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Activity 4

Book club corner

Pichai: The Future of Googlew, Jagmohan S. Bhanver, 2016

My Unbelievably True Life Story, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 2012

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon, Terence Pepper and Helen Trompeteler, 2015
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You are in charge of one book.

Look up information on the Internet about it: author, date of publication, type of book, details about the celebrity (occupation, major achievements…).

Why did she or he immigrate to the US? When?

How is the concept of Brain Drain illustrated by her or his story? Be ready to present the book with just a few notes.

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Share your findings with your classmates and learn about other US immigrants.

What are similarities and differences between them?

Which book would you like to read? Why?

Useful vocabulary: This is a book written by... in... about...
Originally he / she… but at the age of…
She / he is / was famous for... More specifi cally…
Her / his story is inspirational because...
I feel like immigrating to the US...
I seriously consider going to the US because...

▬ Book selection ▬

  • I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action, Jackie Chan, 1998.
  • Dark Lover: The Life and Death of Rudolph Valentino, Emily W. Leider, 2003.
  • It’s Only a Movie: Alfred Hitchcock, A Personal Biography, Charlotte, Chandler, 2006.
  • Dear Cary, My Life with Cary Grant, Dyan Cannon, 2011.
  • Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 2012.
  • Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon, Terence Pepper and Helen Trompeteler, 2015.
  • Pichai: The Future of Google, Jagmohan S. Bhanver, 2016.


  • life changing (adj.)
  • take advantage of / benefit from (v.)
  • turning point (n.)

Over to you!

The life of an immigrant

Let’s use what you have learnt in and / or !

You work for Time magazine and you have to write an article about a famous immigrant who made it in the US.

You can pick an immigrant mentioned on this page or a US immigrant you know about.
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