The Reading / Listening - BTS - Level 3

A South Korean pop act has reached number one in the U.S. album charts for the first time ever. The boy band BTS debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with their new album, "Love Yourself: Tear". The seven-member K-pop band released their album on May 18. It sold 135,000 copies in the week ending May 24, including CDs and streamed music. The album is the second top-10 hit for K-pop. The first K-pop entry into the Billboard 200 albums chart was also an album by BTS. The group thanked their fans on social media 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 by the Big Hit Entertainment company in 2013. The group quickly became a big success in Korea with their debut song "No More Dream". They won several New Artist of the Year awards. Their popularity soon spread overseas and they started to get many fans in Japan and the USA. They have a huge following on social media. In March 2016, they broke the world record for the most re-tweeted artist on Twitter. In December 2017, they were the most tweeted about celebrities on Earth, being liked or re-tweeted over half a billion times. BTS' new album is performed mostly in the Korean language. Even though there is very little English on the album, they have sold out concert tours in the USA.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    BTS - Level 0 BTS - Level 1   or  BTS - Level 2

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. K-POP: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about K-Pop. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       South Korea / number one / first time / albums / streamed music / social media / best
       company / success / debut / popularity / huge / world record / celebrities / language
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. POP MUSIC: Students A strongly believe pop music is the best music genre; Students B strongly believe it isn't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. MUSIC: What is good and bad about these kinds of music? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good

Bad

Pop

 

 

Classical

 

 

Electro

 

 

Country

 

 

Heavy Metal

 

 

Jazz

 

 

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5. NUMBER ONE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "number one". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. LISTEN: Rank these with your partner. Put the best ways to listen to music at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • YouTube
  • Live
  • Radio
  • Vinyl records
  • mp3 player
  • TV show
  • Streaming
  • Other ________

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. act a. Being one part of something.
      2. debuted b. A collection of sings of music put on a CD, record, mp3 file, etc.
      3. album c. The first public appearance of a new product or show.
      4. released d. Very, very strong feeling.
      5. including e. A musical, dance or stage group.
      6. social media f. Made a song, movie or recording available for people to buy or listen to, read, watch, etc.
      7. overwhelming g. Websites and apps (applications) that that let people create and share things online, or to join social networks.

    Paragraph 2

      8. formed h. Doing something you really wanted to do.
      9. success i. Very, very, very big.
      10. several j. Sang, danced, acted, read a poem, etc. in front of people.
      11. popularity k. More than two but not many.
      12. huge l. Famous people.
      13. celebrities m. How well you are liked, admired, or supported by many people.
      14. performed n. Organized people or things into a group or body.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. BTS are the second Korean band to have a number one album.     T / F
  2. The BTS album sold over half a million copies.     T / F
  3. The record sales included streamed music.     T / F
  4. The article said the band messaged its thanks to fans on Facebook.     T / F
  5. BTS first started singing together in 2014.     T / F
  6. BTS won more than one New Artist of the Year award.     T / F
  7. The band got over half a billion likes and re-tweets in 2017.     T / F
  8. The band's concerts in the USA have all sold out.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. reached
  2. ever
  3. debuted
  4. hit
  5. fans
  6. formed
  7. several
  8. huge
  9. celebrities
  10. mostly
  1. a number of
  2. success
  3. in history
  4. very, very big
  5. largely
  6. got to
  7. famous people
  8. created
  9. premiered
  10. supporters

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. for the first time
  2. The seven-
  3. including CDs and
  4. The group thanked their
  5. We will keep doing
  6. The group quickly became a
  7. debut
  8. Their popularity soon spread
  9. the most tweeted about
  10. there is very little English on
  1. overseas
  2. streamed music
  3. our best
  4. the album
  5. big success
  6. ever
  7. celebrities on Earth
  8. fans
  9. song
  10. member K-pop band

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
member
fans
streamed
best
ever
overwhelming
reached
entry

A South Korean pop act has (1) ____________ number one in the U.S. album charts for the first time (2) ____________. The boy band BTS debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with their new album, "Love Yourself: Tear". The seven- (3) ____________ K-pop band released their album on May 18. It sold 135,000 copies in the week ending May 24, including CDs and (4) ____________ music. The album is the second top-10 hit for K-pop. The first K-pop (5) ____________ into the Billboard 200 albums chart was also an album by BTS. The group thanked their (6) ____________ on social media by tweeting: "It's wonderful and very (7) ____________. Thank you everyone who has listened to our music. We will keep doing our (8) ____________."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
success
huge
celebrities
formed
tours
popularity
mostly
artist

BTS was (9) ____________ by the Big Hit Entertainment company in 2013. The group quickly became a big (10) ____________ in Korea with their debut song "No More Dream". They won several New Artist of the Year awards. Their (11) ____________ soon spread overseas and they started to get many fans in Japan and the USA. They have a (12) ____________ following on social media. In March 2016, they broke the world record for the most re-tweeted (13) ____________ on Twitter. In December 2017, they were the most tweeted about (14) ____________ on Earth, being liked or re-tweeted over half a billion times. BTS' new album is performed (15) ____________ in the Korean language. Even though there is very little English on the album, they have sold out concert (16) ____________ in the USA.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  reached number one in the U.S. album charts for the ______
     a.  first time never
     b.  first time ever
     c.  first time every
     d.  first time even
2)  It sold 135,000 copies in the week ending May 24, including CDs and ______
     a.  steamed music
     b.  screamed music
     c.  streamed music
     d.  seamed music
3)  The album is the second top-10 ______
     a.  hits for K-pop
     b.  hitting for K-pop
     c.  hit for K-pop
     d.  hitter for K-pop
4)  thanked their fans on social media by tweeting: "It's wonderful and ______"
     a.  very underwhelming
     b.  very overwhelming
     c.  very over-welcoming
     d.  very overly welcoming
5) Thank you everyone who has listened to our music. We will keep ______
     a.  do in our best
     b.  doing your best
     c.  done your best
     d.  doing our best

6)  The group quickly became a big success in Korea with their ______
     a.  debuted song
     b.  debuts song
     c.  debut song
     d.  debutante song
7)  Their popularity soon spread overseas and they started to get ______ Japan
     a.  many fans in
     b.  many flans in
     c.  many ferns in
     d.  many fawns in
8)  They have a huge following on ______
     a.  socially media
     b.  social media
     c.  social medium
     d.  so shall media
9)  In December 2017, they were the most tweeted about ______ Earth
     a.  celebrations in
     b.  celebrities on
     c.  sell abilities in
     d.  cell abilities on
10)  Even though there is very little English on the album, they have ______ tours
     a.  soul doubt concert
     b.  sole doubt concert
     c.  sold out concert
     d.  soldered out concert

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A South Korean (1) ____________________ reached number one in the U.S. album charts for the first time ever. The boy band BTS debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums (2) ____________________ new album, "Love Yourself: Tear". The seven-member K-pop band released their album on May 18. It sold 135,000 copies in (3) ____________________ May 24, including CDs and streamed music. The album is the (4) ____________________ hit for K-pop. The first K-pop entry into the Billboard 200 albums chart was also an album by BTS. The group thanked their (5) ____________________ media by tweeting: "It's wonderful and very overwhelming. Thank you everyone who has listened to our music. We will (6) ____________________ best."

BTS was (7) ____________________ Big Hit Entertainment company in 2013. The group quickly became a big success in Korea with (8) ____________________ "No More Dream". They won several New Artist of the Year awards. Their popularity (9) ____________________ and they started to get many fans in Japan and the USA. They have a huge following on social media. In March 2016, they (10) ____________________ record for the most re-tweeted artist on Twitter. In December 2017, they were the most tweeted about celebrities on Earth, being liked or re-tweeted over (11) ____________________ times. BTS' new album is performed mostly in the Korean language. Even though there is very little English on the album, they have sold (12) ____________________ in the USA.

Comprehension questions

  1. How many times has a K-pop band been No 1 in the US album charts?
  2. When did BTS release their new album?
  3. How many copies did the album sell in the first week?
  4. On what social media platform did BTS thank their fans?
  5. What did BTS say they would keep doing?
  6. When was the band BTS started?
  7. What was the name of the band's debut song?
  8. When did BTS break a record for the most re-tweeted artist on Twitter?
  9. How many likes and re-tweets did BTS get in 2017?
  10. What happened to BTS' U.S. concert tour?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How many times has a K-pop band been No 1 in the US album charts?
a) 3
b) 1
c) 2
d) 10
2) When did BTS release their new album?
a) May 15
b) May 16
c) May 17
d) May 18
3) How many copies did the album sell in the first week?
a) 135,000 copies
b) 138,000 copies
c) 185,000 copies
d) 153,000 copies
4) On what social media platform did BTS thank their fans?
a) SnapChat
b) Instagram
c) Twitter
d) Facebook
5) What did BTS say they would keep doing?
a) touring
b) their best
c) smiling
d) writing

6) When was the band BTS started?
a) 2012
b) 2014
c) 2013
d) 2015
7) What was the name of the band's debut song?
a) Love You
b) Big Time
c) Big Success
d) No More Dream
8) When did BTS break a record for the most re-tweeted artist on Twitter?
a) March 2016
b) April 2017
c) July 2017
d) March 2018
9) How many likes and re-tweets did BTS get in 2017?
a) over half a billion
b) over half a million
c) over half a trillion
d) over half a quadrillion
10) What happened to BTS' U.S. concert tour?
a) it featured guest artists
b) it sold out
c) it went well
d) BTS added dates

Role play

Role  A – TV Show
You think a TV show is the best way to listen to music. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): live, radio or vinyl records.

Role  B – Live
You think live is the best way to listen to music. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): a TV show, radio or vinyl records.

Role  C – Radio
You think radio is the best way to listen to music. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): live, a TV show or vinyl records.

Role  D – Vinyl Records
You think vinyl records is the best way to listen to music. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why):  live, radio or a TV show.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'album'

  • ________________
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  • and 'chart'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • 2013
    • several
    • spread
    • 2016
    • 2017
    • sold
    • act
    • seven
    • copies
    • second
    • thanked
    • best




    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 - Korean boy band BTS No.1 in US album chart

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'album'?
    3. What do you know about K-pop?
    4. What is your favourite kind of music?
    5. How big is this news for K-pop?
    6. What do you think of boy bands?
    7. Is music becoming more international?
    8. Do you listen to songs sung in other languages?
    9. How important are the album charts?
    10. Do you prefer buying albums or singles?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'chart'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think about pop music?
    5. Do you think pop artists should also be able to play instruments?
    6. Who are the most popular bands in your country?
    7. Do you follow celebrities on social media?
    8. Who are you a big fan of, and why?
    9. What is the best concert you've been to?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the band?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    A South Korean pop act has (1) ____ number one in the U.S. album charts for the first time ever. The boy band BTS (2) ____ at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with their new album, "Love Yourself: Tear". The seven-(3) ____ K-pop band released their album on May 18. It sold 135,000 copies in the week ending May 24, including CDs and (4) ____ music. The album is the second top-10 hit for K-pop. The first K-pop entry into the Billboard 200 albums chart was also an album by BTS. The group thanked their fans (5) ____ social media by tweeting: "It's wonderful and very overwhelming. Thank you everyone who has (6) ____ to our music. We will keep doing our best."

    BTS was formed by the Big Hit Entertainment company in 2013. The group (7) ____ became a big success in Korea with their debut song "No More Dream". They won several New Artist of the Year awards. Their (8) ____ soon spread overseas and they started to get many fans in Japan and the USA. They have a (9) ____ following on social media. In March 2016, they broke the world record for the most re-tweeted artist on Twitter. In December 2017, they were the most tweeted about (10) ____ on Earth, being liked or re-tweeted over half a billion times. BTS' new album is performed (11) ____ in the Korean language. Even though there is very little English on the album, they have sold (12) ____ concert tours in the USA.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     wrecked     (b)     reacted     (c)     receded     (d)     reached    
    2. (a)     debuting     (b)     debut     (c)     debuts     (d)     debuted    
    3. (a)     boys     (b)     member     (c)     people     (d)     group    
    4. (a)     screamed     (b)     shamed     (c)     streamed     (d)     steamed    
    5. (a)     in     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     by    
    6. (a)     listened     (b)     listen     (c)     listening     (d)     listener    
    7. (a)     quick     (b)     quickly     (c)     quicken     (d)     quickening    
    8. (a)     popularity     (b)     population     (c)     populace     (d)     popping    
    9. (a)     extra     (b)     huge     (c)     follower     (d)     copy    
    10. (a)     adaptors     (b)     cartoons     (c)     celebrities     (d)     contents    
    11. (a)     main     (b)     much     (c)     mostly     (d)     merely    
    12. (a)     down     (b)     in     (c)     up     (d)     out

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  awards. Their popularity soon spread overseas and they started to get many fans in Japan and the USA. They have a huge
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    (...)  artist on Twitter. In December 2017, they were the most tweeted about celebrities on Earth, being liked or re-tweeted
    (...)  everyone who has listened to our music. We will keep doing our best."
    (...)  ending May 24, including CDs and streamed music. The album is the second top-10 hit for K-pop. The first K-pop entry
    (...)  their fans on social media by tweeting: "It's wonderful and very overwhelming. Thank you
    (...)  following on social media. In March 2016, they broke the world record for the most re-tweeted
    (...)  member K-pop band released their album on May 18. It sold 135,000 copies in the week
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    (...)  BTS was formed by the Big Hit Entertainment company in 2013. The group quickly became a big
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    (...)  success in Korea with their debut song "No More Dream". They won several New Artist of the Year
    (...)  ever. The boy band BTS debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with their new album, "Love Yourself: Tear". The seven-
    (...)  there is very little English on the album, they have sold out concert tours in the USA.

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. released   K-pop   album   .   seven-member   their   band   The
    3. second   The   album   the   hit   .   is   top-10
    4. thanked   The   group   on   fans   social   media   .   their
    5. our   everyone   music   .   to   you   listened   who   Thank
    6. big   quickly   became   The   group   a   success   .
    7. started   in   They   Japan   .   to   fans   many   get
    8. have   on   following   huge   a   They   social   media   .
    9. tweeted   on   most   The   about   celebrities   Earth   .
    10. concert   have   sold   out   in   They   tours   America   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A South Korean pop act has reached / reacted number one in the U.S. album charts for the first time never / ever. The boy band BTS debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with them / their new album, "Love Yourself: Tear". The seven-member K-pop band released their album in / on May 18. It sold 135,000 copies in the week ending / end May 24, including CDs and streamed music. The album is the second top-10 hit for K-pop. The first K-pop enter / entry into the Billboard 200 albums chart was also / well an album by BTS. The group thanked their fans / fan on social media by tweeting: "It's wonderful and very underwhelming / overwhelming. Thank you everyone who has listened to our music. We will keep doing your / our best."

    BTS was formed by / to the Big Hit Entertainment company in 2013. The group quickly became a big success in Korea with their rebut / debut song "No More Dream". They won few / several New Artist of the Year awards. Their popularity / popular soon spread overseas and they started / starred to get many fans in Japan and the USA. They have a hug / huge following on social media. In March 2016, they broke / break the world record for the most re-tweeted artist on Twitter. In December 2017, they were the most tweeted about celebrities / celebrations on Earth, being liked or re-tweeted over half a billion times. BTS' new album is / be performed mostly in the Korean language. Even though there is very little English on the album, they have sold out / in concert tours in the USA.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a south korean pop act has reached number one in the us album charts for the first time ever the boy band bts debuted at no 1 on the billboard 200 albums chart with their new album love yourself tear the sevenmember kpop band released their album on may 18 it sold 135000 copies in the week ending may 24 including cds and streamed music the album is the second top10 hit for kpop the first kpop entry into the billboard 200 albums chart was also an album by bts the group thanked their fans on social media by tweeting its wonderful and very overwhelming thank you everyone who has listened to our music we will keep doing our best

    bts was formed by the big hit entertainment company in 2013 the group quickly became a big success in korea with their debut song no more dream they won several new artist of the year awards their popularity soon spread overseas and they started to get many fans in japan and the usa they have a huge following on social media in march 2016 they broke the world record for the most retweeted artist on twitter in december 2017 they were the most tweeted about celebrities on earth being liked or retweeted over half a billion times bts new album is performed mostly in the korean language even though there is very little english on the album they have sold out concert tours in the usa.

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    ASouthKoreanpopacthasreachednumberoneintheU.S.albumchartsf
    orthefirsttimeever.TheboybandBTSdebutedatNo.1ontheBillboard2
    00albumschartwiththeirnewalbum,"LoveYourself:Tear".Theseven-
    memberK-popbandreleasedtheiralbumonMay18.Itsold135,000co
    piesintheweekendingMay24,includingCDsandstreamedmusic.Theal
    bumisthesecondtop-10hitforK-pop.ThefirstK-popentryintotheBillbo
    ard200albumschartwasalsoanalbumbyBTS.Thegroupthankedtheirf
    ansonsocialmediabytweeting:"It'swonderfulandveryoverwhelming.
    Thankyoueveryonewhohaslistenedtoourmusic.Wewillkeepdoingour
    best."BTSwasformedbytheBigHitEntertainmentcompanyin2013.Th
    egroupquicklybecameabigsuccessinKoreawiththeirdebutsong"NoM
    oreDream".TheywonseveralNewArtistoftheYearawards.Theirpopul
    aritysoonspreadoverseasandtheystartedtogetmanyfansinJapanand
    theUSA.Theyhaveahugefollowingonsocialmedia.InMarch2016,they
    broketheworldrecordforthemostre-tweetedartistonTwitter.InDec
    ember2017,theywerethemosttweetedaboutcelebritiesonEarth,bein
    glikedorre-tweetedoverhalfabilliontimes.BTS'newalbumisperforme
    dmostlyintheKoreanlanguage.EventhoughthereisverylittleEnglisho
    nthealbum,theyhavesoldoutconcerttoursintheUSA.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Pop music is the best kind of music. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. BTS: Make a poster about BTS. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. POP MUSIC: Write a magazine article about pop music being the best kind of music in the world. Include imaginary interviews with people who believe this and with people who do not believe it.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on K-Pop. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on pop music. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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