The Reading / Listening - Mariah Carey - Level 1

Mariah Carey is number one in the U.S. music charts with "All I Want For Christmas Is You". The festive best seller came out 25 years ago. It was on a record with other songs, so it could not be in Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Rules have been changed and the song has got near number one several times. Ms Carey is happy her song finally hit the top spot. She tweeted: "We did it". The song is also the most streamed song in the U.K. on Spotify.



Mariah Carey was born in 1969. She is also an actor and businesswoman. She is the solo artist with the most number ones in the USA. She has 19; The Beatles have 20. The Guinness World Records book said she has a unique voice. She can use five octaves. "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is very popular at Christmas parties and get-togethers. Wikipedia said: "It is an up-tempo love song....It is the most played holiday song in modern history."

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    Mariah Carey - Level 0 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 in the
  2. The festive best seller came
  3. It was on a record with
  4. Rules have been
  5. the song has got near
  6. several
  7. her song finally hit the top
  8. the most streamed
  1. spot
  2. changed
  3. times
  4. song
  5. other songs
  6. U.S. music charts
  7. number one
  8. out 25 years ago

Paragraph 2

  1. She is also an actor and
  2. the most number
  3. she has a unique
  4. She can use five
  5. Christmas parties and get-
  6. It is an up-
  7. It is the most played
  8. modern
  1. togethers
  2. history
  3. tempo love song
  4. ones
  5. holiday song
  6. businesswoman
  7. voice
  8. octaves

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Mariah Carey (1) ___________________ in the U.S. music charts with "All I Want For Christmas Is You". The (2) ___________________ came out 25 years ago. It was on a record (3) ___________________, so it could not be in Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Rules have been (4) ___________________ song has got near number one several times. Ms Carey is happy her song (5) ___________________ top spot. She tweeted: "We did it". The song is also the (6) ___________________ in the U.K. on Spotify.

Mariah Carey was born in 1969. She is (7) ___________________ and businesswoman. She is (8) ___________________ with the most number ones in the USA. She has 19; The Beatles have 20. The Guinness World Records book said she has (9) ___________________. She can use five octaves. "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is (10) ___________________ Christmas parties and get-togethers. Wikipedia said: "It (11) ___________________ love song....It is the most played holiday song (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

MariahCareyisnumberoneintheU.S.musicchartswith"AllIWantForCh
ristmasIsYou".Thefestivebestsellercameout25yearsago.Itwasonar
ecordwithothersongs,soitcouldnotbeinBillboard'sHot100chart.Rule
shavebeenchangedandthesonghasgotnearnumberoneseveraltimes
.MsCareyishappyhersongfinallyhitthetopspot.Shetweeted:"Wedidit
".ThesongisalsothemoststreamedsongintheU.K.onSpotify.MariahC
areywasbornin1969.Sheisalsoanactorandbusinesswoman.Sheisthe
soloartistwiththemostnumberonesintheUSA.Shehas19;TheBeatles
have20.TheGuinnessWorldRecordsbooksaidshehasauniquevoice.S
hecanusefiveoctaves."AllIWantForChristmasIsYou"isverypopularat
Christmaspartiesandget-togethers.Wikipediasaid:"Itisanup-temp
olovesong....Itisthemostplayedholidaysonginmodernhistory."

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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