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Trying something new
Today’s feature focus is really two short lessons. In a class or study group, you could use them for two separate lessons or in a larger class, give one story to each half of your class. There are some interesting points of comparison that you could use to draw the two stories together.
Today’s two stories share a theme — something new, a new challenge – a good theme for the new year that we welcome in just two days.
Getting to know your neighbour
Aaron Kwok’s new challenge is a role in an upcoming TV series aimed to boost Hong Kong tourism. Quickly scan the story to find answers to the following questions:
In the opening paragraph, the writer, Samila Suttisiltum, makes the comparison between The Lord of the Rings, F4 and Meteor Gardens and the new TV series. What did those movies accomplish? Why did she mention Hong Kong? Explain the comparison in your own words.
It will be interesting to read about the new series for the next few months and see if the comparison proves to be true.
Here are two other questions to think about as you read. Kwok was criticised for taking on the role in the series. What did people say was wrong with him doing that? In his own opinion was it a bad thing to do? What reasons did he give to support his opinion.
OUR STORIES FROM THE BANGKOK POST
Parames Rachjaibun has set a new challenge for himself. He wants to change a 150-year-old custom. Quickly scan the story to find the answers to these questions:
If Parames is going to be successful in promoting his merit boxes, he will have to convince people of the benefits (the merits) of the boxes compared with traditional wreaths. After you read, list the advantages of the merit boxes according to:
Considering all those factors, do you think Parames has an idea that people will support? Explain your reasons.
If you have read both stories, or if others in your class or study group have read a different story, compare the challenges these two men face. Which has the greater challenge? Why do you think so? Do you think either or both will reach the goals of their projects? Explain why you think so.
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