The Reading / Listening - Reggae - Level 5

Reggae has become a global cultural treasure. The United Nations cultural arm UNESCO added reggae to its list of cultural forms worthy of protecting and promoting. UNESCO said reggae was an "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity". Reggae originated in Jamaica in the early 1960s. Pioneers included artists such as Peter Tosh and the legendary Bob Marley. The Jamaican government was pleased with reggae's new status. Its culture minister said: "Reggae is uniquely Jamaican. It is a music that we have created that has penetrated all corners of the world."



UNESCO said reggae is, "an amalgam of numerous musical influences," including Jamaican and Caribbean forms, neo-African styles, soul, rhythm and blues, and Ska and Rock Steady. It added that reggae is, "the voice of the marginalized". Reggae is now played and loved by a wide cross-section of society around the world. UNESCO said: "Reggae's contribution to international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love and humanity [highlights] the dynamics of the [music] as being...socio-political, sensual and spiritual."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Reggae - Level 4 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The United Nations cultural
  2. worthy of protecting
  3. Reggae originated
  4. in the early
  5. Pioneers included artists
  6. reggae's new
  7. It is a music that we
  8. penetrated all corners
  1. status
  2. 1960s
  3. of the world
  4. and promoting
  5. have created
  6. arm UNESCO
  7. in Jamaica
  8. such as Peter Tosh

Paragraph 2

  1. an amalgam of numerous
  2. neo-
  3. rhythm and
  4. reggae is the voice
  5. a wide cross-section of
  6. international discourse on
  7. highlights the dynamics
  8. sensual
  1. of the music
  2. of the marginalized
  3. society
  4. and spiritual
  5. African styles
  6. blues
  7. issues of injustice
  8. musical influences

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Reggae (1) ___________________ global cultural treasure. The United Nations cultural arm UNESCO added reggae (2) ___________________ of cultural forms worthy of protecting and promoting. UNESCO (3) ___________________ an "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity". Reggae originated in Jamaica in the early 1960s. Pioneers included artists such as Peter Tosh (4) ___________________ Bob Marley. The Jamaican government was pleased with reggae's new status. (5) ___________________ said: "Reggae is uniquely Jamaican. It is a music that we have created that has penetrated (6) ___________________ the world."

UNESCO said reggae is, "(7) ___________________ numerous musical influences," including Jamaican and Caribbean forms, neo-African styles, soul, (8) ___________________, and Ska and Rock Steady. It added that reggae is, "the (9) ___________________ marginalized". Reggae is now played and loved by a (10) ___________________ of society around the world. UNESCO said: "Reggae's contribution to international (11) ___________________ of injustice, resistance, love and humanity [highlights] the dynamics of the [music] as being...socio-political, (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Reggaehasbecomeaglobalculturaltreasure.TheUnitedNationscultur
alarmUNESCOaddedreggaetoitslistofculturalformsworthyofprotecti
ngandpromoting.UNESCOsaidreggaewasan"IntangibleCulturalHeri
tageofHumanity".ReggaeoriginatedinJamaicaintheearly1960s.Pion
eersincludedartistssuchasPeterToshandthelegendaryBobMarley.Th
eJamaicangovernmentwaspleasedwithreggae'snewstatus.Itscultur
eministersaid:"ReggaeisuniquelyJamaican.Itisamusicthatwehavecr
eatedthathaspenetratedallcornersoftheworld."UNESCOsaidreggaei
s,"anamalgamofnumerousmusicalinfluences,"includingJamaicanan
dCaribbeanforms,neo-Africanstyles,soul,rhythmandblues,andSka
andRockSteady.Itaddedthatreggaeis,"thevoiceofthemarginalized".
Reggaeisnowplayedandlovedbyawidecross-sectionofsocietyaround
theworld.UNESCOsaid:"Reggae'scontributiontointernationaldiscou
rseonissuesofinjustice,resistance,loveandhumanity[highlights]the
dynamicsofthe[music]asbeing...socio-political,sensualandspiritual
."

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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