<HTML> <HEAD> <TITLE>Dialogues suitable for pairwork and role play: the arts</TITLE> <META NAME="DESCRIPTION" CONTENT="Two-part exchanges on topical issues to practise some of the speaking skills used in debate and discussion"> <META NAME="keywords" CONTENT="the arts,colloqial,english,language,discussion,pronunciation,speaking,skills,pairwork,teaching materials,elt,esl,efl,learners,tesl,tefl,discussion formulae."> <link rel="stylesheet" href="stylesmarttv.css" /> </HEAD> <BODY TEXT="#000000" LINK="#0000ff" VLINK="#ff0000" BGCOLOR="#ffffff"> <table border=0 cellspacing=1 cellpadding=9 width=430> <td width="25%" valign="top" bgcolor="#008000"> <a href="index.html"><b><p align="center"><font color="#ffffff">HOME</font></b></a></td> <td width="25%" valign="top" bgcolor="#5C3900"> <a href="discuss.html"><b><p align="center"><font color="#ffffff">DISCUSSION</font></b></a></td> <td width="25%" valign="top" bgcolor="#00AEED"> <a href="discartq.html"><b><p align="center"><font color="#ffffff">NEXT</font></b></a></td> </tr> </table> <h2>THE ARTS</h2> <p><b>Dialogue:<font color="#f1f1f1">______</font>read aloud in pairs</b></p> <P>&nbsp;<B>A:</B>&#9;<I>In my view</I>, government money shouldn't be used to support the Arts.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;<B>B:</B>&#9;<I>I'm afraid I can't agree</I>. Public support for the Arts is the hallmark of a </P> <P>civilized society where people enjoy freedom of thought and expression.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <B><P>A:</B>&#9;<I>Those are very nice sounding words, but look</I> ... when we visit Art Galleries </P> <P>in other countries, we usually have to pay to go in, but when foreigners come to</P> <P>Britain, they're subsidized by the British tax-payer. They can enter the National </P> <P>Gallery and the British Museum without paying a penny.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <B><P>B:</B>&#9;<I>I think you're straying from the main point which is</I> the access of British </P> <P>people to their artistic heritage whether they're rich or poor. <I>If this also makes</I> </P> <P>Britain more attractive for overseas visitors, so well and good. <I>What's wrong with</I> </P> <P>creating a few more jobs in the tourist industry? <I>Think of</I> all the money that's spent in </P> <P>the souvenir shops of these galleries and museums.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <B><P>A:</B>&#9;<I>Well you might as well argue that</I> the government should subsidize all shops. </P> <I><P>I'm saying that</I> it's the British tax-payer who pays the bill.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <B><P>B:</B>&#9;<I>You misunderstand me!</I> <I>I'm talking about</I> national institutions, centres of </P> <P>culture which represent the best of Britain's historical and artistic treasures.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <B><P>A:</B>&#9;<I>That's highly debatable</I>. Some of the exhibits you see from contemporary </P> <P>artists are no more than tins of baked beans or piles of bricks.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <B><P>B:</B>&#9;<I>I'm afraid you're just trying to prove a general point by quoting extreme </P> <P>examples. Of course, not every</I> artistic creation will be to everybody's taste. The </P> <P>Arts can never take new directions without risks. Both the impressionist painters and </P> <P>Picasso took risks.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <B><P>A:</B>&#9;<I>But in the real world</I>, if people want to take risks, they should do so at their </P> <P>own expense. They should either find private sponsors or sympathetic bank managers. </P> <I><P>Why should other people</I> pay for the exhibition of junk which nobody wants?</P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <B><P>B:</B>&#9;<I>To come back to the main point, this isn't only about</I> contemporary </P> <P>experimental art. <I>I'm talking about</I> the appreciation of great masterpieces which have </P> <P>been acknowledged for centuries.</P> <hr> </body> </html>