5 fun facts about Youtube

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(Intro) As I’m sure you know, YouTube is a free video-sharing website. It allows people to upload, watch, and share videos. If you are a user of YouTube, you might be interested in these five interesting facts.

1. YouTube grew very quickly – The month after YouTube was first made it had three million visitors. One year later it had 38 million visitors!

2. More men use YouTube – About 44% of users are female and 56% are male.

3. It is popular with young people – Most YouTube viewers are between 12 and 17 years old.

4. The first to 1 million – In 2005, Nike’s advertisement with the football player Ronaldinho was the first YouTube video to be watched 1 million times.

5. All around the world – Every second there are about 50,000 YouTube videos being watched all around the world.

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SOURCE: http://dreamreader.net/lesson/five-fun-facts-about-youtube/

VOCABULARY: cat

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you use YouTube? Why or why not
  3. Is Youtube a good way to learn English? Why or why not?
  4. What websites to you use often? Why?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. YouTube is a fee free website. (T or F)
  2. How many people visited YouTube’s website the first month?
  3. The number of males and females that use YouTube is the same (T or F)
  4. What company was the first to reach 1 million viewers for an ad?
  5. Videos on YouTube are not watched globally. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • first made (#1)
  • between 12 to 17 years old (#3)
  • the first to one million (#4)
  • all around the world (#5)
  • every second (#5)

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Jackie Chan Finally Has an Oscar

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(P1) Nobody can say he didn’t put the work in. After more than 200 movies in a career that spans more than 50 years, starting when he was a 5-year-old child actor, Jackie Chan was finally awarded an Oscar Sunday night. The 62-year-old was one of four recipients of this year’s Governors Awards, E! Online reports. He was praised by Tom Hanks as “the man that puts the ‘Chan’ in ‘Chan-Tastic,’ because he has worked mostly in martial arts films and action comedies, two genres that have been, for some reason, shall we say, historically underrepresented at the Oscars, a fact that will change if I have any pull on the board of governors.”

(P2) Chan was also introduced by co-stars Michelle Yeoh and Chris Tucker, who called him a “living legend,” People reports. In his acceptance speech at the Hollywood event, Chan praised hometown Hong Kong and all the people who helped him get where he is. “My dad always said, ‘Son, you get so many movie awards in the world, when are you going to get one of these?”, he said. “Then I just look at my dad. ‘Ha, ha, ha. Dad, I only make comedy action movies.'” Casting director Lynn Stalmaster, documentary maker Frederick Wiseman, and film editor Anne V. Coates were also honored.

WORDS: 215

SOURCE: http://www.newser.com/story/233997/jackie-chan-finally-has-an-oscar.html

VOCABULARY: spans, recipients, underrepresented, legend, honored

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. What genres of movies do you like to watch? Why?
  3. Who are some of the famous entertainers from your country? What are they famous for?
  4. What advice has your mother or father given you?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How many years has Chan been acting?
  2. Chan was one of five individuals who received the honorary Oscar award named the Governors Awards. (T or F)
  3. Which two types of movies is Chan known for?
  4. Who presented Chan during the ceremony?
  5. What are the names of the other three individuals recognized with the same award?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • have any pull (P1)
  • acceptance speech (P2)
  • who helped him get where he is (P2)
  • I only make comedy action movies (P2)

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10 Best TV Shows of All Time

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(P1) Getting people to agree on the greatest TV show of all time is about as futile as trying to sway people to your side in a political argument on Facebook. UndauntedRolling Stone adds its thoughts to the mix with what it calls its “definitive ranking of the game-changing small-screen classics.” The magazine polled actors, writers, producers, critics, and showrunners. It even got Garry Marshall’s picks before he died in July. With absolutely any show eligible, “from the black-and-white rabbit-ears years to the binge-watching peak-TV era.” In the No. 1 slot: the “inspiring, terrifying mess” that was HBO’s The Sopranos. Here, the top 10 boob-tube winners:

  1. The Sopranos
  2. The Wire
  3. Breaking Bad
  4. Mad Men
  5. Seinfeld
  6. The Simpsons
  7. The Twilight Zone
  8. Saturday Night Live
  9. All in the Family
  10. The Daily Show

WORDS: 140

SOURCE: http://www.newser.com/story/231819/10-best-tv-shows-of-all-time.html

VOCABULARY: futile, sway, undaunted, game-changing, showrunners, binge

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do or did you watch any of these shows in the top 10? If so, which one is your favorite? Why?
  3. What is your favorite TV show today? Why?
  4. Why do some people watch TV a lot nowadays?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Who created the list of the 10 best TV shows of all time?
  2. Rolling Stone magazine only polled people who work in the industry. (T or F)
  3. Who participated in the poll before he passed away?
  4. What’s another name given to the television in the article?
  5. Which show came in 6th place?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • adds its thoughts to the mix
  • black-and-white rabbit-ears years
  • binge watching peak-TV era
  • boob-tube

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Pakistan cinemas ban Indian movies

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(P1) India and Pakistan have bad relations. They have argued for many years over borders in Kashmir. The latest disagreement is about movies and actors. Pakistan’s biggest cinemas have banned Indian movies in Pakistan’s big cities. Cinema owners say the ban is to support Pakistani soldiers risking their lives in Kashmir. The ban is because Indian moviemakers stopped Pakistani actors from working in Bollywood movie studios in Mumbai.

(P2) Bollywood movies are very popular in Pakistan. Cinemas will lose a lot of money. People will stay at home. Pakistani actors will also lose money. They will get less money from making movies in Pakistan than in Bollywood. Pakistani actors said it was time to stop working in Bollywood. Actor Hamza Ali Abbasi said: “Pakistani artists must boycott Bollywood.” Movie star Agha Ali agreed. He said: “I think it should have been done a long time ago.”

WORDS: 144

SOURCE: http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1610/161002-indian-movies-1.html

VOCABULARY: argued, borders, disagreement, risking, moviemakers, boycott

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you watch Bollywood movies? Why or why not?
  3. Do you think the Pakistani actors should boycott Bollywood? Why or why not?
  4. Have you ever visited Pakistan or India? If so, tell me about it. If not, would you like to visit those countries?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Which area do Pakistan and India fight over?
  2. What is the most recent argument between Pakistan and India?
  3. Who stopped actors from Pakistan from acting in Mumbai?
  4. The Cinema owners in Pakistan are the only ones who will lose money. (T or F)
  5. Who said Pakistani actors need to stop acting in Bollywood?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • bad relations (P1)
  • will get less money (P2)
  • time to stop working (P2)
  • a long time ago (P2)

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Sully Lands a Win

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(P1) Sully took flight in theaters this weekend and has landed with a solid $35.5 million to take the top spot at the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Clint Eastwood-directed film about the Miracle on the Hudson stars Tom Hanks as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who made an emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009, minutes after taking off. The Warner Bros. film cost a reported $60 million to produce and scored particularly well with audiences, reports the AP; it’s also the best debut for Eastwood as director, notes USA Today.

(P2) Taking second place with $15 million is the Screen Gems thriller When the Bough Breaks starring Morris Chestnut and Regina Hill. Holdovers Don’t Breathe and Suicide Squad took spots three and four, while the animated The Wild Life opened in fifth with a dim $3.4 million.

WORDS: 145

SOURCE: http://www.newser.com/story/230921/sully-lands-a-win.html

VOCABULARY: top spot, box office, particularly, debut, holdovers, dim

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Did you or will you watch this movie? Why or why not?
  3. Do you think Captain Sullenberger is a hero? Why or why not?
  4. How do you think you would have felt if you were on the flight that landed in the Hudson River?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Who is the director of the movie, Sully?
  2. What is the number of the flight Captain Sullenberger landed in the Hudson River?
  3. Clint Eastwood has directed other movies that have done better when introduced. (T or F)
  4. How much money did the runner up film make?
  5. Which two movies did not debut, but made the box office list?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • took flight in the theaters (P1)
  • minutes after taking off (P1)
  • scored particularly well with audiences (P1)
  • The Wild Life opened in fifth (P2)

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Image source: by Keith Bernstein http://www.newser.com/story/230921/sully-lands-a-win.html

Gene Wilder Dead at 83

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(P1) Gene Wilder, the iconic star of such comedy classics as Young Frankenstein and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, is dead at age 83. The actor’s nephew tells Variety Wilder died at his Stamford Connecticut home of Alzheimer’s complications Monday. Jordan Walker-Pearlman says in a statement that Wilder’s family was “lucky”: “This illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality.”

(P2) The family did not disclose Wilder’s illness not because of “vanity,” the statement continues, “but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him ‘there’s Willy Wonka.” He would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble. They didn’t want delight to travel to worry, disappointment, or confusion. Mr. Wilder simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.” Variety notes that Wilder did not work regularly after the death of his wife, Gilda Radner, from ovarian cancer in 1989, but he did win an Emmy in 2003 for a guest role on Will & Grace. He is survived by his fourth wife, Karen Boyer whom he married in 1991.

WORDS: 203

SOURCE: http://www.newser.com/story/230331/gene-wilder-dead-at-83.html

VOCABULARY: iconic, complications, affirming, disclose, vanity, bear

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. If you had Alzheimer’s, would you want to go out in public? Why or why not?
  3. Do you think there will ever be a cure for Alzheimer’s? Why or why not?
  4. Who are some other iconic actors and actresses you know?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Mr. Wilder was a co-star in the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. (T or F)
  2. What did Mr. Wilder die from?
  3. The public knew Mr. Wilder had Alzheimer’s. (T or F)
  4. Who was Mr. Wilder married to who later died of cancer?
  5. How many times was Mr. Wilder married?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • such comedy classics (P1)
  • illness-pirate (P1)
  • core personality (P1)
  • countless young children (P2)
  • call out (P2)
  • guest role (P2)

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Minion attacks

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Minions were first introduced in the movie “Despicable Me” five years ago. Now, they have their own film.

People put a 12-meter tall inflatable Minion in North Dublin. It blew onto a busy road and brought the traffic to a standstill. Thankfully, nobody was injured in the Minion attack.

WORDS: 49

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/tourist-bus-on-fire-level-1/

VOCABULARY: introduced, despicable, inflatable, blew, standstill, injured

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you like to watch movies? Why or why not?
  3. Do you want to see the Minion movie? Why or why not?
  4. Are Minions popular in your country? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Minions first appeared in their own movie 5 years ago. (T or F)
  2. How high is the Minion?
  3. Where does this event take place?
  4. The accident caused a traffic jam. (T or F)
  5. How many people were hurt?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • were first introduced (P1)
  • five years ago (P1)
  • 12-meter tall (P2)
  • nobody was injured (P2)

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