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# Textaufgabe 2

Aufgaben
1.
Sum up the information given on Zayn Malik.
2.
Analyze the means the author uses to express his attitude towards Malik.
3.
You are taking part in an international project with the title "Finding your Way in Life". As your contribution to the project, you write an article commenting on the statement: Young people need role models such as Zayn Malik or Billy Elliot.
#billyelliot
Material 2
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### Urmee Khan, "Zayn Malik - saviour of Muslim teenagers" (2016)

The former One Direction star speaks to an aspirational generation of British Muslim kids who want to please their parents and carve out their own identity
Muslim teenagers in Britain, so we are told, are caught between extremism and integration. Thousands of pounds have been spent on projects such as Prevent – arguably a total waste of money. Teenagers don’t
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care what some crusty MPs and self appointed “community leaders” think. Things are grim.
But the more I think about it, the more I realise there’s only one man who can save us.
Zayn Malik.
Yes, really.
Zayn is one of us, but far cooler. He’s a product of Britain. He’s the successful boy next door, and he can
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be seen to celebrate and enjoy liberal values – he works hard and plays hard. This month his new album shot to the top of the Billboard chart in the US.
Born in Bradford into a Muslim family, Zayn, like many of us, had to go the local mosque (apparently he’s read the Qur’an three times).
Muslim teenagers lack icons. Yet in Zayn, they have a kindred spirit. He’s a local boy done good. We all
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love rags to riches stories, and it doesn’t get better than Zayn.
Zain Javadd “Zayn” Malik auditioned for X Factor in 2010 and became part of the all-conquering boyband One Direction. His mum, Trisha, worked as a halal chef in the kitchen of a local school. He’s now worth over £25m, and bought his parents their house. In a BBC interview, his mum said: “We never had enough money to buy our own house. We always lived in rented accommodation, so Zayn knew how very important it was
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for me to have my own place.” Let’s be honest, we’d all like to be able to do that for our parents.
Working class, second generation Muslim kids are aspirational. They’ve seen how hard their parents have tried to integrate and want to make them proud, yet at the same time want to carve out their own identity. Zayn’s album, Mind of Mine, for instance, features lovely Qawwali-style tracks such as Intermission: Flower, which celebrate his cultural heritage while mixing it up with pedestrian R&B tunes that we can all get
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behind.
When Zayn was a Directioner, his annual Eid Mubarak message was retweeted and shared millions of times. As Ramadan approaches in a few weeks, Muslim teenagers will again get sick and tired of explaining the concept to their non-Muslim pals. Zayn makes it all all right. He gets it.
He has a conscience. He’s ambassador to various charities such as the British Asian Trust, and bought a
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box for underprivileged children to watch football. He can be seen championing the Palestinian cause with model girlfriend Gigi Hadid (the most famous millennial cultural icon other than motivational speaker DJ Khaled). During the 2014 Israeli siege on Gaza, Malik got in trouble for posting #FreePalestine on Twitter. Lots of us cheered for him. Some balls for a teenybopper.
He’s a modern-day rebel without a cause; an Asian James Dean. He’s had problems with gf’s and band
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members – he’s been ostracised and he’s risen post-1D with a successful solo career. He’s a survivor and best of all, he’s one of us.
Quelle: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/30/muslim-teenagers-extremism-integration-zayn-malik

Annotations
[1] Prevent: organisation which provides practical help in order to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
[2] MP: Member of Parliament
[3] Qu'ran: G: Koran
[4] halal: food which is prepared according to Muslim law
[5] aspirational: here: ambitious
[6] to carve out one’s own identity: to emphasize one’s own identity
[7] Qawwali(-style): religious Muslim music
[8] pedestrian: here: normal
[9] Directioner: member of the boyband One Direction
[10] Eid Mubarak message: a traditional Muslim greeting reserved for the end of Ramadan
[11] box: G: Loge im Fußballstadion
[12] gf’s: (colloquial) girlfriends
[13] to be ostracised: to be excluded from social groups
[14] post-1D: after leaving One Direction
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$\blacktriangleright$  1. Sum up information
In the article "Zayn Malik - saviour of Muslim teenagers" that was published on the website of The Guardian in 2016 by Urmee Khan, the author talks about how the former One Direction star is a role model for all the Muslim teenagers in Britain.
Introduction
Zayn Malik is a young Muslim and can be considered a product of Britain. He used to be a member of a famous boy-group and he was discovered on the music show X Factor. Now, he is a successful solo performer and he is the boyfriend of millenial model Gigi Hadid. He supports different charities - he bought a box for underprivileged children to watch football and he made political statements vie Twitter over the Isreali siege on Gaza.
However, life has not been easy on him. As a second-generation immigrant with a working-class background, life for him and his family used to be different than it is now. Back then, he had to go to the local mosque. Because is parents were never able to afford their own house, he bought them one. As he is very proud of his cultural heritage, his new album features Qawwali-style tracks. Also, he has great influence on other Muslim teenagers since his Eid Mubarak message was retweeded million times. Yet, Zayn remains authentic - he has or had all the problems that normal teenagers have. This includes problems with girls and band members as well as feeling excluded.
Main Part
To sum it up, Zayn Malik is a star - but he is also a role model for millions of Muslim teenagers and someone others look up to.
Conclusion
$\blacktriangleright$  2. Analyze the means
The author Umbree Khan uses different means in order to express his attitude towards Zayn Malik. He seems to be rather fond of him and sees him as a role model that everyone can look up to for guidance.
Introduction
First of all, he uses a lot of words with positive connotations to portray Zayn Malik in a favourable way. He mentions him as a "saviour" (title) or he repetedly talks of him as a "succesfull boy next door" (l. 9/14) which emphasizes the fact that Zayn stayed down-to-earth despite of his fame.
In addition, Khan uses colloquial language to reach out to young people. Hence, he talks about "crusty MPs" (l. 5) or "local boy done good" (l. 14); the metaphor "Muslim teenagers will again get sick and tired of explaining (…)" (l. 27) underlines the fact that Khan tries to make the young readers side with him as well. Furthermore, the author writes in simple sentence structure and short sentences to get the message across, this can be seen in the anaphora "He's a modern-day rebel (…). He's had problems (…). He's a survivor (…) (l. 34-36).
Khan makes obvious that Malik is really like the boy next door and that he suffers from the same problems that every teenager goes through. In order to create a bond with the reader, Khan uses personal pronouns or addresses the reader directly like "Lots of us cheered for him" (l. 33) or "he's one of us" (l. 36).
Of course, Khan exaggerates when he writes that "millions of times" (l. 26-27), fans have retweeded and share Malik's Eid Mubarak - however, this just emphasizes the fact that Malik is a tangible celebrity for many.
Main Part
Thus, Zayn Malik seems really like a perfect role model - at least according to the author Umbree Khan.
Conclusion
$\blacktriangleright$  3. Write an article
People often ask "Who is your role model?" - and oftentimes, you might not even have an answer for that. Some might name their relatives as their role models, which is also valid. However, the problem with relatives as role models is the one that they probably have made the same experiences and have the same background as oneself. The question is yonder you can really learn from such a role model. Sometimes, you are better off having someone completely different as a role model.
Introduction
First of all, a role model is a someone who is an an example that influences others. For children, the most important role models are their parents and caregivers. Yet, this changes as soon as the child descends into puberty. Then, teenagers are highly influenced by their friends as well as by the behaviour they are exposed to on television and social media.
Role models offer some kind of direction for teenagers, they can help with the decision on where a teenager wants to go with his or her life since they show a possible future life. They are someone who teenagers can look up to and towards whom they can orientate themselves.
Also, role models show that even in a cruel world, there are good people; that there are people that stand up for what is right and good. Role models encourage and inspire.
Main Part
Taking Zayn Malik or Billy Elliot into account as role models, they show that success is possible despite their modest background. Zayn was brought up as a second-generation immigrant of working-class parents and they never lived in their own house or had a lot of money to spend. Billy was the child of a single-parent mine worker and he was supposed to step in the footsteps of his father and brother who both worked in rather manly professions. Yet, both worked hard to achieve their dreams and they show that it is possible to become famous even though they both stem from a working-class background.
Also, they and their success make it obvious that hard work is mandatory in order to become successful. Zayn had to fight his way through thousands of other candidates on the show X Factor and even afterwards within the boygroup One Direction. Billy Elliot had to fight against his father who didn't want him to become a ballet dancer because that was equal to being gay. Surely, they both had to train day and night to become better and to become recognized on a world-wide basis.
In addition, their success can be regarded as a bridge between different cultures or classes. Zayn Malik is a Muslim and very religious - and he fit perfectly in the group of One Direction. He is a role model for many other Muslim teenagers as well, he is tangible for them due to his authenticity. Billy made the transcendence of the working class into the middle class, from worker to artist. This shows that your background doesn't define your future, if you only put your will at it.
Both Zayn and Billy are examples of positive values - both hold their family up high: Zayn bought a house for his parents because they were never able to afford one and Billy brought his father and brother to his performance of the swan in The Swan Lake.
Thus, they can be considered as good role models who booth offer orientation and guidance in following a specific dream.
However, not every celebrity automatically qualifies as a role model. If teenagers pick a wrong role model, they might be led in the wrong direction. If the presumed role model is taking drugs for instance, it is possible that the teenager might want to take drugs as well just because he is influenced by his or her role model. It is necessary that the teenager does not follow his or her role model at all costs but that he or she can differentiate and decide what is right and wrong.
Furthermore, orientating oneself towards a role model can arouse false expectations. Just because a teenager might have a singer as a role model doesn't mean that he or she is a great singer as well and that he or she might have the same success as the role model. Of course, the role models have worked hard to get where they are but they were sometimes lucky to be at the right place at the right time as well.
Examples:
Zayn Malik / Billy Elliot
To sum it up, teenagers definitely need role models to feel guided and to have someone who inspires them. Yet, not every celebrity or famous person is suited for such a task. Hence, it is important that teenagers seek role models who are or who used to be in a similar situation as themselves.
Conclusion
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