English Listening Lesson on
 Gangsters

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THE LESSON ON GANGSTERS

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When I was a kid, I thought gangsters were really cool. I loved watching gangster movies. Al Capone was almost like a hero to me. I always wanted the gangster in the movie to escape from the police. The movies made gangsters look like heroes. Now I’m older, I think that’s shocking. How can they glamorize the life of gangsters. Of course, we all know gangsters are dangerous. They are involved in many crimes. They sell drugs, traffic children and run prostitution rings. Many gangsters control politicians and policemen. In fact, in many countries around the world, gangsters become politicians. The funny thing is, even now, when I look at gangster movies, I still think the gangster is the good guy. That’s a little worrying.





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THE ACTIVITIES

LISTENING GAP FILL

When ____________________ , I thought gangsters were really cool. I loved watching gangster movies. Al Capone was almost ____________________ me. I always wanted the gangster in the movie to ____________________ the police. The movies made gangsters look like heroes. Now I’m older, I think that’s shocking. How can they glamorize ____________________ gangsters. Of course, ____________________ gangsters are dangerous. They ____________________ many crimes. They sell drugs, traffic children and run prostitution rings. Many gangsters control politicians and policemen. ____________________ , in many countries around the world, gangsters become politicians. The funny thing is, ____________________ , when I look at gangster movies, ____________________ the gangster is the good guy. That’s a ____________________ .




CORRECT THE SPELLING

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UNJUMBLE THE WORDS

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DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

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STUDENT GANGSTERS SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about gangsters in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

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WRITING

Write about gangsters 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. INTERNET INFO: Search the Internet and find more information about gangsters. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about gangsters. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. GANGSTERS POSTER Make a poster about gangsters. Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

5. MY GANGSTERS LESSON: Make your own English lesson on gangsters. Make sure there is a good mix of things to do. Find some good online activities. Teach the class / another group when you have finished.

6. ONLINE SHARING: Use your blog, wiki, Facebook page, MySpace page, Twitter stream, Del-icio-us / StumbleUpon account, or any other social media tool to get opinions on gangsters. Share your findings with the class.

ANSWERS

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