Illustration: American Idol Season 2 contestants perform a song during the show’s grand finale on May 21, 2003 at the

Universal Amphitheatre in Burbank, California. Finalist Ruben Studdard (with cap) won the competition. American Idol, formally known as American Idol: The Search for a Superstar, is an American interactive reality television show which started on June 11, 2002. It is a replica of the British show Pop Idol, a singing talent contest that determines the best young singer in the country. American Idol has become one of the most highly publicized music competitions in the world. Its success inspired other countries to produce identical shows, where hopeful contestants are required to sing a capella and are screened by a merciless jury in search of the best. American Idol, formally known as American Idol: The Search for a Superstar, is an American interactive reality television show which started on June 11, 2002. It is a replica of the British show Pop Idol, a singing talent contest that determines the best young singer in the country. American Idol has become one of the most highly publicized music competitions in the world. Its success inspired other countries to produce identical shows, where hopeful contestants are required to sing a capella and are screened by a merciless jury in search of the best. Les élèves devineront aisément de quel genre de programme il s’agit : une émission similaire existe en France (logo, couleurs du décor) sous le nom de À la recherche de la Nouvelle Star. It is obvious that American Idol is a TV show in which thousands of budding singers, some of them quite talented / gifted, are auditioned in a search for the best singers in the country… The contestants have to perform in front of a live audience and a jury composed of singers, musicians and producers… As the weeks go by, contestants are voted off / out / eliminated until there is only one left… It seems to me that those who embark on such shows have a lust for fame / glory… They know that this TV show will be broadcast throughout the whole country for several weeks in a row… They crave (for) fame and fortune / want to become rich and famous / to be in the spotlight… They dream of becoming the next teen(age) idol / icon / the nation’s favourite / most popular singer… To my mind, many of them are fulfilling a lifelong dream: to become a role model and a star… This TV show is the shortest road to fame / the fastest way of becoming rich and famous… They will do their best to achieve their goal… All these contestants seem happy and exhilarated… They had probably never imagined that they would be singing in front of a live audience one day… Their dream has come true / been fulfilled… They are on the road to success… Some of them have stars in their eyes… They are full of hope and expectations… The world is their oyster and they hope they will reach the audience and make the headlines… Cette question personnelle sera l’occasion pour les élèves de confronter leurs points de vue. Ils devront justifier leurs idées en utilisant les structures suivantes : cause, donner son opinion, accord, désaccord, aimer, ne pas aimer, être indifférent, préférer (Outils, p. 231-232) : For my part, I like / enjoy watching such programmes: they give us the opportunity to discover talented / gifted singers / artists… It is fun / interesting to see amateur singers / artists become almost professional… We can see them get better / improve from week to week… We feel we are part of their lives… As for me, I am not really keen on watching such programmes… We know perfectly well that these young performers will never become real artists… Such programmes are a cash cow for television producers… I disagree with TV producers who impose such programmes on TV viewers… These shows are only meant to make money / push up the ratings… In addition viewers have to pay a high price for the call when they phone to vote… I’d rather watch movies or documentaries that will teach me more… Cette question permettra aux élèves de rebrasser les structures de l’opinion (Outils, p. 232), ainsi que les mots de liaison (Outils, p. 235-236) : In my opinion, such programmes are successful / a hit worldwide because they enable everyone who has a little talent, or sometimes no talent at all, to appear on prime-time television… Such programmes imply / mean that anyone anywhere can become famous… Even those who have no real talent may achieve fame one day… What’s more / Moreover, TV viewers like watching real people on television… They feel that this is real life / they can interact with them… They enjoy having the power to vote contestants off or “save” them… People also love watching stars in the making… Such shows appeal to a wide audience, whatever

their age…

Corrigé de la fiche Check your Keywords (Livre du professeur, p. 362)
A. 1. One of the purposes / goals of reality TV shows / programmes is to gain the best possible media coverage. 2. The media are often criticized for manipulating TV viewers and listeners in order to get good ratings. 3. The programme which / that was broadcast last night targeted young (TV) viewers, but it neither achieved its goal nor convinced journalists. 4. Many / A lot of / Lots of programmes for young people shape the opinion of easily influenced teenagers and are not reliable. 5. The news anchorwoman will be on the air tomorrow evening at 8pm. 6. The minister’s divorce made the headlines of the tabloids. 7. Some programmes only try to entertain the public whereas / while others convey a message, inform the public and raise awareness of real issues. B. 1. impartial biased – 2. se méfier de trust C. 1. sensational – 2. denounce – 3. series – 4. channel – 5. journalism – 6. Propaganda

The blame game
This picture shows African-Americans moving down a flooded street… Six women and children, maybe from the same family, are on a motorboat… The boat is being pulled by two men who are wading through waist-high water… This picture was taken after severe flooding… The date and place tell us that the picture was probably taken in early September 2005, shortly after hurricane Katrina hit the coast of Louisiana, almost completely destroying the city of New Orleans and leaving thousands of people / flood victims destitute and homeless… striking (l. 1) – flooding (l. 5) – overwhelmed (l. 7) – challenge (l. 10) – looting (l. 11) – squalid (l. 12) – overwhelming (l. 13) – sharply (l. 14) – warn about (l. 18) 2 1 Illustration: New Orleans, Louisiana – August 30, 2005: People on Canal Street use a boat to get to higher ground as water begins to fill the streets. Thousands of people were left homeless after Hurricane Katrina hit the area.

Keywords

Part 1 : Watch until 1 06 : Identify the person presented. How does he feel about it now? What do you know about 60 minutes? What decisions has he made? What did he have to do for many years(3)? GRAMMAR: The present perfect: Subject+has/have+en. Something that started in the past and is still true today or which results you can see. Example: Michael Jordan has decided to stop playing basket ball. It’s a decision that he made in the past and which has still consequences in his life. Choose between the simple past and the present perfect:

1. A: Did you like the movie "Star Wars?" B: I don't know. I (see, never) that movie. 2. Sam (arrive) week ago. in San Diego a

since I (be)

a kid.

6. Things (change) a great deal at Coltech, Inc. When we first (start) working here three years ago, the company (have, only) six employees. Since then, we (expand) to include more than 2000 fulltime workers. 7. I (tell) him to stay on the path while he was hiking, but he (wander) off into the forest and (be) bitten by a snake.

3. My best friend and I (know) each other for over fifteen years. We still get together once a week. 4. Stinson is a fantastic writer. He (write) ten very creative short stories in the last year. One day, he'll be as famous as Hemingway. 5. I (have, not) this much fun

8. Listen Donna, I don't care if you (miss) the bus this morning. You (be) late to work too many times. You are fired! 9. Sam is from Colorado, which is hundreds of miles from the coast, so he (see, never) the ocean. He should come with us to Miami. 10. How sad! George (dream) of

going to California before he died, but he didn't make it. He (see, never) ocean. the

Part 2. Watch 3.45 What did Michael Jordan become over the years for the public? Which famous team did he play for? How many championships did he win? How much are people prepared to pay to have a training session with Michael Jordan?

GRAMMAR. The superlatives/comparatives.

To the end. What does the name Michael Jordan allow him to do? Has he always been successful? What is his advice to parents concerning failure and success? What about his advice to his son? GRAMMAR: express advice. He calls himself a “competitive junkie”. What does it means according to you? How much money does he own now? Has he ever dreamt of being that successful? What is the country t hat saw his deeds? (actions) YOU. How powerful do you think dreams can be? How important is the influence of your family on your choices of career?

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