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Crazy Rich Asians

Pre-Reading Activities

A: Short Discussion
Your teacher will give you some questions. Work in pairs and take turns to answer them.

Reading Activities

A: Understanding The Main Idea
Read Part One of today's article. Answer the questions.
1. What movie was made in Singapore?
2. According to the article, in what other places in the world do rich people live more exciting lives?
3. What will the rest of the article give information about?

Part One:
Five 'Crazy Rich Asian' ways to splash your cash in Singapore

August 15, SINGAPORE (Reuters) - ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is filmed in Singapore. Rich people from Singapore usually live a more conservative life than the rich of Hong Kong or Macau.

Here are five ways to spend your cash in Singapore. [Continued.../]

Article © 2018 Thomson Reuters Limited. Lesson © 2018 www.english-to-go.com


B: Completing A Table Of Information
Your teacher will give you a part of today's article. Use your part of the article to complete this table of information:

What the article recommends the rich buy:  
How much it costs:  
Description of it:  


C: Sharing Information
Work with other students to complete this table describing the 5 things the article suggests the rich could buy in Singapore.

What the article recommends the rich buy:     What the article recommends the rich buy:  
How much it costs:   How much it costs:  
Description of it:   Description of it:  
What the article recommends the rich buy:     What the article recommends the rich buy:  
How much it costs:   How much it costs:  
Description of it:   Description of it:  
What the article recommends the rich buy:  
How much it costs:  
Description of it:  


D: Comparing Items
Work in small groups. Use your information from Reading Activity C to match the items with the descriptions below:

the most expensive item:  
the rarest item:  
the item which the customer could make look different from others:  
the prettiest item:  
the item which your whole family could enjoy:  
the healthiest item:  
the item which will only last a short time:  
the most environmentally friendly item:  
the fastest item:  
the most delicious item:  

Post-Reading Activities
You may do one or more of these.

A: What Do You Think?
Work in pairs and answer these questions:
1. Which item would you most like to have? Why?
2. Which item are you not very interested in? Why?
3. Which item do you think is the most wasteful? Why?
4. Imagine you could choose one item for your teacher. Which one would you choose? Why?

B: Extended Reading
Here is today's complete article. Read it and find words you do not know the meanings of. Try to work out the meanings of these words by looking at where the word is in a sentence, what kind of word it is, what the other words mean etc.

Five 'Crazy Rich Asian' ways to splash your cash in Singapore
August 15, SINGAPORE (Reuters) - ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is filmed in Singapore. Rich people from Singapore usually live a more conservative life than the rich of Hong Kong or Macau.

Here are five ways to spend your cash in Singapore.

1. ORCHID-SHAPED SUPERCARS
Cars in Singapore are some of the most expensive in the world, because of very high government taxes. The government tries to limit the number of cars on the island.

For the super-rich, Singapore-based company Vanda Electrics has an electric supercar - Dendrobium. Its roof and doors open at the same time so the car looks like a Singaporean orchid.

In 2017 the company launched a a show car. It cost around 3 million euros ($3.44 million) before tax but Vanda says the final price of the car will probably be lower.

2. YACHTS WITH SUBMARINES
Another way to spend money is to buy a yacht.

Phill Gregory is the Singapore head of yacht dealers Simpson Marine selling superyachts costing tens of millions of dollars.

Gregory said clients from Singapore have an eye for style - sometimes he flies them to Europe to decorate a yacht with luxury furniture from Milan or world-famous marble from the quarries of Carrara.

Others have more unusual ideas such as a 'beach club style' lounge area under a swimming pool, helipads, or a space to park a small submarine or sea-plane.

3. 999 ROSES
The iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel - which looks like a giant surfboard on 3 tall columns - shows in the film's trailer. The hotel has an invitation-only Chairman's suite of rooms. It is the largest in Singapore. It has its own gym, hair salon and karaoke room. Some media say it costs over $15,000 a night.

George Roe, director of hotel operations, says one guest asked for a delivery of 999 roses to a residential address in Singapore as a surprise.

4. RARE BEEF
“You do realize Singapore is the most food obsessed country on the planet?,” Nick Young of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ tells his girlfriend Rachel Chu....

Wolfgang Puck's restaurant CUT is the only restaurant in Singapore to offer Hokkaido snow beef. The snow beef is even harder to find than Kobe beef. Only 2 cattle are used from a private reserve in Japan every month. CUT gets about 20-30 steaks a month. The current price is S$330 ($240) for a 170 gram serving.

5. GOLD TEA
Forget wearing gold - in Singapore you can drink it.

Boutique Singaporean tea company TWG Tea says it sells one of the world’s most expensive teas - a white tea plated with 24-karat gold which costs S$19,000 ($14,000) a kilo.

The tea is called Grand Golden Yin Zhen. The gold is said to be very good for the skin.
Article © 2018 Thomson Reuters Limited. Lesson © 2018 www.english-to-go.com




TEACHERS' NOTES AND ANSWER KEY

Pre-Reading Activities

A: Short Discussion - Notes
Make copies of the questions below. There should be one set for each pair or groups of students. Students put the questions face down on the table and then take turns to answer a question.

A: Short Discussion - TEXTS TO BE COPIED AND GIVEN TO STUDENTS

Reading Activities

A: Understanding The Main Idea - Answers
1. 'Crazy Rich Asians', 2. Macau and Hong Kong, 3. how to spend money in Singapore.

B:  Completing A Table Of Information - Notes
Make copies of the texts below. There are 5 different texts so each student in a group of 5 could have a different text. If necessary, some students could have more than one text. You may like to ask students with the same text to sit together first to complete Reading Activity B. This gives you a chance to circulate and help with difficult vocabulary and check that students are filling in the table correctly.

B:  Completing A Table Of Information - TEXTS TO BE COPIED AND GIVEN TO STUDENTS




B:  Completing A Table Of Information - Sample Answers
Student A: Text 1
What the article recommends the rich buy: an electric supercar, Dendrobium
How much it costs:
3 million euros ($3.44 million) or lower
Description of it: electric car; doors and roof open at the same time to look like a Singaporean orchid
Student B: Text 2
What the article recommends the rich buy: a superyacht / a yacht with a submarine
How much it costs: tens of millions of dollars
Description of it: it can have Italian luxury furniture or marble; customers may have unusual ideas like wanting a helipad or a space to park a submarine etc
Student C: Text 3
What the article recommends the rich buy: a night at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel (or 999 roses)
How much it costs: the Chairman's suite costs $15,000 a night (although there is no public price available)
Description of it: it has its own gym, hair salon and karaoke room
Student D: Text 4
 What the article recommends the rich buy: a Hokkaido snow beef steak from restaurant CUT
How much it costs:
S$330 ($240) for a 170 gram serving
Description of it: the Hokkaido beef is even scarcer than Kobe beef.  It comes from cattle from a private Japanese reserve; only 2 cows are used each month.
Student E: Text 5
What the article recommends the rich buy: a tea from TWG Tea in Singapore
How much it costs: S$19,000 ($14,000) a kilo
Description of it: a white tea that has 24-karat gold called Grand Golden Yin Zhen. The gold is advertised as good for the skin.

C: Sharing Information - Notes
Students now use the information from their separate texts to help each other complete this table of information. They can either sit in groups and report to each other or else mingle in a class activity which would offer more opportunities for meaningful interaction.

D:  Comparing Items - Answers
Answers will vary. Allow more than one answer, provided students can find evidence from the article to support their idea.

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