The Reading / Listening - Dance Music - Level 2

Gyms and fitness clubs in and around South Korea's capital Seoul now have a limit on what kind of music they can play. The government has set a maximum speed on the tunes allowed. This is to limit the spread of Covid-19. There are the beginnings of a new coronavirus wave in South Korea. The new measures are to stop people breathing too quickly or splashing sweat on each other. Health officials have told gyms not to play music with a tempo higher than 120 beats per minute (bpm). The songs Bad Romance by Lady Gaga and Le Freak by the group Chic fall just under the limit at 119 bpm. K-pop fans will be relieved to know they can work out to BTS. The BTS hit Dynamite is around 115 bpm.

South Korea's Prime Minister warned that the country had reached "maximum crisis level". President Moon Jae-in said he felt sorry for businesses affected by the rules. He asked people to have "a little more patience". Many gym owners are unhappy with the new rules. One said: "My biggest question is whether playing classical music or songs by BTS has had any impact on spreading the virus." He asked: "Many people use their own earphones these days, so how do you control their playlists?" Another new rule is for treadmills. They will have a maximum speed of 6kph.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Dance Music - Level 0 Dance Music - Level 1   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 what music
  2. limit the spread
  3. a new coronavirus
  4. stop people breathing too
  5. splashing sweat
  6. just under
  7. K-pop fans will
  8. they can work
  1. the limit
  2. quickly
  3. out to BTS
  4. of Covid-19
  5. be happy
  6. they can play
  7. on each other
  8. wave

Paragraph 2

  1. reached maximum crisis
  2. he felt sorry for businesses affected
  3. have a little more
  4. gym owners are unhappy
  5. spreading
  6. people use their own earphones
  7. Another new rule
  8. They will have a maximum
  1. the virus
  2. is for treadmills
  3. with the new rules
  4. speed of 6kph
  5. level
  6. patience
  7. these days
  8. by the rules

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Gyms (1) ___________________ South Korea's capital Seoul have a limit on what music they can play. The government (2) ___________________ speed on songs to limit the spread of Covid-19. There could be a new coronavirus wave in South Korea. The new rules are (3) ___________________ breathing too quickly or splashing sweat on each other. Gyms cannot play music with a (4) ___________________ 120 beats per minute (bpm). The song Bad Romance by Lady Gaga is just (5) ___________________ at 119 bpm. K-pop fans will be happy to know they (6) ___________________ to BTS. The BTS hit Dynamite is around 115 bpm.

South Korea's Prime Minister warned that the country had reached "(7) ___________________". President Moon Jae-in said he felt sorry for businesses (8) ___________________ rules. He asked people to have "a (9) ___________________ ". Many gym owners are unhappy with the new rules. One said: "My biggest question is whether playing classical music or songs by BTS has (10) ___________________ on spreading the virus." He asked: "Many people use their own earphones these days, so (11) ___________________ control their playlists?" Another new rule is for treadmills. They will have a (12) ___________________ 6kph.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

GymsinandaroundSouthKorea'scapitalSeoulhavealimitonwhatmusi
ctheycanplay.Thegovernmentsetamaximumspeedonsongstolimitth
espreadofCovid-19.TherecouldbeanewcoronaviruswaveinSouthKo
rea.Thenewrulesaretostoppeoplebreathingtooquicklyorsplashingsw
eatoneachother.Gymscannotplaymusicwithatempohigherthan120b
eatsperminute(bpm).ThesongBadRomancebyLadyGagaisjustunder
thelimitat119bpm.K-popfanswillbehappytoknowtheycanworkout
toBTS.TheBTShitDynamiteisaround115bpm.SouthKorea'sPrimeMin
isterwarnedthatthecountryhadreached"maximumcrisislevel".Presid
entMoonJae-insaidhefeltsorryforbusinessesaffectedbytherules.Hea
skedpeopletohave"alittlemorepatience".Manygymownersareunhap
pywiththenewrules.Onesaid:"Mybiggestquestioniswhetherplayingc
lassicalmusicorsongsbyBTShashadanyimpactonspreadingthevirus.
"Heasked:"Manypeopleusetheirownearphonesthesedays,sohowdo
youcontroltheirplaylists?"Anothernewruleisfortreadmills.Theywillh
aveamaximumspeedof6kph.

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

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