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Stage 11

An interview

1 . Ouça com atenção algumas informações sobre um ator chamado Benjamin Lapage e tente lembrar-se do máximo que puder.

2 . Agora leia o artigo e compare-o com o que você ouviu. Há oito erros no texto. Será que você consegue encontrá-los e corrigi-los?

Benjamin Lapage

Benjamin Lapage was born on 3 April 1973. His parents came from a very rich background, and decided that Benjamin should have a better chance in life. They wanted him to become a teacher or a lawyer, and started saving money so they could send their son to college. But Ben showed no interest in college. Instead, he spent all his pocket money on going to the theatre and the cinema. He set his heart on becoming an artist. His parents, reluctantly, refused to support him.

He made his first professional appearance in the theatre when he was 18 years old, where he was spotted by film director Marty Granita. He made his first television appearance at the age of 19 –when he had a small part in Growing Young, which became one of the most successful films of all time. Between the ages of 19 and 26, he made another 30 films, including Marshlife, for which he was nominated for several awards. With his new wealth, he moved from his room in his parents’ small flat to a beachside mansion, where he still lives.

A committed and passionate environmentalist, Ben has given much of his time to environmental organisations. He has also written a best-selling novel, Front Door, and has even recorded two CDs.

3 . Ouça a entrevista de rádio com Benjamin Lapage e responda às perguntas a seguir.

1 Choose the best word to complete this sentence.

The interviewer congratulates Benjamin on / to / with his latest film.

2 The interviewer briefly mentions Benjamin’s new film. Does he

a) describe the story?

b) recommend it to other people?

c) confirm that it is already on at the cinema?

3 How does Benjamin feel about the films he has made so far?

a) They were fun to make.

b) He is bored with them.

4 Benjamin wanted to make a film that was more

a) amusing.

b) difficult.

c) serious.

5 How does Benjamin feel about the future of the world environment?

a) excited

b) optimistic

c) pessimistic

6 Benjamin says that if everybody used a bicycle instead of a car, the condition

of the environment would be sure to get better. What does this mean?

a) The condition of the environment might improve.

b) The condition of the environment is likely to improve.

c) The condition of the environment will definitely improve.

20 minutes+

Aqui estão algumas das respostas de Benjamin retiradas da entrevista que ele concedeu. Escreva a pergunta que você acha que o entrevistador fez para cada resposta.

1 …………………………………………………………

Yes, two brothers and one sister.

2 …………………………………………………………

Apart from acting, I like photography, cookery and travelling.

3 …………………………………………………………

I’m mad about Mexican food, but I’ll eat anything.

4 …………………………………………………………

No, never. I’ve always wanted to go sailing, but I’ve never had the time.

5 …………………………………………………………

Yes, I’m frightened of snakes and spiders.


Word Bank

beachside (substantivo) = beira-mar

committed (adjetivo) = empenhado, comprometido

environmentalist (substantivo) = ambientalista

nominated (verbo) = indicado

passionate (adjetivo) = apaixonado

pocket money (RU) / allowance (EUA) (substantivo) = mesada, semanada

wealth (substantivo) = riqueza


Respostas:

Exercício 2

1 April – May

2 rich – poor

3 teacher – doctor

4 artist – actor

5 refused – agreed

6 television – film

7 30 – 20

8 beachside – riverside

Exercício 3

1 on

2 b

3 a

4 c

5 b

6 b

20 minutes+

1 Have you got any brothers and sisters?

2 Have you got any hobbies? / What do you like doing in your free time?

3 What kind of food do you like?

4 Have you ever been sailing?

5 Is there anything you are frightened of?