Beijing Opera? answer the questions.

Because symbolism plays a very important role in Beijing Opera.

Various body movements can represent actions. answer the questions.

riding in a


riding a


an army of


walking with a

flag on each side

four generals

and four soldiers

holding a tassel

Listen to two dialogues. What do the students Li Ming and Zhu Meiling get permission for? What do they not get permission for?

Li Ming –permission to go to Pufang’s birthday party/ not permission to go to the cinema.

Zhu Meiling –permission to hand in her project next week /not permission to write up the project in Chinese.

Listen again and fill in the blanks. /not permission to write up the project in Chinese

would, can’t, let, could, OK, know, excuse me, must, everyone’s going, can

Informal /not permission to write up the project in Chinese

You (1)______ my classmate Yang Pufang.

Well, Pufang’s going to have a birthday party this Saturday afternoon. Is it(2) _____ if I go? The party’s a special occasion and (3)__________.




Oh, all right…I’ll (4) ____ you go, but I need you to be back by 8 o’clock the latest. Thanks, Mum. And I was thinking…(5)_____I go to the cinema with Pufang on Sunday?



What about your grandpa and grandma? Who ‘s going to help me look after them if you go ?

Oh, Mum. Please let me go to the cinema.

You can go to Pufang’s birthday Party but you (6)____ go to the cinema.


Formal me look after them if you go ?

(7) __________, Miss Wang?(8) _______it be all right if I handed in my project next week?

OK, you (9) _____give me your project first thing on Monday morning.

Excuse me



(10) ______I write up the project in Chinese? No, I’m afraid you can’t . You (11) ______use English like all the other students.