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Unit 16
8 • The Past in the present

The Royals
United Kingdom Flag

Does the media frenzy reinforce or challenge the Royals’ stability?



Brainstorming question

3
Why are British people so attached to the Royal family?

Elizabeth II making a Christmas broadcast, by Hulton-Deutsch Collection / Corbis, 1952.
Elizabeth II making a Christmas broadcast, by Hulton-Deutsch Collection / Corbis, 1952.

IDIOM of the week!


The Queen's English

The Queen's English
When the monarch in the United Kingdom is a king, it is called the King’s English.

This is not any kind of English but the one spoken by the ruling monarch.

Brainstorming question

1
What is the role of the British Royal Family today?

Brainstorming question

2
How are they represented in the media?

Your final project


Report on a Royal event, and question its impact on the stability of the British Monarchy.
Ready
Voir les réponses

3
Listen to this report explaining what happens when a British monarch dies. Be ready to present it.
How the British media are already prepared for Queen Elizabeth's death

Workbook p. 109

4
PAIR WORK
Read the brainstorming questions below and discuss them with your neighbour.

5
IDIOM
Read the idiom of the week on the page below. With the photo and the culture note, guess its meaning.


Let's learn!

Pictionary

Select five words from the vocabulary lists below and use drawings to make your neighbour guess them.

Toolbox

Toolbox
  • old-fashioned / traditional ≠ modern (adj.)
  • even if / although /ɔːlˈðəʊ/ (adv.)
  • look realistic / alive (exp.)
  • portrait / a painting / canvas (n.)
  • contrast with (v.)
  • look ≠ look like / resemble /rɪˈzɛmbəl/ (v.)
  • unveil / discover (v.)


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit Australia, by Chris Jackson, 2018.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit Australia, by Chris Jackson, 2018.

The Royal Family


The Royal Family

1
  • be at the head of / be crowned (v.)
  • celebrate / praise / adore (v.)
  • cheer / applaud (v.)
  • despise /dɪ'spaɪz/ / reject / attack (v.)
  • rule (v.) = govern the country / lead the kingdom /'kɪŋdəm/ / (exp.)
  • support / defend the monarchy /ˈmɒnəkɪ/ / (exp.)
  • wear a crown /ˈkraʊn/ / tiara /tiˈɑːrə/ (exp.)

4
  • Big Ben (n.pr.)
  • Buckingham Palace (n.pr.) → the Queen's residence
  • Westminster /ˈwɛstmɪnstə/ (n.pr.)
  • Windsor Castle /ˈkɑːsəl/ (n.pr.)
  • 10 Downing Street (n.pr.) → the residence of the British Prime Minister (PM)

3
  • comfortable / relaxed (adj.)
  • happy / joyful / pleased (adj.)
  • harassed (adj.) by paparazzi
  • popular / admired / beloved /bɪ'lʌvɪd/ / celebrated (adj.)
  • shy/ timid (adj.)
  • stubborn / headstrong (adj.)
  • sulky / irritable / uptight (adj.)
  • traditional ≠ mordern (adj.)

2
  • grandchild / grandchildren (n.)
  • grandmother (n.)
  • great-grandchild (n.)
  • great-grandmother (n.)
  • heir /ˈɛə/ / succession (n.)
  • monarch / queen / king (n.)
  • sovereign /'sɒvrɪn/ (.n)

Step 3


Create and present a tabloid cover.
Activity 5
Activity 6

Get ready!

Voir les réponses
1
Look at the vocabulary below.

a. Memorise as many words as possible. Then, find other words to complete it. Use the toolbox.

b. Give a title to each box.

2
Look at the picture above.
a. What strikes you?

b. Is it a traditional or a modern view of monarchy? Why?

On your way to the task - Step 1


Lead a flash news report.
Activity 1
Activity 2

Step 2


Share your thoughts by taking part in a street interview (vox-pop).
Activity 3
Activity 4
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