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Sunday, November 14, 2010

List 9. Literature in our lives: Visiting Dr. Braintree (sketch)


List 9. Literature in our lives:  Visiting  Dr. Braintree   (sketch)    3-4-5 level        20-25 min
GOAL.  To enjoy the verbal performance of the actors, understanding the little nuances ot the text.

WARMING UP. 
TASK 1. To familiarise with the sketch answer the questions below.
Q1. Name two films where the actor is at a doctor’s studio. ................................................................
Q2. Which are the features of a visit to a psychiatrist? Underline the most probable
     PLACE: sIt down at the armchair/lie on the sofa 
     ACTION: look at the past/actions for the future
     TOPIC of TALK: family / work / love
       TALKING: Patient does the talk / doctor speaks more
Q3. Who is more relaxed? Underline the best answer:  
       a) patient    b) doctor   c) both     d) none

LANGUAGE WORK. 
The three parts offer you a listening for gist and a skim the passage.
Part1. Onset.  Click on 

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore - The Psychiatrist


 to listen to the sketch between Roger and his doctor. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IDZjCOgZqM

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TASK 2. After listening to the first 2 minutes once STOP. Then answer these general questions. 
Q1. Who’s late?  doctor patient     both
Q2. How does Roger feel today?   ................................................... 
Q3. Does he have confidence in psychiatrists? ..............................................
Q4. What’s Roger problem with women?   .............................................. ..............................................
Q5. What’s the news Roger is breaking to the doctor today? ...............................................................
Q6. What seems to be the trouble? ..................................................................................................
TASK 3. Listen again to better understand the situation. Answer these more detailed questions.
Q1. Does Roger prefer to lie on the couch or to sit down? .............................
Q2. Did he expect more from their sessions together?  ....................................................
Q3. According to Dr Braintree why do people regard psychiatry wrongly? ........................................
Q4. How does the Doctor explains that love is a wonderful thing? ................................ ................
Q5. What does Roger say of his sense of guilt?   ........................................................................

Part 2.  Stephanie. Listen to the central part of the piece (1:50> 3:50). 
TASK 4. Listen once to this part. Then STOP and answer these general questions. 
Q1. Why does Roger feel guilty? .....................................................
Q2. How does he start to expose his problem? .....................................................
Q3. What’s the role of Stephanie in the story? .....................................................................
Q4. What’s the spontaneous reaction of the Doctor to the news? .........................................................
Q5. Is the outcome of marriage going to be a problem for the doctor?  ...........................
TASK 5. Listen again to better understand the situation. Answer these more detailed questions.
Q1. How does the doctor describes sex? .....................................................
Q2. As Roger can’t find a way out, the doctor helps him with “................................................................”
Q3. Which are the three reasons the doctor gives him to find his actions ‘understandable’?
...................................................................................................................................................................
Part 3. With a bit of luck. Listen now to the last part of the piece (3:45> 5:20). 
TASK 6. Listen once to this part. Then STOP and answer these general questions. 
Q1. How does Roger feel to Dr. Braintree for what the doctor’s done? .................................................
Q2. How does Dr. Braintree accept Roger’s hatred reactions? .........................................................
Q3. Why is Dr. Braintree so reasonable? ...............................................................................
Q4. What is Roger’s final reaction against  Dr. Braintree? ................................................................
Q5. What’s the last question the doctor asks Roger? ...........................................................................
TASK 7. Listen again to better understand the situation. Answer these more detailed questions.
Q1. Why does the doctor react logically to avoid  a tragic final?   .........................................................
Q2. How does Roger feel when he says “what do you think doctor?” ? ...............................................
Q3. What is the ‘incovenience’ Dr Braintree’s objects? ............................................................................
Q4. What is the anticlimatic ending of the sketch? ............................................................................

ROUNDING OFF.  Working for detail. Listen to the sketch again in its three parts. 
TASK 8. Listen carefully again (0:00>1:50) to pick up the words. Fill in the blanks..
Q1. Roger feels great. The words he uses are:  “I feel  ...................................”
Q2. Roger expected less form his work: “if anyone .............. ................ that talking to  psychiatrists .................. ...................  .............   me at all, I ................................... in their faces.” 
Q3. Roger describes his emotions: “it’s so wonderful to be in love – I ................ .................... you the absolute joy I have. … this girl, this .............................. , this ............................. .” 
Q4. Roger describes his problem: “My only trouble is that, apart from this ................................ ............-...........ed  love I have, I seem to be saddled with this tremendous ......................  sense of guilt.”

TASK 9. Study Dr Braintree ‘reasonable’ reactions (2:00>3:50). Write his understandable words.
Q1. When Roger tells the doctor he’s in love with his wife: 
# She’s attractive. I married her myself. I don’t see why you should ..............  ..........   about that.

Q2. When Roger tells him she’s in love with him: 
#There’s no reason why a .................  ................ woman such as Stephanie should fall in love with you. # I’m a very busy man: I have  many patients to see. I see ................... .......... of my wife  than I should. 
# She should .................  ............... ........... ... companionship outside the marriage 

Q3. When Roger tells him they want to get married. 
# You want to express your feelings within the ................... of a ..................... society through marriage. 

TASK 10. Fill in the blanks in the third part (3:45>5:20).  with Dr Braintree’s words.. 
# I should feel grateful to you ... And all I can feel is this ...........................  ...................... – I ........... ............. the thought of you touching her.    

# You love to hate (whom?) ............................................ to love (whom?) ...............................................
 This is a very old rule, Roger – there’s nothing to .............. ....................   ............. 

#  then there’s someone else at seven after that. .... .................... if you ............  ...........   .... some time next week.          



Listen 9. Visiting  Dr. Braintree                                                     KEY   -

WARM UP. TASK 1. Q1. Name two films where the actor is at a doctor’s studio.  Many!! i.e.  Someone flew over the cooku’s nest (with Jack nicholson) Prince of the tides (Barbara Streisand + Nick Nolte)) &  any from W. Allen (Manhattan).
Q2. PLACE:  lie on the sofa  (lie = Not tell the truth!!?)  ACTION: looks at the past 
     TOPIC of TALK: family / work / love TALK: patient does the talk  
Q3. Who is more relaxed? Underline the best answer:   a) patient    b) doctor   c) both     d) none


LANGUAGE WORK.  
TASK 2.  Q1. Who’s late?  doctor patient     both
Q2. How does Roger feel today?   positive, “just great” (not less),  “rather in the pink”. 
Q3. Does he have confidence in psychiatrists?  Now, he does ... but he didn’t time ago.
Q4. What’s Roger problem with women?  He felt unsecure, low confidence, inhibited. 
Q5. What’s the news Roger is breaking to the doctor today? He’s in love ... with a woman.
Q6. What seems to be the trouble?  Stephanie is the doctor’s wife!


TASK 3. Listen again to better understand the situation.
Q1. Does he prefer to lie on the couch or to sit down?  to sit down
Q2. Did he expect more from their sessions together?  No, rather less.
Q3. According to Dr Braintree why do people regard psychiatry wrongly? instinctively suspicious 
Q4. How does the Doctor explains that love is a wonderful thing? I’ve been there myself
Q5. What does Roger say of his sense of guilt?   tremendous sense of guilt


Part 2.  TASK 4. Listen once to the central part of the piece (1:50> 3:48).  
Q1. Why does Roger feel guilty? His love’s the Dr’s wife
Q2. How does he start to expose his problem? By telling the girl’s name: Stephanie
Q3. What’s the role of Stephanie in the story?  She’s doctor’s wife, or so he says.
Q4. What’s the spontaneous reaction of the Doctor to the news? quietness, no troubles.
Q5. Is marriage going to be a problem for the doctor?  No, it isn’t.  


TASK 5. Listen again to better understand the situation. Answer these more detailed questions.
Q1. How does the doctor describes sex? sex is the most wonderful natural, healthy thing in the world. There’s no reason at all to have any guilt about it
Q2. As Roger can’t find a way out, the doctor helps him with ”Begining at the beginning”
Q3. Which are the three reasons the doctor gives him to find his actions ‘understandable’?
She’s an atractive woman,    There’s nothing repulsive in Rroger & the Doctor is very busy with patients.


Part 3. TASK 6. Listen once to the last part of the piece (3:50> 4:58). Then STOP and answer these general questions. 
Q1. How does Roger feel to Dr. Braintree for what the doctor’s done? jeolous
Q2. How does Dr. Braintree accept Roger’s hatred reactions?  with quietness & pure logic
Q3. Why is Dr. Braintree so reasonable?  it’s part of his job!
Q4. What is Roger’s final reaction against  Dr. Braintree? He wants to kill him
Q5. What is the ‘incovenience’ Dr Braintree’s objects?  He’s busy. Another time suits him better


TASK 7. Listen again to better understand the situation. Answer these more detailed questions.
Q1. Why does the doctor react logically to avoid a tragic final? To continue the treatment  
Q2. How does Roger feel when he says “what do you think doctor?”calm and not violent
Q3. What’s the last question the doctor asks Roger? Would that be convenient?
Q4. What is the anticlimatic ending of the sketch? Roger’s is so grateful for showing him the way (the way out and the way of killing him ... next day = ambiguity) Remember the pacient lies on the sofa (Lie alos means ‘not tell the truth’).


ROUNDING OFF.  Working for detail. (see annex with script) 
TASK 8. Fill in the blanks..
Q1. Roger feels great. The words he uses are:  I feel rather  in the pink
Q2. Roger expected less form his work: if anyone had told me . that talking to  psychiatrists could have helped    me at all, I would have laughed  in their faces. 
Q3. Roger describes his emotions: it’s so wonderful to be in love – I can’t tell you the absolute joy I have. … this girl, this creature, this goddess
Q4. Roger describes his problem: the only trouble is that, apart from this wonderful light-hearted love I have, I seem to be saddled with this tremendous burning sense of guilt.        


TASK 9. Study Dr Braintree ‘reasonable’ reactions (2:00>3:50). Write his understandable words.
Q1. When Roger tells the doctor he’s in love with his wife: 
# She’s attractive. I married her myself. I don’t see why you should feel upset about that.
Q2. When Roger tells him she’s in love with him: 
#There’s no reason why a highly sexed  woman such as Stephanie should fall in love with you. 
# I’m a very busy man: I have  many patients to see. I see rather less of my wife  than I should. 
# She should seek some sort of  companionship outside the marriage 
Q3. When Roger tells him they want to get married. 
# You want to express your feelings within the confines  of a bourgeois society through marriage. 


TASK 10. Fill in the blanks in the third part (3:50>4:55).  with Dr Braintree’s words.. 
# I should feel grateful to you ... And all I can feel is this burning jeolosy – I can’t bear the thought of you touching her.    
# You love to hate (whom?) the one who loves (whom?) the one you hate to love (whom?) the one you hate
 This is a very old rule, Roger – there’s nothing to feel ashamed about
#  then there’s someone else at seven after that. I wonder if you could make it  some time next week.



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