The Reading / Listening - BTS - Level 2

A Korean band reached number one in the U.S. album charts for the first time. The boy band BTS debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with their new album, "Love Yourself: Tear". The seven-member band released their album on May 18. It sold 135,000 copies in the first week, including CDs and streamed music. The album is the second top-10 hit for K-pop. The first was also an album by BTS. The group thanked their fans by tweeting: "It's wonderful and very overwhelming. Thank you everyone who has listened to our music. We will keep doing our best."



BTS was formed in 2013. The group quickly became a big success in Korea with their debut song. They won several New Artist of the Year awards. Their popularity soon spread and they started to get many fans in Japan and the USA. They have many followers on social media. In March 2016, they broke the record for the most re-tweeted artist. In December 2017, they were the world's most tweeted about celebrities. They got over half a billion likes or re-tweets. BTS' new album is mostly in Korean. Even though there is little English on the album, they have sold out tours in the USA.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    BTS - Level 0 BTS - Level 1   or  BTS - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/8458036/bts-earns-first-no-1-album-billboard-200-chart-love-yourself-tear
  • https://mashable.com/2018/05/28/bts-billboard-album-chart/#vThUwQKRdaqr
  • http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180528000080


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. A Korean band reached
  2. The boy band BTS debuted
  3. The seven-member band released
  4. It sold 135,000 copies
  5. including CDs and
  6. the second top-10
  7. It's wonderful and very
  8. We will keep
  1. in the first week
  2. overwhelming
  3. hit for K-pop
  4. doing our best
  5. their album
  6. streamed music
  7. number one
  8. at No. 1

Paragraph 2

  1. The group quickly became
  2. They won several New Artist
  3. Their popularity soon
  4. They have many followers
  5. They got over half a
  6. BTS' new album is mostly
  7. there is little
  8. they have sold
  1. English on the album
  2. on social media
  3. billion likes
  4. out tours
  5. in Korean
  6. of the Year awards
  7. a big success
  8. spread

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A Korean band reached (1) ___________________ the U.S. album charts for the first time. The boy band BTS debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with (2) ___________________, "Love Yourself: Tear". The seven-member band released their album on May 18. It sold 135,000 (3) ___________________ first week, including CDs and streamed music. The album is (4) ___________________-10 hit for K-pop. The first was also an album by BTS. The group thanked their (5) ___________________: "It's wonderful and very overwhelming. Thank you everyone who has listened to our music. We will keep (6) ___________________."

BTS (7) ___________________ 2013. The group quickly became a big success in Korea with (8) ___________________. They won several New Artist of the Year awards. Their popularity soon spread and they (9) ___________________ many fans in Japan and the USA. They have many followers on social media. In March 2016, they (10) ___________________ for the most re-tweeted artist. In December 2017, they were the world's most tweeted about celebrities. They (11) ___________________ a billion likes or re-tweets. BTS' new album is mostly in Korean. Even though there is little English on the album, they have (12) ___________________ in the USA.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AKoreanbandreachednumberoneintheU.S.albumchartsforthefirstti
me.TheboybandBTSdebutedatNo.1ontheBillboard200chartwiththei
rnewalbum,"LoveYourself:Tear".Theseven-memberbandreleasedt
heiralbumonMay18.Itsold135,000copiesinthefirstweek,includingC
Dsandstreamedmusic.Thealbumisthesecondtop-10hitforK-pop.Th
efirstwasalsoanalbumbyBTS.Thegroupthankedtheirfansbytweeting
:"It'swonderfulandveryoverwhelming.Thankyoueveryonewhohaslis
tenedtoourmusic.Wewillkeepdoingourbest."BTSwasformedin2013.
ThegroupquicklybecameabigsuccessinKoreawiththeirdebutsong.Th
eywonseveralNewArtistoftheYearawards.Theirpopularitysoonsprea
dandtheystartedtogetmanyfansinJapanandtheUSA.Theyhavemany
followersonsocialmedia.InMarch2016,theybroketherecordforthemo
stre-tweetedartist.InDecember2017,theyweretheworld'smosttwe
etedaboutcelebrities.Theygotoverhalfabillionlikesorre-tweets.BTS
'newalbumismostlyinKorean.EventhoughthereislittleEnglishontheal
bum,theyhavesoldouttoursintheUSA.

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) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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