2ndes Unit 1 – Youv’e Got Talent! Cartoon Study + debate arguments

HW for Friday 26th.

Be ready to debate !

Prepare arguments & opinion markers

‘ I totally agree ! No way! … ‘

Cartoon Study correction

Wednesday, September 24th.

Cartoon study.

‘Reality’ TV doesn’t really show the reality.

Contrary to ‘orphans in Africa’ or Middle East shows which are documentaries or news shows and show real events.

On Cartoon A the man is in front of his TV. He looks fat and angry, his face is red and his nose is big so he is a caricature of the average looser / couch potato.

On Cartoon B there is a couple in front of the TV. The man is a teacher. He is disappointed to see his students take part in a Reality Show. For him it’s a failure, he thinks he wasn’t a good teacher.

Cartoon C looks the same as cartoon A but the character is a kid instead of a man.

The kid and the potato couch both find that Reality TV are interesting shows, they enjoy watching it whereas the teacher doesn’t approve of it. The teacher disagrees with the other characters on Reality TV shows.

  • Orphans : orphelins
  • Middle East: Moyen Orient
  • events: évènements
  • failure: échec
  • average: moyen
  • instead of: au lieu de
  • agree with: être d’accord
  • to disagree with so. on sthg: ne pas être d’accord avec qq’un à propos de qqchose
  • both find: tous les 2 trouvent
  • enjoy: like
  • approve of : approuver
  • disappointed: déçu
  • character: personnage
  • whereas : tandis que


Student 1 – You’re a teenager. You’re addicted to reality TV shows.

Student 2 – You’re a dad. You disapprove of Reality TV shows.

Student 3 – You’re a teacher. You think Reality TV shows are a good debate topic.

Prepare arguments & opinion markers


Teenagers in favor of Reality TV shows.

  • – funny to watch the contestants clash / argue / trick the others or cheat ( Ex. Big Brother)
  • – there’s always something happening / new challenges / treasure hunts ( Survivor / Koh Lanta)
  • – there are cute / good-looking / sexy / attractive guys / girls ( Temptation Island / the Bachelor )
  • – some contestants are so stupid it’s hilarious
  • – in some shows they tell the viewer about monuments or cultural sights of the region ( the Amazing Race / Pékin Express)
  • – when we watch Reality TV shows, time flies
  • – it’s relaxing and entertaining
  • – you don’t have to think too much / easy to understand

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 10.20.18

Teachers who are in two minds about Reality Tv

  • – it’s controversial so it makes students talk
  • – it’s good language practice because the contestants have authentic accents
  • – it’s not very challenging in terms of contents
  • – it’s good debate practice
  • – important ‘cultural’ phenomenon in today’s society

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 10.26.58Dad (parents) who disapprove of Reality TV shows

– contestants are stupid

– there’s no intellectual / cultural contents

– it’s killing your brain / mind-numbing

– a complete waste of time

– written in advance / scripted drama

– fake

-violent / rude / shocking / vulgar / indecent


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