The Reading / Listening - Mariah Carey - Level 0

Mariah Carey is number one in the U.S. with "All I Want For Christmas Is You". This song is 25 years old. In 1994, it was on a record with other songs, so it could not enter the music chart. Rules changed and the song has got near number one many times. Ms Carey is happy to finally get the top spot. She tweeted: "We did it".



Ms Carey is also an actor and businesswoman. She is the solo artist with the most U.S. number ones. She has 19; The Beatles have 20. Ms Carey can sing in five octaves. "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is very popular at parties and get-togethers. Wikipedia said: "It is the most played holiday song in modern history."

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    Mariah Carey - Level 1 Mariah Carey - Level 2   or  Mariah Carey - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.nme.com/news/music/mariah-careys-all-i-want-for-christmas-is-you-is-finally-us-number-one-after-25-years-2588214
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_I_Want_for_Christmas_Is_You
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50818039


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. number one
  2. This song is 25
  3. on a record with
  4. it could not
  5. music
  6. Rules
  7. the song has got near
  8. happy to finally
  1. get the top spot
  2. other songs
  3. chart
  4. years old
  5. number one
  6. enter
  7. changed
  8. in the U.S.

Paragraph 2

  1. an actor and
  2. solo
  3. the most U.S. number
  4. Ms Carey can sing in
  5. very
  6. at parties and get-
  7. the most played
  8. modern
  1. holiday song
  2. ones
  3. history
  4. artist
  5. togethers
  6. five octaves
  7. businesswoman
  8. popular

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Mariah Carey (1) ___________________ in the U.S. with "All I Want For Christmas Is You". (2) ___________________ 25 years old. In 1994, it was (3) ___________________ with other songs, so it (4) ___________________ the music chart. Rules changed and the song (5) ___________________ number one many times. Ms Carey is happy to finally get (6) ___________________. She tweeted: "We did it".

Ms Carey is (7) ___________________ and businesswoman. She is the (8) ___________________ the most U.S. number ones. She has 19; The Beatles have 20. Ms Carey (9) __________________ five octaves. "All I Want For Christmas Is You" (10) ___________________ at parties and get-togethers. Wikipedia said: "It is (11) ___________________ holiday song (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

MariahCareyisnumberoneintheU.S.with"AllIWantForChristmasIsYo
u".Thissongis25yearsold.In1994,itwasonarecordwithothersongs,so
itcouldnotenterthemusicchart.Ruleschangedandthesonghasgotnea
rnumberonemanytimes.MsCareyishappytofinallygetthetopspot.Sh
etweeted:"Wedidit".MsCareyisalsoanactorandbusinesswoman.Shei
sthesoloartistwiththemostU.S.numberones.Shehas19;TheBeatlesh
ave20.MsCareycansinginfiveoctaves."AllIWantForChristmasIsY
ou"isverypopularatpartiesandget-togethers.Wikipediasaid:"Itisthe
mostplayedholidaysonginmodernhistory."

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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Free writing

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