The Reading / Listening - Radio Show - Level 6

A 96-year-old DJ has retired after broadcasting for more than seven decades. Ray Cordeiro hosted his final radio show in Hong Kong. It has been running on the RTHK station since 1970. Mr Cordeiro is a legendary broadcaster in Hong Kong and is a household name for several generations of Hong Kongers. The veteran DJ decided it was the right time to hang up his boots on his show All The Way With Ray on Saturday night. He ended his final programme with his customary words: "Well, that's it. Thank you very much for tuning in. Goodbye. Thank you for coming." He said he was the "luckiest man in the world". He told listeners: "To do what I want to do, to love what I want to love. I don't think I have any regrets."

Ray Cordeiro is affectionately called Uncle Ray. He is known for his trademark baritone voice and for wearing a flat cap. His shows were full of easy-listening music and chat in English and Cantonese. In 2000, the Guinness Book of World Records awarded him the title of the world's most durable DJ. His fame extended beyond the shores of Hong Kong. In his role as Hong Kong's most celebrated broadcaster, he got to know some of the biggest names in the music industry, including the Beatles. He said COVID-19 affected his decision to retire. He said: "Working these past many months in the presence of COVID-19 was difficult, especially knowing that I am in the high-risk demographic."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Radio Show - Level 4  or  Radio Show - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-57129010
  • https://www.scmp.com/comment/opinion/article/3133376/uncle-ray-always-hit-listeners
  • https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/ray-cordeiro-96-year-old-radio-dj-bids-farewell-in-hong-kong-14815506


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Warm-ups

1. RADIO SHOWS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about radio shows. 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?
       DJ / retired / broadcasting / radio / a household name / generation / goodbye / regret
       trademark / baritone voice / title / fame / music industry / decision / retire / high risk
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. DJ: Students A strongly believe DJs have a very important job; Students B strongly believe they don't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. MUSIC: What are the good and bad things about these things for listening to music? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good Things

Bad Things

Radio

 

 

Streaming

 

 

Concert hall

 

 

Podcast

 

 

TV

 

 

You Tube

 

 

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5. STATION: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "station". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. RADIO SHOWS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best radio shows at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Easy-listening
  • Politics
  • Sports
  • Gardening
  • Local news
  • Language learning
  • World news
  • Pop music

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. broadcasting a. All of the people born around the same time, thought of as a group.
      2. decade b. Feel sad or disappointed over something that has happened or been done, especially a loss or missed opportunity.
      3. legendary c. Sending a radio or television show to listeners or viewers.
      4. household name d. A period of ten years.
      5. generation e. Commonly known by a lot of people.
      6. customary f. According to a person's usual practice or ways.
      7. regret g. Very, very well known; famous.

    Paragraph 2

      8. affectionately h. A particular area of economic or commercial activity.
      9. trademark i. Made larger.
      10. baritone j. Able to withstand pressure; having endurance.
      11. durable k. In a way that displays fondness or tenderness.
      12. extended l. Relating to the structure of populations.
      13. industry m. A habit, quality, or way of life that is typical of someone.
      14. demographic n. A kind of deep voice.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. A man who worked as a DJ for over 70 years retired.     T / F
  2. The man founded and set up a radio station called RTHK in 1970.     T / F
  3. The DJ was known for hanging up his boots in his studio.     T / F
  4. The DJ is full of regrets about his career.     T / F
  5. The DJ was well known for playing opera - especially baritone voices.     T / F
  6. The Guinness Book of World Records said he was the oldest ever DJ.     T / F
  7. The DJ got to know the group The Beatles.     T / F
  8. The DJ is resigning because of fears over COVID-19.     T / F

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

  1. running
  2. veteran
  3. customary
  4. luckiest
  5. love
  6. known
  7. awarded
  8. celebrated
  9. industry
  10. high-risk
  1. traditional
  2. recognized
  3. adore
  4. business
  5. airing
  6. acclaimed
  7. most fortunate
  8. precarious
  9. long-serving
  10. given

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

  1. broadcasting for more than
  2. Mr Cordeiro is a legendary
  3. a household name for
  4. Thank you very much for
  5. I don't think I have
  6. He is known for his trademark
  7. Hong Kong's most
  8. some of the biggest names
  9. COVID-19 affected
  10. knowing that I am in the high-
  1. risk demographic
  2. in the music industry
  3. tuning in
  4. seven decades
  5. broadcaster
  6. his decision to retire
  7. any regrets
  8. baritone voice
  9. celebrated broadcaster
  10. several generations

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
hang up
running
regrets
retired
generations
tuning
hosted
customary

A 96-year-old DJ has (1) _____________________ after broadcasting for more than seven decades. Ray Cordeiro (2) _____________________ his final radio show in Hong Kong. It has been (3) _____________________ on the RTHK station since 1970. Mr Cordeiro is a legendary broadcaster in Hong Kong and is a household name for several (4) _____________________ of Hong Kongers. The veteran DJ decided it was the right time to (5) _____________________ his boots on his show All The Way With Ray on Saturday night. He ended his final programme with his (6) _____________________ words: "Well, that's it. Thank you very much for (7) _____________________ in. Goodbye. Thank you for coming." He said he was the "luckiest man in the world". He told listeners: "To do what I want to do, to love what I want to love. I don't think I have any (8) _____________________."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
awarded
celebrated
presence
affectionately
demographic
shores
cap
industry

Ray Cordeiro is (9) _____________________ called Uncle Ray. He is known for his trademark baritone voice and for wearing a flat (10) _____________________. His shows were full of easy-listening music and chat in English and Cantonese. In 2000, the Guinness Book of World Records (11) _____________________ him the title of the world's most durable DJ. His fame extended beyond the (12) _____________________ of Hong Kong. In his role as Hong Kong's most (13) _____________________ broadcaster, he got to know some of the biggest names in the music (14) _____________________, including the Beatles. He said COVID-19 affected his decision to retire. He said: "Working these past many months in the (15) _____________________ of COVID-19 was difficult, especially knowing that I am in the high-risk (16) _____________________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A 96-year-old DJ has retired after broadcasting for more ______
     a.  than sevens decades
     b.  that's even decades
     c.  than seven decades
     d.  them seven decades
2)  The veteran DJ decided it was the right time to hang ______
     a.  up this beauts
     b.  up his duties
     c.  up his pouts
     d.  up his boots
3)  With Ray on Saturday night. He ended his final programme with ______
     a.  his customary words
     b.  this customary words
     c.  his custom airy words
     d.  this custom Mary words
4)  Well, that's it. Thank you very much ______
     a.  for tuning in
     b.  for turning in
     c.  for tune in
     d.  for tuner in
5)  I don't think I ______
     a.  have any egrets
     b.  have any rig lets
     c.  have any regrets
     d.  have any regress

6) Cordeiro is affectionately called Uncle Ray. He is known for his trademark ______
     a.  baritone voice
     b.  barely a tone voice
     c.  atonal voice
     d.  barrier tone voice
7)  His shows were full of easy-listening ______
     a.  muse and chat
     b.  music and chat
     c.  muse, sick and chat
     d.  music kind chat
8)  The Guinness Book of World Records awarded him the title of the world's ______
     a.  must durable DJ
     b.  most doable DJ
     c.  most durable DJ
     d.  must doable DJ
9)  His fame extended beyond the ______
     a.  shorts of Hong Kong
     b.  shares of Hong Kong
     c.  sure of Hong Kong
     d.  shores of Hong Kong
10)  COVID-19 was difficult, especially knowing that I am in the ______
     a.  high-risk demonstration
     b.  high-risk demagoguery
     c.  high-risk demo traffic
     d.  high-risk demographic

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A 96-year-old DJ (1) ____________________ broadcasting for more than seven decades. Ray Cordeiro (2) ____________________ radio show in Hong Kong. It has been running on the RTHK station since 1970. Mr Cordeiro is a legendary broadcaster in Hong Kong and is (3) ____________________ for several generations of Hong Kongers. The veteran DJ decided it was the right time to hang (4) ____________________ on his show All The Way With Ray on Saturday night. He ended his final programme with his customary words: "Well, that's it. Thank you very much (5) ____________________. Goodbye. Thank you for coming." He said he was the "luckiest man in the world". He told listeners: "To do what I want to do, to love what I want to love. I don't think I (6) ____________________."

Ray Cordeiro (7) ____________________ Uncle Ray. He is known for his trademark (8) ____________________ for wearing a flat cap. His shows were full of easy-listening music and chat in English and Cantonese. In 2000, the Guinness Book of World Records awarded him the title of the world's most durable DJ. His (9) ____________________ the shores of Hong Kong. In his role as Hong Kong's most celebrated broadcaster, he got to know some of the biggest names in (10) ____________________, including the Beatles. He said COVID-19 affected his decision to retire. He said: "Working these past many months in (11) ____________________ COVID-19 was difficult, especially knowing that I am in the (12) ____________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. For how long was Ray Cordeiro a DJ?
  2. When did the radio station RTHK begin broadcasting?
  3. What did Ray decide it was time for him to do to his boots?
  4. How lucky did Ray say he felt?
  5. What did Ray say he didn't have any of?
  6. What is the DJ's nickname?
  7. What two languages did Ray use on his radio show?
  8. What title did the Guinness Book of World Records give to him?
  9. What is the big music industry name that Ray got to know?
  10. What did Ray say he was in regarding COVID-19?




Multiple choice quiz

1) For how long was Ray Cordeiro a DJ?
a) around 70 years
b) exactly 70 years
c) over 70 years
d) just under 70 years
2) When did the radio station RTHK begin broadcasting?
a) 1970
b) 1971
c) 1972
d) 1973
3) What did Ray decide it was time for him to do to his boots?
a) polish them
b) hang them up
c) change them
d) do them up
4) How lucky did Ray say he felt?
a) not at all lucky
b) a little lucky
c) very lucky
d) the luckiest man in the world
5) What did Ray say he didn't have any of?
a) Lady Gaga's records
b) favourite songs
c) regrets
d) CDs

6) What is the DJ's nickname?
a) Ray Ray
b) Uncle Ray
c) Easy Ray
d) Man Ray
7) What two languages did Ray use on his radio show?
a) Mandarin and Portuguese
b) Portuguese and English
c) Portuguese and Cantonese
d) English and Cantonese
8) What title did the Guinness Book of World Records give to him?
a) the world's oldest DJ
b) the world's most durable DJ
c) the world's oddest DJ
d) the world's luckiest DJ
9) What is the big music industry name that Ray got to know?
a) the Stones
b) the Beatles
c) the Who
d) the Doors
10) What did Ray say he was in regarding COVID-19?
a) a high-risk demographic
b) a quandary
c) a mess
d) a fit of rage

Role play

Role  A – Easy-listening Music
You think easy-listening music is the best thing to listen to on the radio. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): language learning, world news or local news.

Role  B – Language Learning
You think language learning is the best thing to listen to on the radio. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): easy-listening music, world news or local news.

Role  C – World News
You think world news is the best thing to listen to on the radio. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): language learning, easy-listening music or local news.

Role  D – Local News
You think local news is the best thing to listen to on the radio. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): language learning, world news or easy-listening music.

After reading / listening

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

'record'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'retire'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • 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:

    • decades
    • running
    • legendary
    • boots
    • tuning
    • any
    • called
    • cap
    • chat
    • fame
    • names
    • risk

    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 - Radio Show

    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 'record'?
    3. What do you think of DJs?
    4. What kind of people make good DJs?
    5. Would you like the same career for seven decades?
    6. Who is your favourite DJ or radio presenter?
    7. What do you think of radio shows?
    8. Is music radio or chat radio best?
    9. Do you have any regrets?
    10. What do you want to do in life?

    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 'retire'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Is there any need for radio in this Internet age?
    5. What do you think of easy-listening radio shows?
    6. What kind of DJ do you think you would be?
    7. What advice do you have for Ray?
    8. What do you think Ray should do next?
    9. In what ways is radio better than television?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the DJ?

    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 96-year-old DJ has (1) ____ after broadcasting for more than seven decades. Ray Cordeiro hosted his final radio show in Hong Kong. It has been (2) ____ on the RTHK station since 1970. Mr Cordeiro is a legendary broadcaster in Hong Kong and is a (3) ____ name for several generations of Hong Kongers. The veteran DJ decided it was the right time to (4) ____ up his boots on his show All The Way With Ray on Saturday night. He ended his final programme (5) ____ his customary words: "Well, that's it. Thank you very much for tuning in. Goodbye. Thank you for coming." He said he was the "luckiest man in the world". He told listeners: "To do what I want to do, to love what I want to love. I don't think I have any (6) ____."

    Ray Cordeiro is affectionately called Uncle Ray. He is known (7) ____ his trademark baritone voice and for wearing a flat cap. His shows were full of easy-listening music and chat in English and Cantonese. In 2000, the Guinness Book of World Records awarded him the title of the world's most (8) ____ DJ. His fame extended beyond the (9) ____ of Hong Kong. In his role as Hong Kong's most celebrated broadcaster, he got to know some of the biggest names (10) ____ the music industry, including the Beatles. He said COVID-19 (11) ____ his decision to retire. He said: "Working these past many months in the presence of COVID-19 was difficult, especially (12) ____ that I am in the high-risk demographic."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     retried     (b)     retread     (c)     retired     (d)     rutted    
    2. (a)     running     (b)     ruing     (c)     ruin     (d)     roaming    
    3. (a)     household     (b)     homework     (c)     homely     (d)     hometown    
    4. (a)     hang     (b)     hoover     (c)     hover     (d)     bother    
    5. (a)     of     (b)     with     (c)     as     (d)     up    
    6. (a)     agates     (b)     egrets     (c)     regress     (d)     regrets    
    7. (a)     on     (b)     of     (c)     for     (d)     at    
    8. (a)     dural     (b)     durian     (c)     duress     (d)     durable    
    9. (a)     shores     (b)     shorts     (c)     spores     (d)     stores    
    10. (a)     at     (b)     in     (c)     as     (d)     to    
    11. (a)     reflected     (b)     affected     (c)     infected     (d)     confected    
    12. (a)     known     (b)     knowledge     (c)     knowing     (d)     know-all

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. Cordeiro is a erneyagld broadcaster
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    4. The taeevnr DJ decided it was the right time
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    6. Thank you very much for tnignu in

    Paragraph 2

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    4. the biggest names in the music rnisdyut
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    6. I am in the high-risk ochigmeadrp

    Put the text back together

    (...)  COVID-19 affected his decision to retire. He said: "Working these past many months
    (...)  durable DJ. His fame extended beyond the shores of Hong Kong. In his role as Hong Kong's most celebrated broadcaster, he got to
    (...)  man in the world". He told listeners: "To do what I want to do, to love what I want to love. I don't think I have any regrets."
    (...)  it was the right time to hang up his boots on his show All The Way With Ray on Saturday
    (...)  know some of the biggest names in the music industry, including the Beatles. He said
    (...)  Ray Cordeiro is affectionately called Uncle Ray. He is known for his trademark baritone voice and for
    1  ) A 96-year-old DJ has retired after broadcasting for more than seven decades. Ray Cordeiro hosted his
    (...)  broadcaster in Hong Kong and is a household name for several generations of Hong Kongers. The veteran DJ decided
    (...)  in the presence of COVID-19 was difficult, especially knowing that I am in the high-risk demographic."
    (...)  wearing a flat cap. His shows were full of easy-listening music and chat in English and
    (...)  final radio show in Hong Kong. It has been running on the RTHK station since 1970. Mr Cordeiro is a legendary
    (...)  Cantonese. In 2000, the Guinness Book of World Records awarded him the title of the world's most
    (...)  very much for tuning in. Goodbye. Thank you for coming." He said he was the "luckiest
    (...)  night. He ended his final programme with his customary words: "Well, that's it. Thank you

    Put the words in the right order

    1. has   on   It   the   been   since   1970   .   station
    2. several   name   a   is   for   household   generations   .   He
    3. boots   .   up   The   his   right   time   hang   to
    4. customary   programme   words   .   with   ended   his   He   his
    5. want   do   .   what   I   to   do   To
    6. for   his   baritone   He   known   is   trademark   voice   .
    7. shows   of   easy-listening   full   were   His   music   .
    8. the   of   most   title   durable   The   DJ   .   world's
    9. the   industry   .   biggest   in   music   names   The
    10. high-risk   I   in   Knowing   that   the   demographic   .   am

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A 96-year-old DJ has retired / retried after broadcasting for more than seven decades. Ray Cordeiro hosted his final radio shown / show in Hong Kong. It has been running on the RTHK station for / since 1970. Mr Cordeiro is a legendary broadcaster in Hong Kong and is a household name for severed / several generations of Hong Kongers. The veteran DJ decided it was the right time to hang on / up his boots on his show All The Way With Ray on Saturday night. He ending / ended his final programme with his customary words: "Well, that's it. Thank you very much for tuning / turning in. Goodbye. Thank you for coming." He said he was the "luckless / luckiest man in the world". He told listeners: "To do / doing what I want to do, to love what I want to love. I don't think I have any regrets / regress."

    Ray Cordeiro is affectionately called Uncle Ray. He is knowing / known for his trademark baritone voice and for worn / wearing a flat cap. His shows were full of easy-listening music and chat in English and Cantonese. In 2000, the Guinness Book of World Records awards / awarded him the title of the world's most durable DJ. His fame / frame extended beyond the shores / shorts of Hong Kong. In his roll / role as Hong Kong's most celebrated broadcaster, he got to know some of the biggest names on / in the music industry, including the Beatles. He said COVID-19 affected his decision by / to retire. He said: "Working these past / passed many months in the presence of COVID-19 was difficult, especially knowing that I am in / on the high-risk demographic."

    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)

    _  96-y__r-_ld  DJ  h_s  r_t_r_d  _ft_r  br__dc_st_ng  f_r  m_r_  th_n  s_v_n  d_c_d_s.  R_y  C_rd__r_  h_st_d  h_s  f_n_l  r_d__  sh_w  _n  H_ng  K_ng.  _t  h_s  b__n  r_nn_ng  _n  th_  RTHK  st_t__n  s_nc_  1970.  Mr  C_rd__r_  _s  _  l_g_nd_ry  br__dc_st_r  _n  H_ng  K_ng  _nd  _s  _  h__s_h_ld  n_m_  f_r  s_v_r_l  g_n_r_t__ns  _f  H_ng  K_ng_rs.  Th_  v_t_r_n  DJ  d_c_d_d  _t  w_s  th_  r_ght  t_m_  t_  h_ng  _p  h_s  b__ts  _n  h_s  sh_w  _ll  Th_  W_y  W_th  R_y  _n  S_t_rd_y  n_ght.  H_  _nd_d  h_s  f_n_l  pr_gr_mm_  w_th  h_s  c_st_m_ry  w_rds:  "W_ll,  th_t's  _t.  Th_nk  y__  v_ry  m_ch  f_r  t_n_ng  _n.  G__dby_.  Th_nk  y__  f_r  c_m_ng."  H_  s__d  h_  w_s  th_  "l_ck__st  m_n  _n  th_  w_rld".  H_  t_ld  l_st_n_rs:  "T_  d_  wh_t  _  w_nt  t_  d_,  t_  l_v_  wh_t  _  w_nt  t_  l_v_.  _  d_n't  th_nk  _  h_v_  _ny  r_gr_ts."

    R_y  C_rd__r_  _s  _ff_ct__n_t_ly  c_ll_d  _ncl_  R_y.  H_  _s  kn_wn  f_r  h_s  tr_d_m_rk  b_r_t_n_  v__c_  _nd  f_r  w__r_ng  _  fl_t  c_p.  H_s  sh_ws  w_r_  f_ll  _f  __sy-l_st_n_ng  m_s_c  _nd  ch_t  _n  _ngl_sh  _nd  C_nt_n_s_.  _n  2000,  th_  G__nn_ss  B__k  _f  W_rld  R_c_rds  _w_rd_d  h_m  th_  t_tl_  _f  th_  w_rld's  m_st  d_r_bl_  DJ.  H_s  f_m_  _xt_nd_d  b_y_nd  th_  sh_r_s  _f  H_ng  K_ng.  _n  h_s  r_l_  _s  H_ng  K_ng's  m_st  c_l_br_t_d  br__dc_st_r,  h_  g_t  t_  kn_w  s_m_  _f  th_  b_gg_st  n_m_s  _n  th_  m_s_c  _nd_stry,  _ncl_d_ng  th_  B__tl_s.  H_  s__d  C_V_D-19  _ff_ct_d  h_s  d_c_s__n  t_  r_t_r_.  H_  s__d:  "W_rk_ng  th_s_  p_st  m_ny  m_nths  _n  th_  pr_s_nc_  _f  C_V_D-19  w_s  d_ff_c_lt,  _sp_c__lly  kn_w_ng  th_t  _  _m  _n  th_  h_gh-r_sk  d_m_gr_ph_c."

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a 96yearold dj has retired after broadcasting for more than seven decades ray cordeiro hosted his final radio show in hong kong it has been running on the rthk station since 1970 mr cordeiro is a legendary broadcaster in hong kong and is a household name for several generations of hong kongers the veteran dj decided it was the right time to hang up his boots on his show all the way with ray on saturday night he ended his final programme with his customary words well thats it thank you very much for tuning in goodbye thank you for coming he said he was the luckiest man in the world he told listeners to do what i want to do to love what i want to love i dont think i have any regrets

    ray cordeiro is affectionately called uncle ray he is known for his trademark baritone voice and for wearing a flat cap his shows were full of easylistening music and chat in english and cantonese in 2000 the guinness book of world records awarded him the title of the worlds most durable dj his fame extended beyond the shores of hong kong in his role as hong kongs most celebrated broadcaster he got to know some of the biggest names in the music industry including the beatles he said covid19 affected his decision to retire he said working these past many months in the presence of covid19 was difficult especially knowing that i am in the highrisk demographic

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    A96-year-oldDJhasretiredafterbroadcastingformorethansevendec
    ades.RayCordeirohostedhisfinalradioshowinHongKong.Ithasbeenru
    nningontheRTHKstationsince1970.MrCordeiroisalegendarybroadca
    sterinHongKongandisahouseholdnameforseveralgenerationsofHon
    gKongers.TheveteranDJdecideditwastherighttimetohanguphisboot
    sonhisshowAllTheWayWithRayonSaturdaynight.Heendedhisfinalpr
    ogrammewithhiscustomarywords:"Well,that'sit.Thankyouverymuc
    hfortuningin.Goodbye.Thankyouforcoming."Hesaidhewasthe"lucki
    estmanintheworld".Hetoldlisteners:"TodowhatIwanttodo,tolovewh
    atIwanttolove.Idon'tthinkIhaveanyregrets."RayCordeiroisaffection
    atelycalledUncleRay.Heisknownforhistrademarkbaritonevoiceandfo
    rwearingaflatcap.Hisshowswerefullofeasy-listeningmusicandchati
    nEnglishandCantonese.In2000,theGuinnessBookofWorldRecordsa
    wardedhimthetitleoftheworld'smostdurableDJ.Hisfameextendedbe
    yondtheshoresofHongKong.InhisroleasHongKong'smostcelebrated
    broadcaster,hegottoknowsomeofthebiggestnamesinthemusicindus
    try,includingtheBeatles.HesaidCOVID-19affectedhisdecisiontoret
    ire.Hesaid:"WorkingthesepastmanymonthsinthepresenceofCOVID-
    19wasdifficult,especiallyknowingthatIaminthehigh-riskdemograp
    hic."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Radio is better than television. 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. RADIO SHOWS: Make a poster about radio shows. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. RADIO: Write a magazine article about all of us being encouraged to listen to the radio more often. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    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 radio shows. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions of radio shows. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.





    A Few Additional Activities for Students

    Ask your students what they have read, seen or heard about this news in their own language. Students are likely to / may have have encountered this news in their L1 and therefore bring a background knowledge to the classroom.

    Get students to role play different characters from this news story.

    Ask students to keep track of this news and revisit it to discuss in your next class.

    Ask students to male predictions of how this news might develop in the next few days or weeks, and then revisit and discuss in a future class.

    Ask students to write a follow-up story to this news.

    Students role play a journalist and someone who witnessed or was a part of this news. Perhaps they could make a video of the interview.

    Ask students to keep a news journal in English and add this story to their thoughts.

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