The Reading / Listening - Dance Music - Level 1

Gyms in South Korea's capital Seoul have a limit on the music they can play. The government put a maximum speed on songs to stop a new wave of Covid-19. The new rules will stop people breathing too quickly or splashing sweat on each other. Gyms cannot play music with a tempo higher than 120 beats per minute (bpm). The Lady Gaga song Bad Romance is under the limit at 119 bpm. K-pop fans will be happy because the BTS hit Dynamite is around 115 bpm.

South Korea's Prime Minister said the country was at "maximum crisis level". The president felt sorry for gyms affected by the rules. He asked people for "a little more patience". Gym owners are unhappy with the new rules. One said: "My biggest question is whether...songs by BTS has had any impact on spreading the virus." He said many people use their own earphones in gyms, so it is difficult to control what they listen to.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Dance Music - Level 0 Dance Music - Level 2   or  Dance Music - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-57798520
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/12/no-gangnam-style-south-korea-covid-rules-enforce-slower-music-gyms
  • http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20210712000804


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. a limit on the music
  2. put a maximum
  3. stop a new wave
  4. stop people breathing
  5. splashing sweat on
  6. a tempo higher than 120 beats
  7. under the
  8. K-pop fans will
  1. of Covid-19
  2. be happy
  3. each other
  4. they can play
  5. per minute
  6. limit
  7. speed on songs
  8. too quickly

Paragraph 2

  1. at maximum crisis
  2. The president felt
  3. affected
  4. a little more
  5. Gym owners are unhappy
  6. spreading the
  7. people use their
  8. difficult to control
  1. own earphones
  2. with the new rules
  3. sorry for gyms
  4. what they listen to
  5. patience
  6. level
  7. virus
  8. by the rules

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Gyms in South Korea's capital Seoul (1) ___________________ on the music they can play. The government (2) ___________________ speed on songs to stop a new wave of Covid-19. The new rules will (3) ___________________ too quickly or splashing sweat (4) ___________________. Gyms cannot play music with a tempo higher than 120 beats per minute (bpm). The Lady Gaga song Bad Romance is (5) ___________________ at 119 bpm. K-pop fans will (6) ___________________ the BTS hit Dynamite is around 115 bpm.

South Korea's Prime Minister said the country (7) ___________________ crisis level". The president felt sorry for gyms (8) ___________________ rules. He asked people for "a little more patience". Gym owners (9) ___________________ the new rules. One said: "My biggest (10) ___________________...songs by BTS has had any impact on (11) ___________________." He said many people use their own earphones in gyms, so it is (12) ___________________ what they listen to.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

GymsinSouthKorea'scapitalSeoulhavealimitonthemusictheycanpla
y.ThegovernmentputamaximumspeedonsongstostopanewwaveofC
ovid-19.Thenewruleswillstoppeoplebreathingtooquicklyorsplashin
gsweatoneachother.Gymscannotplaymusicwithatempohigherthan1
20beatsperminute(bpm).TheLadyGagasongBadRomanceisunderth
elimitat119bpm.K-popfanswillbehappybecausetheBTShitDynamit
eisaround115bpm.SouthKorea'sPrimeMinistersaidthecountrywasat
"maximumcrisislevel".Thepresidentfeltsorryforgymsaffectedbyther
ules.Heaskedpeoplefor"alittlemorepatience".Gymownersareunhap
pywiththenewrules.Onesaid:"Mybiggestquestioniswhether...songs
byBTShashadanyimpactonspreadingthevirus."Hesaidmanypeopleu
setheirownearphonesingyms,soitisdifficulttocontrolwhattheylistent
o.

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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Answers

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