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Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson™

Meeting an Actor

Pre-Reading Activities

A: Short Discussion
Answer these questions with a partner:

  1. Which actor would you most like to meet?
  2. Why would you like to meet this actor?
  3. What is special about this actor?
  4. What questions would you ask this actor?
  5. Where would you like to meet this actor? (e.g. in the post office?, at an expensive restaurant?...)

 

A: Comprehension
Answer these questions as you read the article.

  1. Who is Dustin Hoffman?
  2. How old is he?
  3. Who is Pamela Crack?
  4. How old is she?
  5. Who is David Crack?
  6. What do you think the Baftas are?

Fan 'Flabbergasted' by Star's Call

LONDON Tuesday April 11 (Reuters) - Dustin Hoffman fan Pamela Crack got the shock of her life when the movie star telephoned her as she was doing her housework. 

Crack, 58, said she was "flabbergasted'' when she picked up the phone and heard the star at the other end. 

"It's not every day you get a Hollywood superstar phoning you when you're doing the housework,'' the catering worker told the Sun newspaper. "It was a moment I'll never forget.'' 

Hoffman was in the back of a London taxi driven by Crack's husband, Dave, when he made the call after being told Pamela was a fan. 

Dave Crack later became the star of Hoffman's speech at the glamorous Bafta award ceremony Sunday, where the 62-year-old American actor presented the Best Film award. 

"He said to give him a mention,'' Hoffman told the audience to peals of laughter. "Cheers Dave.''

Cabbie Crack said the Hollywood star was a joy to drive from the moment he got into the taxi munching a cheese and tomato sandwich. 

"I said 'You're that Dustin Hoffman aren't you?' and he said, 'Yes I am -- would you like a sandwich?' I was a bit surprised but I took a toastie from him and tucked in.''

Article © Reuters Limited. Lesson © 2012 www.english-to-go.com

B: Vocabulary Check
Read the meanings of these words and phrases from the article before you continue:

 

C: Sequencing
Put these events from the article in the correct order. (Be careful because two of the events are not true!):

 

D: Finding Information
Answer these questions. Use complete sentences.

  1. What was Hoffman doing when he got in the taxi?
  2. What was Hoffman doing when he talked about David Crack?
  3. What was Hoffman doing when he phoned Pamela Crack?
  4. What was Pamela Crack doing when Hoffman phoned her?
  5. What was David Crack doing when he met Hoffman?

 

E: Language
Write a / an / the or nothing ( - ) in the gaps below:

Pamela Crack, ______ London catering worker, was doing some housework when ______ phone rang. When she answered it she heard ______ voice of Dustin Hoffman. She was very surprised when she realized it was Dustin Hoffman and not ______ joke. Hoffman was in London for ______ Bafta award ceremony. He was presenting ______ Best film award at ______ ceremony.

Crack's husband, Dave, had given Hoffman ______ ride in his taxi. When David Crack told Hoffman that his wife Pamela was ______ big fan Hoffman phoned Pamela.

Hoffman also said hello to Dave when he made his speech at ______ awards on Sunday night. ______ audience laughed when he did this.

 


Post-Reading Activities
You may do one or more of these.

A: Find out...
Find out more about Dustin Hoffman on the internet. First think of what you would like to know about him, and then try to find this information on the internet.

 

B: Write a Letter
You are Pamela Crack or Dave Crack. Your best friend is working in Hong Kong at present and you write to each other every two or three weeks. Write a letter or email to your friend telling him/her about the exciting thing that happened to you.

Use any of these phrases if you wish:

 

C: Vocabulary
This lesson has some words you probably don't know. Read the article again and think about the meanings of the words and phrases below:

  1. Cheers
  2. munching
  3. toastie
  4. to tuck in

TEACHERS' NOTES AND ANSWER KEY
Pre-Reading Activities

A: Short Discussion - Notes
Give students enough time to enjoy this activity and share their ideas. If they are from different cultures it will probably take them some time to explain or describe their choices to other students unless they all choose Hollywood superstars. If you wish, you could tell them what the topic of the discussion will be the day before and ask them to think about this topic for homework.)

A: Comprehension - Answers

  1. a famous American actor
  2. 62
  3. a London catering worker (and a fan of Hoffman's)
  4. 58
  5. Pamela's husband. He is a London taxi driver
  6. An awards ceremony for British Film and Television similar to the American Oscars and Golden Globe awards.

C: Sequencing - Answers

  1. Hoffman got into Crack's taxi.
  2. He talked to David Crack.
  3. He telephoned Pamela Crack.
  4. He presented the Best Film award at the Bafta award ceremony.
  5. He mentioned Dave's name in his speech.
  6. The audience laughed when he mentioned Dave's name.

Untrue: He gave Dave a photograph of himself. He had dinner with Dave and Pamela after the award ceremony.

D: Finding Information - Notes
Students find the answers in the article. They will be required to use the past continuous tense as the activities described were in progress at the time of the question. If you wish, this could lead onto a focus on the past continuous or, conversely, you could begin the lesson with a focus on this tense and then use this activity as reinforcement.

D: Finding Information - Answers

  1. He was eating a cheese and tomato sandwich.
  2. He was presenting the Best Film award.
  3. He was catching a taxi / he was in a taxi / he was riding in a taxi.
  4. She was doing her housework.
  5. He was driving his taxi.

E: Language - Answers
Pamela Crack, a London catering worker, was doing some housework when the phone rang. When she answered it she heard the voice of Dustin Hoffman. She was very surprised when she realized it was Dustin Hoffman and not a joke. Hoffman was in (-) London for the Bafta award ceremony. He was presenting the Best film award at the ceremony.
Crack's husband, Dave, had given Hoffman a ride in his taxi. When David Crack told Hoffman that his wife Pamela was a big fan Hoffman phoned Pamela.
Hoffman also said hello to Dave when he made his speech at the awards on Sunday night. The audience laughed when he did this.

Post-Reading Activities

C: Vocabulary - Answers

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