Monday, November 9

Intermediate English Lesson - The East Side Gallery

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9th November 2011 marks the twenty-second anniversary of the fall of The Berlin Wall.

This week's lesson for Intermediate level English language students is about the East Side Gallery in Berlin.

Pre-Task Activities

What do you know about the Berlin Wall?

Click here for background information about The Berlin Wall.

Task 1

Look at the picture above.

What do you think the connection is between the East Side Gallery and the fall of the Berlin Wall?

Watch the video below. Work with another student or friend. See if you can guess the answers to the questions below.


1) What type of gallery is the East Side Gallery?

2) Where is the East Side Gallery?

3) When was the East Side Gallery founded?

4) Why was the East Side Gallery founded?

5) What is the purpose of the East Side Gallery?

Task 2

Read the text below about the East Side Gallery in Berlin, to see if your predictions for Task 1 were correct.

The East Side Gallery is an international memorial for freedom. It is a 1.3km long section of the Berlin Wall located near the centre of Berlin on Mühlenstraße in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.

The East Side Gallery consists of approximately 100 paintings by artists from all over the world, painted in 1990 on the east side of the Berlin Wall.

The East Side Gallery was founded following the successful merger of the two German artists' associations VBK and BBK. It is the largest and open air gallery in the world.

The paintings at the East Side Gallery document the time of change and express the euphoria and great hopes for a better and free future for all people of the world.

Two-thirds of the paintings are badly damaged by erosion, graffiti, and vandalism. Some of them have been restored by a non-profit organization which started work in 2000. The objective of this organization is the eventual restoration and preservation of all the paintings.

Task 3

Click here to do a gap-fill quiz on the reading text for Task 2 >>

Task 4

Watch this
video about the East Side Gallery in Berlin and then discuss the questions below with another student or friend.

Questions: True or False?

1) The Berlin Wall was painted by artists on both sides before it came down.

2) Some of the paintings have been recently restored.

3) The section of the wall that remains looked very different back in 1989.

4) Thierry Noir is German.

5) Thierry Noir used to live in West Berlin.

6) The artwork is the only reason why the wall still stands.

Click here to do a multiple choice quiz on this video, and check your answers >>

Task 5

Discuss these questions with another student or friend:

1) How important do you think it is to preserve the artwork on the wall?

2) Who do you think should be responsible for preserving the wall?

3) What measures could the authorities take to help protect the wall from vandalism?

More Quizzes About Art for English Language Students:

The Fourth Plinth - Video Listening Quiz about Anthony Gormley's Installation >>

Banksy - Intermediate Listening Quiz
about the Controversial British Artist >>

text credits: Wikipedia

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