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Hobbit fans gather at New Zealand cinema (1st December, 2012)

The new fantasy movie "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" had its world premiere in New Zealand's capital Wellington. Tens of thousands of Hobbit fans went to the theater to try to see the film's stars. The movie is based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic of the same name. It cost $500 million to make the movie. However, not everyone is happy. Animal rights group PETA say that over 27 animals died making the film. Director Peter Jackson said not a single animal died.

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New Zealand will make a lot of money from "The Hobbit". The country's tourism businesses will see many new visitors next year. "The Unexpected Journey" is the first of three Hobbit movies planned by Peter Jackson. Hopefully, he will listen to the people who said animals died. The movie's makers should be much kinder to animals in the next movies. The movie will make a lot of money, so they should spend more on looking after the animals. More people will see the movies if this happens.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

The new fantasy

a.

hobbit fans

2

New Zealand's

b.

the film's stars

3.

Tens of thousands of

c.

movie

4.

Try to see

d.

classic

5.

27 animals died

e.

making the film

6.

Based on J.R.R. Tolkien's

f.

capital Wellington

 

Paragraph 2

1.

New Zealand will make a

a.

said animals died

2

first of three Hobbit

b.

lot of money

3.

see many new visitors

c.

to animals

4.

More people will

d.

next year

5.

listen to the people who

e.

see the movies

6.

be much kinder

f.

movies planned


LISTENING GAP FILL

The new (1) _______________ "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" had its (2) _______________ in New Zealand's capital Wellington. (3) _________________ of Hobbit fans went to the theater to try to see the film's stars. The (4) _______________ J.R.R. Tolkien's classic of the same name. It cost $500 million to make the movie. However, not everyone is happy. Animal rights group PETA say that (5) _______________ making the film. Director Peter Jackson said (6) ___________________ died.

New Zealand will (7) _______________ money from "The Hobbit". The country's (8) _________________ will see many new visitors next year. "The Unexpected Journey" is the first of three (9) ___ _______________ by Peter Jackson. Hopefully, he will listen to the people who said animals died. The                (10) ___________________ much kinder in the next movies. The movie will make a lot of money, so they                          (11) ____________________ looking after the animals. More (12) ______________ movies if this happens.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

The new (1) ____ movie "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" had its        (2) ____ premiere in New Zealand's capital Wellington. (3) ____ of thousands of Hobbit fans went to the (4) ____ to try to see the film's (5) ____. The movie is based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic of the same name. It cost $500 million to make the movie. However, not (6) ____ is happy. Animal rights group PETA say that over 27 animals died making the film. Director Peter Jackson said not a single animal died.

New Zealand will make a lot of (7) ____ from "The Hobbit". The country's tourism (8) ____ will see many new (9) ____ next year. "The Unexpected Journey" is the first of three Hobbit movies planned by Peter Jackson. Hopefully, he will listen to the people who said animals (10) ____ The movie's makers should be much (11) ____ to animals in the next movies. The movie will make a lot of money, so they should spend more on looking (12) ____ the animals. More people will see the movies if this happens.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

final

(b)

fantasy

(c)

fantastic

2.

(a)

universal

(b)

space

(c)

world

3.

(a)

tens

(b)

ones

(c)

eights

4.

(a)

mountain

(b)

theater

(c)

park

5.

(a)

sun

(b)

stars

(c)

moon

6.

(a)

everyone

(b)

they

(c)

we

7.

(a)

hobbit

(b)

movies

(c)

money

8.

(a)

busybodies

(b)

businesses

(c)

busy bees

9.

(a)

movies

(b)

money

(c)

visitors

10.

(a)

dead

(b)

die

(c)

died

11.

(a)

kindness

(b)

kind

(c)

kinder

12

(a)

past

(b)

next

(c)

after


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

The new nsfatay movie

2.

world mereerip

3.

New Zealand's taaipcl Wellington

4.

Tens of dthunsosa

5.

J.R.R. Tolkien's cslcisa

6.

vHroewe, not everyone is happy

 

Paragraph 2

7.

Country's tourism sseibuessn

8.

Many new sostiriv next year

9.

first of three Hobbit movies eandpnl

10.

ylopeuflH, he will listen

11.

should be much enkdri to animals

12.

see the movies if this nphspea


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

businesses will see many new visitors next year. "The Unexpected Journey" is the first of

(    )

fans went to the theater to try to see the film's stars. The movie is based

(    )

movies. The movie will make a lot of money, so they should spend more on looking

(    )

premiere in New Zealand's capital Wellington. Tens of thousands of Hobbit

(    )

three Hobbit movies planned by Peter Jackson. Hopefully, he will listen to the people who said animals

(    )

after the animals. More people will see the movies if this happens.

(    )

on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic of the same name. It cost $500 million to make the movie. However, not

(    )

died. The movie's makers should be much kinder to animals in the next

(    )

making the film. Director Peter Jackson said not a single animal died.

(    )

New Zealand will make a lot of money from "The Hobbit". The country's tourism

1  )

The new fantasy movie "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" had its world

(    )

everyone is happy. Animal rights group PETA say that over 27 animals died


PUT THE WORDS IN THE RIGHT ORDER

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

1.

fantasy     new     The     "     .     Hobbit     The     "     movie.

2.

New     in     premiere     world     its     Had     capital     Zealand's.

3.

went    to    the    theater     Tens    of   thousands   of    Hobbit    fans.

4.

,     everyone     happy     However     not     is.    

5.

Jackson     Peter     died     animal     single     not     said.     a

6.

many     new     Businesses     visitors     will     next     see     year.    

7.

three     of     first     The     planned     movies     Hobbit.    

8.

the     died     people     who     Listen     said     to     animals.    

9.

next     Be     to     the     kinder     in     movies     much     animals.    

10.

movies     happens     people     the     this     More     see     if     will.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about The Hobbit 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. THE HOBBIT: Search the Internet and find more information about The Hobbit. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about the movie. Include an imaginary interview with Peter Jackson and a Hobbit fan. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to a Hobbit expert. Ask him/her three questions about Hobbits. Give him/her three of your opinions on them. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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