The Reading / Listening - Reggae - Level 4

Reggae is now a United Nations global cultural treasure - an "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity". The UN called it a cultural form that is worth protecting and promoting. Reggae started in Jamaica in the 1960s. Pioneers include artists like Bob Marley. Jamaica's government was pleased with reggae's new status. It said: "Reggae is uniquely Jamaican. It is a music that we have created that has penetrated all corners of the world."



The UN called reggae a mix of different musical influences, from Jamaica and the Caribbean. It has neo-African styles, soul, rhythm and blues, Ska and Rock Steady. It added that reggae is, "the voice of the marginalized". Reggae is loved by people all over the world. The UN said reggae contributed to, "international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love and humanity," and was an intelligent, sensual and spiritual form of music.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Reggae - Level 5 or  Reggae - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-46383617
  • https://www.nation.co.ke/news/world/Raggae-Unesco-list/1068-4873962-kcone1z/index.html
  • https://ich.unesco.org/en/RL/reggae-music-of-jamaica-01398


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 cultural
  2. worth protecting
  3. Reggae started in Jamaica
  4. Pioneers include artists
  5. pleased with reggae's new
  6. Reggae is uniquely
  7. It is a music that
  8. all corners
  1. of the world
  2. like Bob Marley
  3. Jamaican
  4. form
  5. we have created
  6. in the 1960s
  7. status
  8. and promoting

Paragraph 2

  1. a mix of different musical
  2. from Jamaica and
  3. It has neo-
  4. rhythm and
  5. the voice of the
  6. loved by people all
  7. discourse on issues
  8. an intelligent, sensual and spiritual
  1. over the world
  2. blues
  3. form of music
  4. the Caribbean
  5. African styles
  6. of injustice
  7. marginalized
  8. influences

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Reggae (1) ___________________ United Nations global cultural treasure - an "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity". The UN (2) ___________________ cultural form that is worth (3) ___________________. Reggae started in Jamaica (4) ___________________. Pioneers include artists like Bob Marley. Jamaica's government was pleased with (5) ___________________. It said: "Reggae is uniquely Jamaican. It is a music that we have created that has penetrated (6) ___________________ the world."

The UN called reggae (7) ___________________ different musical influences, from Jamaica and the Caribbean. It has (8) ___________________, soul, rhythm and blues, Ska and Rock Steady. It added (9) ___________________, "the voice of the marginalized". Reggae is loved by people (10) ___________________ world. The UN said reggae contributed to, "international discourse (11) ___________________ injustice, resistance, love and humanity," and was an intelligent, sensual and (12) ___________________ music.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ReggaeisnowaUnitedNationsglobalculturaltreasure-an"Intangibl
eCulturalHeritageofHumanity".TheUNcalleditaculturalformthatiswo
rthprotectingandpromoting.ReggaestartedinJamaicainthe1960s.Pi
oneersincludeartistslikeBobMarley.Jamaica'sgovernmentwaspleas
edwithreggae'snewstatus.Itsaid:"ReggaeisuniquelyJamaican.Itisa
musicthatwehavecreatedthathaspenetratedallcornersoftheworld."
TheUNcalledreggaeamixofdifferentmusicalinfluences,fromJamaica
andtheCaribbean.Ithasneo-Africanstyles,soul,rhythmandblues,Sk
aandRockSteady.Itaddedthatreggaeis,"thevoiceofthemarginalized"
.Reggaeislovedbypeopleallovertheworld.TheUNsaidreggaecontribu
tedto,"internationaldiscourseonissuesofinjustice,resistance,lovean
dhumanity,"andwasanintelligentsensualandspiritualformofmusic.

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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