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The Last King of Scotland

The Last King of Scotland

Date: Feb 28 2007

Themes: Pop Culture

Intro

1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.

2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.

Forest Whitaker has everyone talking about his incredible performance in The Last King of Scotland. He gained weight and perfected an accent to play the role of Idi Amin, who was the charismatic and cruel President of Uganda from 1971-1979.

Whitaker won both the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Actor for this role. He has been praised for previous roles in other films like Ghost Dog and The Crying Game.

Listen to Kevin and Mason talk about Forest Whitaker and The Last King of Scotland.

Dialog

1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.

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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.

Kevin

Kevin

Mason

Mason

Kevin:  Hey, so, last weekend I saw The Last King Of Scotland, which has nothing to do with Scotland, by the way.

Mason:  It has noth… I didn’t know that, thank you. I knew Forest Whitaker was in it.

Kevin:  He’s amazing.

Mason:  Um, he’s done so much stuff.

Kevin:  Yeah.

Mason:  Uh, the last thing I really remember seeing of his was Ghost Dog.

Kevin:  Oh, I hadn’t seen that.

Mason:  It’s a weird little film. But, it’s like, his movie, which I gathered The Last King of Scotland is.

Kevin:  Well, if, if, I mean, if, if you like his films, I think you’d really like it.

Mason:  Uh huh.

Kevin:  And, and I, before I saw it, I had heard a report on National Public Radio about how he was so into his character. I mean, he was, he was Idi Amin...

Mason:  Yeah?

Kevin:  You know, the Ugandan dictator? That when people s…

Mason:  Is that… OK. No, I have no idea.

Kevin:  Yeah, he was a ruthless Ugandan dictator…

Mason:  Hm.

Kevin:  Um, in the seventies. And he was… looked so much like him that people on the street would see him and it would creep them out because they thought he had come back from dead.

Mason:  Oh, wow. So why is it called The Last King of Scotland?

Kevin:  Because, his assistant, the, the medical doctor who becomes his, sort of, confidant is Scottish.

Mason:  OK.

Kevin:  So that’s… that’s what I understand, that’s why it’s called that.

Mason:  That still makes no sense.

Kevin:  Well…

Mason:  But it’s a good movie.

Kevin:  It’s a wonderful movie.

Mason:  OK.

Kevin:  Depressing, but worth a view.

 

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Discussion


Mason and Kevin have seen Forest Whitaker in different films. They agree he’s a good actor.

Kevin heard a radio report about how Ugandans responded to Forest Whitaker while he was filming there. They thought he looked just like Idi Amin.

Kevin tries to explain why the film is called The Last King of Scotland but Mason doesn’t get it.

Have you seen The Last King of Scotland?

Are you a Forest Whitaker fan?

Click here for an English lesson on Ghost Dog

 

Comments

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Josh K

Josh K

Guatemala

I´ve just seen again this movie as always I liked to watch it again. When I saw first time, I listened with audio from my own lenguage, actually I dont use audio of my lenguage neither sabtitles, I can get it at english. this movie I like it one more every time I watch it. Nice movie.

02:57 AM Mar 21 2018 |

Josh K

Josh K

Guatemala

:)

03:17 PM Aug 20 2011 |

miffoo

miffoo

Slovakia

I watched that movie and is amazing.

08:14 PM Dec 22 2008 |

miffoo

miffoo

Slovakia

it’s wonderful movie

08:09 PM Dec 22 2008 |

khaled1

khaled1

Yemen

i watched that movie,it was a wonderful movie.

12:10 PM Jan 23 2008 |

Josh K

Josh K

Guatemala

I watched that movie, I'd got the DVD, I like it, got good conteni, nice movie.

02:16 AM Nov 25 2007 |

Ab10

Ab10

Kuwait

i agree with you Hyeon Ju Bang!Laughing

10:26 AM Sep 19 2007 |

rockgirl3012

Viet Nam

How can I save the dialogue to my computer, can you help me?

01:36 PM Sep 18 2007 |

Hyeon Ju Bang

South Korea

Thanks. but, It's very hard to understand. Like Marson I have no idea.

03:41 AM Sep 17 2007 |

duke-nukem

duke-nukem

Germany

It suprises me always how many dictators are able to operate in africa. only to say some names: adi amin, taylor, boumedien, gadafi, mubarak, mugabe a.s.o.

01:42 PM Jun 23 2007 |

neilwear

Canada

Using the Last King of Scotland in a Socials class as we talk about Genocide and some of the brutal dictators/people who have operated in Africa. Have looked at Hotel Rwanda and the Sudan, Darfur region. Looking for good class room material to use.

03:14 AM Jun 08 2007 |

david1111

david1111

South Korea

^^

03:00 AM May 19 2007 |

syant

syant

Indonesia

i hope this movie woulb be release in my country. :)

12:55 AM Apr 14 2007 |

sofielicious

El Salvador

i saw the move last month and i like it a lot… you should watch it!!

01:24 AM Apr 07 2007 |

Josh K

Josh K

Guatemala

It’s excelent movie. the lesson is well done

03:35 PM Apr 06 2007 |

qiongshuw

qiongshuw

China

it’s a interesting lesson,it causes me to desire to watch the movie

05:04 AM Mar 03 2007 |

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