SoapOperasLevel 4What is your favourite TV show?
Do you watch it on TV or do you watch it online?
What is it about?Tell us about a TV show that you hate.
Do your friends like it? Is it popular in Brazil?
What do you hate about it?How many different genres of TV programmes can you name?
What kind of programmes do you usually watch?
What kind are most popular in Brazil?Do you know the difference between soap operas and telenovelas?Read on to find out...
As you read, choose the correct prepositions to complete the gaps.
Then decide if each sentence describes soap operas or telenovelas.?????? are most popular ___ Latin America.
?????? are most popular ___ the USA, the UK, and Australia. Telenovelas are most popular in Latin America.
Soap operas are most popular in the USA, the UK, and Australia. ?????? are ___ indefinite length, and often run continuously for decades.
?????? have a preplanned duration, and typically run ___ about six months to a year. Soap operas are of indefinite length, and often run continuously for decades.
Telenovelas have a preplanned duration, and typically run for about six months to a year. ?????? usually rely ___ multiple storylines and an ever-rotating cast of characters.
?????? typically have a main story-arc and conclusion planned ___ the start. Soap operas usually rely on multiple storylines and an ever-rotating cast of characters.
Telenovelas typically have a main story-arc and conclusion planned from the start. ?????? are usually written so that viewers can relate ___ the realistic depictions ___ the working class, middle class and upper class.
They tend to deal ___ controversial topics, and often provoke heated debate.
Both telenovelas and soap operas are usually written so that viewers can relate to the realistic depictions of the working class, middle class and upper class.
They tend to deal with controversial topics, and often provoke heated debate.
Do you agree that telenovelas show an accurate depiction of Brazilian society? Why (not)?
Do you agree that telenovelas are controversial and provoke heated debate? Why (not)?
Here are a few examples of debates that telenovelas have provoked in Brazil.Child actors were forbidden from appearing in Laos de Famlia (2000) because the novela was not suitable for young children. Whats your opinion about children who work as actors?
Do you think children should be allowed to appear on shows that are not age appropriate? Why (not)?Several novelas have depicted characters who suffer from eating disorders, such as Pginas da Vida (2005) and Viver a Vida (2009).If you found out that a close friend of yours was suffering from an eating disorder, what would you do?
How important is it to develop healthy eating habits from a young age? Why? Paulo Jos played and alcoholic father in Por Amor (1997): his drinking problems were a strain on his family and career. Do you think the government has a responsibility towards people who suffer from addiction? Why (not)?
If so, what can be done to help? If not, who should be responsible for dealing with this type of problem?In Amrica (2005) the main character Sol (Deborah Secco) joins a group of people who go to the U.S. to live as illegal immigrants. Why do you think people decide to live illegally in a different country?
Would you like to live abroad? If no, why not? If yes, what sacrifices would you be willing to make? End of activity
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