The Reading / Listening - Nicki Minaj - Level 1

The singer Nicki Minaj will pay the tuition fees for 30 of her Twitter followers if they get A-grades. Ms Minaj will pay thousands of dollars if the fans show they got straight A's at high school. She will pay more tuition fees in the future. Minaj tweeted: "Show me straight A's that I can [check] with your school, and I'll pay." She joked that she might not have any money after paying. One student asked her for $6,000 to pay for his rent, books, classes and food.



At first, Minaj tweeted about a contest for someone to join her at a music show. A fan then asked if she would pay for his college fees and her tweets changed. Minaj has sold 20 million singles around the world as a solo singer, and another 60 million singles as a guest artist. A newspaper editor called her the most important female rapper ever. A Twitter user called her, "one of the most…caring and generous people" in the entertainment business.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Nicki Minaj - Level 0 Nicki Minaj - Level 2   or  Nicki Minaj - Level 3

Sources
  • http://news.sky.com/story/nicki-minaj-offers-to-pay-college-fees-for-fans-10868506
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2017/05/07/nicki-minaj-promises-to-pay-fan-college-tuition-twitter/101413018/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicki_Minaj


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. pay the tuition fees for 30
  2. if they get
  3. pay thousands
  4. straight A's
  5. She will pay more tuition
  6. I can check
  7. she might not have any
  8. $6,000 to pay for
  1. fees in the future
  2. money
  3. A-grades
  4. his rent
  5. of dollars
  6. at high school
  7. of her Twitter followers
  8. with your school

Paragraph 2

  1. join her at a music
  2. A fan then asked if she
  3. sold 20 million singles
  4. as a guest
  5. A newspaper
  6. the most important female
  7. one of the most caring and
  8. in the entertainment
  1. editor
  2. rapper ever
  3. business
  4. would pay
  5. around the world
  6. generous people
  7. show
  8. artist

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The singer Nicki Minaj (1) ___________________ tuition fees for 30 of her Twitter (2) ___________________ get A-grades. Ms Minaj will pay thousands of (3) ___________________ fans show they got straight A's at high school. She will pay more tuition fees (4) ___________________. Minaj tweeted: "Show me straight A's that I can [check] with your school, and I'll pay." She joked that she might (5) ___________________ money after paying. One student asked her for $6,000 to (6) ___________________, books, classes and food.

At first, Minaj (7) ___________________ contest for someone to join (8) ___________________ show. A fan then asked if she would pay (9) ___________________ fees and her tweets changed. Minaj has sold 20 million singles around the world as a solo singer, and another 60 million (10) ___________________ guest artist. A newspaper (11) ___________________ the most important female rapper ever. A Twitter user called her, "one of the most… (12) ___________________ people" in the entertainment business.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThesingerNickiMinajwillpaythetuitionfeesfor30ofherTwitterfollower
siftheygetA-grades.MsMinajwillpaythousandsofdollarsifthefanssho
wtheygotstraightA'sathighschool.Shewillpaymoretuitionfeesinthef
uture.Minajtweeted:"ShowmestraightA'sthatIcan[check]withyours
chool,andI'llpay."Shejokedthatshemightnothaveanymoneyafterpa
ying.Onestudentaskedherfor$6,000topayforhisrent,books,classesa
ndfood.Atfirst,Minajtweetedaboutacontestforsomeonetojoinherata
musicshow.Afanthenaskedifshewouldpayforhiscollegefeesandhert
weetschanged.Minajhassold20millionsinglesaroundtheworldasasol
osinger,andanother60millionsinglesasaguestartist.Anewspaperedit
orcalledherthemostimportantfemalerapperever.ATwitterusercalled
her,"oneofthemost…caringandgenerouspeople"intheentertainment
business.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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