The Reading / Listening - Radio - Level 0

Pop music is back on Bulgarian radio. For two months, there was only 70-year-old classical or folk music, recorded before World War II. Copyright meant the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) could not play pop music. BNR said it would pay more royalties. This is the money singers get every time a radio station plays their songs.



In the past two months, the number of listeners to BNR went up by 20%. Perhaps people like older music like Bulgarian folk songs, classical music and pre-war jazz more than Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. The boss of BNR said there could be new radio stations with different types of music.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Radio - Level 1 Radio - Level 2   or  Radio - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.novinite.com/articles/179044/Bulgaria's+Public+Radio+Brings+Contemporary+Music+Back+on+Air
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-39104260
  • http://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/bulgarian-radio-station-sees-boost-in-listeners-after-pop-music-ban-1.3301694


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Pop music is back
  2. For
  3. classical
  4. recorded
  5. could not play
  6. it would pay
  7. the money singers
  8. a radio station
  1. get every time
  2. before World War II
  3. plays their songs
  4. or folk music
  5. on Bulgarian radio
  6. two months
  7. more royalties
  8. pop music

Paragraph 2

  1. In the past
  2. the number
  3. went up
  4. Perhaps people like older
  5. folk
  6. pre-
  7. The boss
  8. different types
  1. by 20%
  2. of music
  3. songs
  4. of listeners
  5. war jazz
  6. two months
  7. music
  8. of BNR

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Pop music (1) ___________________ Bulgarian radio. For two months, (2) ___________________ 70-year-old classical or folk music, (3) ___________________ World War II. Copyright meant the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) (4) ___________________ pop music. BNR said it would (5) ___________________. This is the money singers get (6) ___________________ radio station plays their songs.

In the past two months, (7) ___________________ listeners to BNR (8) ___________________ 20%. Perhaps people like older music like Bulgarian folk songs, (9) ___________________ and pre-war jazz (10) ___________________ Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. The boss of BNR (11) ___________________ be new radio stations with different (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PopmusicisbackonBulgarianradio.Fortwomonths,therewasonly70-
year-oldclassicalorfolkmusic,recordedbeforeWorldWarII.Copyrigh
tmeanttheBulgarianNationalRadio(BNR)couldnotplaypopmusic.BN
Rsaiditwouldpaymoreroyalties.Thisisthemoneysingersgeteverytim
earadiostationplaystheirsongs.Inthepasttwomonths,thenumberofli
stenerstoBNRwentupby20%.PerhapspeoplelikeoldermusiclikeBulg
arianfolksongs,classicalmusicandpre-warjazzmorethanJustinBiebe
randTaylorSwift.ThebossofBNRsaidtherecouldbenewradiostationsw
ithdifferenttypesofmusic.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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