Thursday, May 01, 2014

The Great Dictator Speech by Charlie Chaplin--Will for Future Prediction

(TESOL Worksheets--Will)
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[A listening to practice will for future prediction.  First, students look at the table with future predictions made with will.  Then, students listen to the Great Dictator Speech by Charlie Chaplin, and try and match the words from the table to the missing blanks.  (The sentences in the table are not in the same order they appear in the speech.)  Since the Great Dictator has been translated into many languages, it might be useful to show the students a version of the movie which is subtitled in their own language.]

Subject will V1
science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness
Brutes never will fulfill that promise
Without kindness and gentleness, all will be lost
As long as men die, liberty will never perish
A new world will give men a chance to work
The hate of men will pass
The power dictators took from the people will return to the people
A new world will give youth a future
Without kindness and gentleness, life will be violent

Now, listen to the speech and match the verbs to the empty blanks:
I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone - if possible - Jew, Gentile - black man - white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness - not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life ____ ____ _______ and all _____ ___ _____....
 The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men - cries out for universal brotherhood - for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world - millions of despairing men, women, and little children - victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.
To those who can hear me, I say - do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed - the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men ____ _____, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people _____  ______ to the people. And so long as men die, liberty ___ ____ _______. .....
Soldiers! don’t give yourselves to brutes - men who despise you - enslave you - who regiment your lives - tell you what to do - what to think and what to feel! Who drill you - diet you - treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate - the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!
In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” - not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power - the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.
Then - in the name of democracy - let us use that power - let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world - a decent world that ___ _____ ______ a chance to work - that ___ ____ _______ a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They ___ _____
Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world - to do away with national barriers - to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress _____ ______ ___ all men’s happiness. Soldiers! In the name of democracy, let us all unite!

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