Role-models and Ideals

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Autor: Dievča verca123 (26)
Typ práce: Maturita
Dátum: 13.09.2013
Jazyk: Angličtina
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Role-models and Ideals
 
Pictures
- Which of these well-known people in the pictures are role models for you? What do you value in them? What are the qualities of those you do not admire?

- How would you describe these idols? Characterise them. Do you also have your own idol? What qualities do you admire most in these people? What qualities should people in the pictures have?

- Do you recognize the people in the pictures? Why did they become famous? How would you describe them? Would they be suitable role models for you? Choose one role model and describe his/her personality and achievements.

Discussion
- What type of people do you get along with best?
- What quality do you admire most in people and which one do you think the most objectionable?
- What do you consider to be your good and bad qualities?
- What qualities should people on the following occupations have? /a teacher, a judge, a doctor/
- Which of these qualities are most important to you? Put them in order of importance and support your choice. /outgoing, self-confident, dominant, proud, critical, fussy, realistic, reliable, rebellious, tolerant/
- Is it important for young people to have a person they admire? Why?
- Which qualities are the most important for you while choosing friends?
- There are many real heroes in everyday situations. Make a list of some professions where people sacrifice every day.
- Put these words into order depending on their importance in life: money, character, friendship and looks.
- How important is it for a young person to have an idol? What character traits should be admired?
- Are you aware of your vices? Do you do anything to get rid of them?
- Which person do you admire most? Why?
- What qualities should/shouldn’t your future partner have? Why?
- Who do you admire from real or literary heroes?
- Who are the idols of your generation? Why do you think teenagers choose these people to be their idols?
- Do you have your idols? Who are they? Why do you admire them?
- How can people become heroes in everyday situations? Think about real or literary ones.
- Do you think you have the right qualities to be a hero for somebody? Why? Why not?
- Why, in your opinion, are some people obsessed with celebrities? What qualities, both positive and negative, do celebrities have that influence ordinary people’s lives?
- What qualities do you expect form celebrities? Would you like to be an ideal for somebody? If so, what are the qualities you should be admired for?
- What qualities do you think a person needs to be able to risk his life for someone else?
- How many idols have you had so far? Why did you choose them to be your idols?
- Do you think that popular people should be role models?

Role-plays and simulations
1. Do you think that Robo Mikla is a suitable idol for young teenagers? Support your opinion. /Simulation/
 
2. Make a list of five personalities you admire. Compare yourself, your characteristics with your idol. /Simulation/
 

- You are a good friend of a well-known singer in your country that, in your opinion, sets bad example to children and teenagers because he is always drunk, takes drugs and often appears in public with weird people. Explain him what he should/shouldn’t do to become a good idol for young people. /Role-play/

- Your thirteen-year-old brother is going to leave home because he considers your parents not understanding and tolerant enough to his friends and interests. Persuade him to stay, explaining how much your „old folks“struggle to get by. /Role-play/

- How would you describe yourself? How would your mother/your friend describe you? Is there anything you would like to change about yourself? How has your character changed in the last five years? What kind of person would you like to become? /Simulation/

- A: Imagine that you could live someone else’s life for some time. Think about all the categories /an animal, a historical figure, a celebrity, a fictious character/. Who/What would you like to become? Why? Be prepared to answer your partner’s questions.

B: You are conducting a survey for your school magazine. Interview your fellow student about who/what he or she would like to be and why. /Role-play/

- Teenagers tend to look for role models among celebrities. Choose a famous person you like very much. Describe his/her qualities; include how different he/she is from other celebrities. Give reasons for your choice. /Simulation/

Vzory a ideály
- pozitívne a negatívne charakterové vlastnosti, ideálny človek, kritériá hodnôt
- človek, ktorého si vážim
- skutoční a literárni hrdinovia
- hrdinom sa človek nerodí, ale sa ním stáva /konanie človeka v hraničnej situácii/
- ja ako hrdina

As human beings, we are similar to each other,. But as individuals we are different from each other. Each is a unique personality, having both positive qualities /virtues/ and negative qualities /vices/. That we have gradually picked up throughout our growing-up years. We have been influenced by our families, schoolmates, and friends and just about everybody else around us. Some influences have been positive, others have been negatives, but, either way, we are always looking to others to find out how we fit in this world.
Family is extremely important for shaping our personal qualities, here we learn about the world and make first contacts with other people. If a child is loved and praised, he/she will love and praise, if he/she is criticized, he/she will be very critical. Our parents were our first role models. They brought us up and taught us to be polite and friendly. We were taught to greet and respect people, and help those who may need our help. Later, when we started going to school, we got to know more people and had to learn how to get on with them. We learned to be tolerant, patient and self-disciplined, but also determined and hard-working. These qualities are necessary if we want to be successful. At school, we learned how to compromise and cooperate with others to be able to fulfil the tasks we were given. We also learned to share our ideas with others. For some of us, our teachers became our role models and helped us to cope with problems and overcome difficulties.

As we grew, we became more and more aware of what is good and what is bad, Now, hopefully, we are able to tell the difference between polite and rude behaviour, to tell the difference between people with high moral standards and those who live without these standards.
The teenage years are perhaps the most important period in the development of our personalities. But teenagers tend to look for role models outside their family or school. They have the ideals that their parents and teachers taught them, but still they look for idols – people they can admire and follow. Because teenagers love music, movies and sport, they might choose people they read about in newspapers and magazines, like pop singers, movie starts and famous sportsmen. Younger teenagers often idolize celebrities and try to imitate them in clothing, hairstyles and lifestyles. The influence celebrities have on the younger generation is really important, yet, it seems that not all pop stars understand or are even aware of this fact.

Some celebrities live lives that few parents would approve of. It seems these rich and famous performers ignore the fact that what they do can influence their fans negatively. They are drug or alcohol addicted, their behaviour is eccentric and often wild, they do not respect people around them and they think they are better than others. These celebrities are usually rich enough to get help some time later on in life, but some never make it that far and die young. Some young people follow in their footsteps, falling into addiction, alcoholism and partying, not realizing that they don’t have the money for alcohol or drug treatment facilities. Unfortunately, these kids might never get help.

Parents, teachers, celebrities, the society in which young people live – all these play important roles in the behaviour young people learn and the moral principles they acquire. If they fail to teach youngsters how to behave, young people will grow up selfish, mean, unhelpful and rude. Unfortunately, we can already see it every day – crime is on the rise in robberies, assaults, rapes and murders. Intolerance, rudeness and wild behaviour show that there are people who cheat, bribe and try to make profit in every situation.
On the other hand, there are some famous people who are positive role models. These are the ones who have worked really hard to achieve success. Some organize live performances and mega concerts to raise money for charities who work with orphaned children, starving people or those suffering from terrible diseases, like AIDS.
Good role models can be found in literary works, too – in stories and novels. Most literary heroes are people with high moral standards with whom readers can identify and whose example they may follow.
Last but not least, there are everyday heroes /lifeguards, fire-fighters, soldiers/, people who are brave and do not hesitate to risk their lives and help the victims of natural and man-made disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, droughts and war. Their courage and high moral standards make them excellent role models which no one should be afraid to follow.
None of us are perfect. Each of us has both positive and negative character and personality traits. But every person, when he becomes and adult, can choose the kind of a person he will be – one who either respects people and tries to help them in any situation, or who cares only about himself. Either way one day we may become a role model for someone else.

Useful vocabulary:
-  model, idol, ideal, role model, celebrity, icon, VIP, hero, heroine, idolize, copy, worship, identify with, well-known, outstanding, charismatic, attractive, virtues, vices
-  be honest, responsible, reliable, hard-working, generous, hospitable, diligent, approachable, courageous, faithful, forgiving, friendly, generous, grateful, honourable, humble, just, loving, polite, positive, reliable, respectful, responsible, sincere, tactful, thoughtful, tolerant, trustworthy, truthful, be deceitful, mean, cheeky, stubborn, envious, jealous, rude, aloof, cowardly, unfaithful, unforgiving, unfriendly, stingy, ungrateful, dishonourable, proud, unjust, hateful, rude, negative, unreliable, disrespectful, irresponsible, insincere, tactless, thoughtless, intolerant, untrustworthy, lying, friendly, outgoing, helpful, tactful, thoughtful, attentive, trustworthy, reliable, responsible, diligent, untidy, aggressive, proud, obstinate, mean, greedy, jealous, sincere, generous, deceitful, moody, optimistic, pessimistic, sociable, talkative, reserved, shy, impatient, ambitious, lazy, hard-working, easy-going, cheerful, sensitive, punctual, emotional, hospitable, formal, casual, enthusiastic, quiet, tolerant, sophisticated, fun-loving, humorous, serious, nationalistic, romantic, insecure, competitive, frank, organized, self-centred, cautious, careless, absent-minded, old-fashioned, well-meaning, big-headed, strong-willed, broad-minded, self-confident, hard-working
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