The Reading / Listening - Level 1

French DJs are angry about a new government rule. They are already unhappy because 40 per cent of the songs they play must be in French. Now the government wants them to make sure the French songs are not the same hits, or get a fine. The new rule could make people switch to music streaming services instead of listening to the radio. Many French artists, such as Daft Punk, already sing in English so they can be popular around the world.



The new law is to protect French culture and language from the English language. French musicians said the new law is necessary for the French language, musicians and music. They said both "would lose out" if radio stations were, "allowed to do what they want when it comes to language". One musician said: "It remains [important] for French artists to have the chance of making a career out of music."

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Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34422307
  • http://www.thelocal.fr/20150930/french-music-quotas-a-necessary-evil-that-must-stay
  • http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2015/sep/30/french-radio-song-quotas-dj-boycott-playlists


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

angry about a new

a.

services

2.

40 per cent of the songs they play must

b.

artists

3.

the same

c.

be in French

4.

music streaming

d.

government rule

5.

instead of listening

e.

hits

6.

Many French

f.

around the world

7.

sing in

g.

to the radio

8.

popular

h.

English



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

The new law is to protect

a.

to have the chance

2.

the English

b.

out

3.

the new law

c.

out of music

4.

French language, musicians

d.

stations

5.

both would lose

e.

French culture

6.

radio

f.

is necessary

7.

important for French artists

g.

language

8.

making a career

h.

and music

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

French DJs (1) ___________________ a new government rule. They are (2) ___________________ because 40 per cent of the songs they play (3) ___________________ French. Now the government wants them (4) ___________________ the French songs are not the same hits, or get a fine. The new rule could make people switch to music streaming (5) _________________ listening to the radio. Many French artists, such as Daft Punk, already sing in English so they (6) ___________________ around the world.

The new law (7) ___________________ French culture and language from the English language. French musicians said the new (8) ___________________ for the French language, musicians and music. They said both "(9) __________________" if radio stations were, "(10) ___________________ what they want (11) ___________________ language". One musician said: "It remains [important] for French artists to have the chance of making (12) ___________________ music."





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

FrenchDJsareangryaboutanewgovernmentrule.Theyarealreadyunh
appybecause40percentofthesongstheyplaymustbeinFrench.Nowth
egovernmentwantsthemtomakesuretheFrenchsongsarenotthesam
ehits,orgetafine.Thenewrulecouldmakepeopleswitchtomusicstream
ingservicesinsteadoflisteningtotheradio.ManyFrenchartists,suchas
DaftPunk,alreadysinginEnglishsotheycanbepopulararoundtheworld
.ThenewlawistoprotectFrenchcultureandlanguagefromtheEnglishla
nguage.FrenchmusicianssaidthenewlawisnecessaryfortheFrenchla
nguage,musiciansandmusic.Theysaidboth"wouldloseout"ifradiosta
tionswere,"allowedtodowhattheywantwhenitcomestolanguage".On
emusiciansaid:"Itremains[important]forFrenchartiststohavethecha
nceofmakingacareeroutofmusic."

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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WRITING

Write about English songs for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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