The Reading / Listening - Dance Music - Level 3

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 Kim Boo-kyum warned the nation that the country had reached "maximum crisis level". President Moon Jae-in said he felt sorry for business owners affected by the rules. He said: "I can't help but feel very sorry to once again ask the citizens for 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 been proved to have 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 that treadmills will be limited to a maximum speed of 6kph.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Dance Music - Level 0 Dance Music - Level 1   or  Dance Music - Level 2

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


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. DANCE MUSIC: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about dance music. 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?
       gym / fitness / capital / limit / maximum speed / breathing / tempo / work out /
       crisis / feel sorry for / business owners / citizens / patience / songs / earphones
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. OUTSIDE: Students A strongly believe all exercise should be outside until the pandemic is over; Students B strongly believe that isn't necessary. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. FITNESS CLUBS: What are the good and bad things about these things in fitness clubs? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good Things

Bad Things

Weights

 

 

Exercise bike

 

 

Showers

 

 

Other users

 

 

Aerobics

 

 

Swimming pool

 

 

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

  • Techno
  • Opera
  • Hip-hop
  • Folk
  • Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Reggae

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. fitness a. The water that comes out of our body when it is hot, when we exercise, or when we have a fever.
      2. capital b. A point or level beyond which something does not go over.
      3. limit c. The most important city or town of a country or region - usually where the government is.
      4. wave d. To do physical exercise.
      5. sweat e. Being physically fit and healthy.
      6. relieved f. A sudden increase of something, or an increase in an emotion.
      7. work out g. No longer feeling worried.

    Paragraph 2

      8. warned h. Influenced or touched by something.
      9. maximum i. The effect or influence of one person, thing, or action, on another.
      10. crisis j. A person who is a legal member of a country.
      11. affected k. The highest level of amount allowed.
      12. citizen l. An exercise machine that you can run or walk on.
      13. impact m. Tell someone about possible danger, problems, or other bad things that might happen.
      14. treadmill n. A time of great difficulty, trouble, or danger.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Gyms have a music speed limit in Seoul, but fitness clubs do not.     T / F
  2. Music companies set the limit of the speed of songs allowed in gyms.     T / F
  3. The limit on music speed is to stop people splashing sweat on others.    T / F
  4. All BTS songs are now too fast to be played in gyms in Seoul.     T / F
  5. S. Korea's prime minister said his country was a maximum crisis level.    T / F
  6. S. Korea's president said he felt sorry for users of gyms.     T / F
  7. A gym owner questioned whether fast music caused Covid-19 to spread. T / F
  8. There is also a 6kph limit on the speed of treadmills in gyms.     T / F

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

  1. limit
  2. maximum
  3. beginnings
  4. measures
  5. hit
  6. nation
  7. crisis
  8. affected
  9. patience
  10. limited
  1. actions
  2. chart-topper
  3. restricted
  4. start
  5. tolerance
  6. ceiling
  7. impacted
  8. emergency
  9. top
  10. country

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

  1. The government has set a maximum
  2. stop people breathing too
  3. a tempo higher than
  4. K-pop fans will
  5. The BTS hit Dynamite is
  6. the country had reached maximum crisis
  7. he felt sorry
  8. ask the citizens for a little more
  9. have any impact on spreading
  10. people use their own earphones
  1. level
  2. these days
  3. around 115 bpm
  4. speed
  5. patience
  6. 120 beats per minute
  7. the virus
  8. be relieved
  9. for business owners
  10. quickly

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
wave
beats
fitness
work
limit
just
spread
splashing

Gyms and (1) _____________________ clubs in and around South Korea's capital Seoul now have a (2) _____________________ on what kind of music they can play. The government has set a maximum speed on the tunes allowed. This is to limit the (3) _____________________ of Covid-19. There are the beginnings of a new coronavirus (4) _____________________ in South Korea. The new measures are to stop people breathing too quickly or (5) _____________________ sweat on each other. Health officials have told gyms not to play music with a tempo higher than 120 (6) _____________________ per minute (bpm). The songs Bad Romance by Lady Gaga and Le Freak by the group Chic fall (7) _____________________ under the limit at 119 bpm. K-pop fans will be relieved to know they can (8) _____________________ out to BTS. The BTS hit Dynamite is around 115 bpm.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
owners
rule
nation
patience
crisis
control
sorry
impact

South Korea's Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum warned the (9) _____________________ that the country had reached "maximum (10) _____________________ level". President Moon Jae-in said he felt sorry for business (11) _____________________ affected by the rules. He said: "I can't help but feel very (12) _____________________ to once again ask the citizens for a little more (13) _____________________." Many gym owners are unhappy with the new rules. One said: "My biggest question is whether playing classical music or songs by BTS has been proved to have any (14) _____________________ on spreading the virus." He asked: "Many people use their own earphones...these days, so how do you (15) _____________________ their playlists?" Another new (16) _____________________ is that treadmills will be limited to a maximum speed of 6kph.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) Gyms and fitness clubs in and around South Korea's ______
     a.  cap it all Seoul
     b.  cape tall Seoul
     c.  capital Seoul
     d.  cap pivotal Seoul
2)  The government has set a maximum speed on ______
     a.  the dunes allowed
     b.  the tunes allowed
     c.  the churns allowed
     d.  the choose allowed
3)  There are the beginnings of a new coronavirus ______ Korea
     a.  waving South
     b.  wavy South
     c.  way vine South
     d.  wave in South
4)  Bad Romance by Lady Gaga and Le Freak by the group Chic fall just ______
     a.  under a limit
     b.  under the limit
     c.  under thee limit
     d.  under them limit
5)  K-pop fans will be relieved to know they can ______ BTS
     a.  workout to
     b.  work out too
     c.  workout two
     d.  work out to

6)  warned the nation that the country had reached "______"
     a.  max minimum crisis level
     b.  maxi mum crisis level
     c.  maxim umm crisis level
     d.  maximum crisis level
7)  President Moon Jae-in said he felt sorry for business owners affected ______
     a.  by the rules
     b.  by the roots
     c.  by the routes
     d.  by the reels
8)  whether playing classical music or songs by BTS has been proved to ______
     a.  have many impact
     b.  have a knee impact
     c.  have any impact
     d.  have very impact
9)  Many people use their own earphones...______
     a.  those days
     b.  this days
     c.  thesis days
     d.  these days
10)  Another new rule is that treadmills will be limited to ______
     a.  a maximum speedy
     b.  a maximum speed
     c.  a maximum speedo
     d.  a maximum speeder

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Gyms and (1) ____________________ and around South Korea's capital Seoul now have (2) ____________________ what kind of music they can play. The government has set a maximum speed on (3) ____________________. 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 (4) ____________________ or splashing sweat on each other. Health officials have told gyms not to play music (5) ____________________ 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 (6) ____________________ BTS. The BTS hit Dynamite is around 115 bpm.

South Korea's Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum (7) ____________________ that the country had reached "maximum crisis level". President Moon Jae-in said he felt sorry for business owners (8) ____________________ rules. He said: "I can't help but feel very sorry to once again ask the citizens for a (9) ____________________." Many gym owners are unhappy with the new rules. One said: "My biggest question (10) ____________________ classical music or songs by BTS has been proved to have any impact on spreading the virus." He asked: "Many people use their own earphones... (11) ____________________ how do you control their playlists?" Another new rule is that treadmills will be (12) ____________________ maximum speed of 6kph.

Comprehension questions

  1. Where in South Korea are gyms not allowed to play fast music?
  2. What are the measures designed to stop people doing too quickly?
  3. What is the fastest speed at which gyms can play songs?
  4. How does the article say fans of the group BTS will feel?
  5. How fast is the BTS hit song "Dynamite"?
  6. Who did South Korea's president feel sorry for?
  7. Who is unhappy with the new rules?
  8. What did a gym owner suggest might not spread the virus?
  9. What do many people use in gyms these days?
  10. What is there a new limit of 6kph for?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Where in South Korea are gyms not allowed to play fast music?
a) villages
b) near hospitals
c) in and around Seoul
d) near airports
2) What are the measures designed to stop people doing too quickly?
a) breathing
b) talking
c) press-ups
d) sit-ups
3) What is the fastest speed at which gyms can play songs?
a) 115bpm
b) 120bpm
c) 125bpm
d) 130bpm
4) How does the article say fans of the group BTS will feel?
a) angry
b) happy
c) bored
d) relieved
5) How fast is the BTS hit song "Dynamite"?
a) 121bpm
b) 118bpm
c) 115bpm
d) 111bpm

6) Who did South Korea's president feel sorry for?
a) gym users
b) gym owners
c) BTS
d) the prime minister
7) Who is unhappy with the new rules?
a) the prime minister
b) BTS
c) the president
d) many gym owners
8) What did a gym owner suggest might not spread the virus?
a) weigh machines
b) classical music
c) swimming pools
d) chatting
9) What do many people use in gyms these days?
a) rowing machines
b) their own earphones
c) drugs
d) bathroom scales
10) What is there a new limit of 6kph for?
a) treadmills
b) talking
c) swimming
d) driving

Role play

Role  A – Techno
You think techno is the best music. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their genres of music. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): hip-hop, reggae or opera.

Role  B – Hip-hop
You think hip-hop is the best music. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their genres of music. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): techno, reggae or opera.

Role  C – Reggae
You think reggae is the best music. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their genres of music. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): hip-hop, techno or opera.

Role  D – Opera
You think opera is the best music. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their genres of music. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): hip-hop, reggae or techno.

After reading / listening

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

'dance'

  • ________________
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  • and 'music'.

  • ________________
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  • • 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:

    • fitness
    • set
    • wave
    • breathing
    • tempo
    • work
    • nation
    • sorry
    • patience
    • unhappy
    • these
    • 6

    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 - Dance Music

    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 'dance'?
    3. How much do you like dancing?
    4. What do you think of gyms and fitness clubs?
    5. What music do you like to dance to?
    6. What do you think of the new rules in the gyms?
    7. How is the coronavirus situation in your country?
    8. Do you like uptempo or slow tempo songs?
    9. What do you know about K-pop?
    10. What is your favourite kind of music?

    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 'music'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How sorry do you feel for business owners?
    5. How much patience do you have?
    6. Do you think slower songs will slow the spread of Covid-19?
    7. What kinds of earphones do you like?
    8. What do you like to do in a gym?
    9. What can you do to limit the spread of coronavirus?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a coronavirus expert?

    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)

    Gyms and fitness clubs in (1) ____ around South Korea's capital Seoul now have a limit on what kind of music they can play. The government has (2) ____ a maximum speed on the tunes allowed. This is to limit the spread of Covid-19. There are the beginnings of a new coronavirus (3) ____ in South Korea. The new measures are to stop people breathing too quickly or splashing (4) ____ on each other. Health officials have told gyms not to play music (5) ____ 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 (6) ____ to BTS. The BTS hit Dynamite is around 115 bpm.

    South Korea's Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum warned the nation that the country had reached "maximum (7) ____ level". President Moon Jae-in said he felt sorry for business owners affected (8) ____ the rules. He said: "I can't help but feel very sorry to once again ask the citizens for a little more patience." Many gym owners are unhappy with the new rules. One said: "My biggest question is (9) ____ playing classical music or songs by BTS has been (10) ____ to have any impact on spreading the virus." He asked: "Many people use their (11) ____ earphones...these days, so how do you control their playlists?" Another new rule is that treadmills will be limited (12) ____ a maximum speed of 6kph.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     of     (b)     to     (c)     and     (d)     about    
    2. (a)     set     (b)     bet     (c)     let     (d)     get    
    3. (a)     shake     (b)     wave     (c)     pass     (d)     hold    
    4. (a)     swathe     (b)     swat     (c)     sweet     (d)     sweat    
    5. (a)     include     (b)     by     (c)     with     (d)     in    
    6. (a)     on     (b)     out     (c)     up     (d)     in    
    7. (a)     crisis     (b)     cries     (c)     crass     (d)     cross    
    8. (a)     of     (b)     on     (c)     at     (d)     by    
    9. (a)     what     (b)     which     (c)     whether     (d)     whenever    
    10. (a)     sighed     (b)     signed     (c)     evidence     (d)     proved    
    11. (a)     down     (b)     own     (c)     gown     (d)     mown    
    12. (a)     to     (b)     of     (c)     as     (d)     in

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. set a iammuxm speed
    3. the tunes dlaoewl
    4. The new rasseemu
    5. Health flifcaiso
    6. K-pop fans will be leieedrv

    Paragraph 2

    1. sscrii level
    2. a little more tineaecp
    3. acisallcs music
    4. any tpicma on spreading the virus
    5. people use their own aoprheens
    6. treadmills will be lmiiedt

    Put the text back together

    (...)  with the new rules. One said: "My biggest question is whether playing classical music or songs by BTS has
    (...)  by Lady Gaga and Le Freak by the group Chic fall just under the limit at 119 bpm. K-pop fans will be
    (...)  use their own earphones...these days, so how do you control their playlists?" Another new
    (...)  rule is that treadmills will be limited to a maximum speed of 6kph.
    (...)  limit the spread of Covid-19. There are the beginnings of a new coronavirus wave in South Korea. The new
    (...)  to play music with a tempo higher than 120 beats per minute (bpm). The songs Bad Romance
    (...)  South Korea's Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum warned the nation that the country had reached "maximum crisis
    (...)  level". President Moon Jae-in said he felt sorry for business owners affected by the rules. He said: "I can't help but feel
    (...)  relieved to know they can work out to BTS. The BTS hit Dynamite is around 115 bpm.
    (...)  very sorry to once again ask the citizens for a little more patience." Many gym owners are unhappy
    1  ) 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
    (...)  been proved to have any impact on spreading the virus." He asked: "Many people
    (...)  measures are to stop people breathing too quickly or splashing sweat on each other. Health officials have told gyms not

    Put the words in the right order

    1. Seoul   .   in   and   South   Korea's   Clubs   around   capital
    2. the   music   .   of   kind   limit   on   a   Have
    3. are   the   beginnings   wave   .   There   new   of   a
    4. are   Measures   to   people   quickly   .   stop   breathing   too
    5. per   than   120   A   beats   higher   minute   .   tempo
    6. level   .   crisis   maximum   The   had   country   reached
    7. he   business   felt   sorry   said   owners   .   He   for
    8. little   Ask   more   a   patience   .   the   for   citizens
    9. these   their   Many   use   days   .   people   earphones   own
    10. be   speed   .   maximum   limited   Treadmills   will   to   a

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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

    South Korea's Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum warmed / warned the nation that the country had reached / reaches "maximum crisis level". President Moon Jae-in said he felt sorry / apologise for business owners affected by the rules. He said: "I can't help but / so feel very sorry to once again ask the citizens for a little more patients / patience." Many gym owners are unhappy with the new rules. One say / said: "My biggest question is whether playing classical music / musically or songs by BTS has been proved to have any impact on / as spreading the virus." He asked: "Many people use their own earphones...these / them days, so how do you control their playlists?" Another new rule is that treadmills will be limited on / to a maximum speed of 6kph.

    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)

    Gyms  _nd  f_tn_ss  cl_bs  _n  _nd  _r__nd  S__th  K_r__'s  c_p_t_l  S___l  n_w  h_v_  _  l_m_t  _n  wh_t  k_nd  _f  m_s_c  th_y  c_n  pl_y.  Th_  g_v_rnm_nt  h_s  s_t  _  m_x_m_m  sp__d  _n  th_  t_n_s  _ll_w_d.  Th_s  _s  t_  l_m_t  th_  spr__d  _f  C_v_d-19.  Th_r_  _r_  th_  b_g_nn_ngs  _f  _  n_w  c_r_n_v_r_s  w_v_  _n  S__th  K_r__.  Th_  n_w  m__s_r_s  _r_  t_  st_p  p__pl_  br__th_ng  t__  q__ckly  _r  spl_sh_ng  sw__t  _n  __ch  _th_r.  H__lth  _ff_c__ls  h_v_  t_ld  gyms  n_t  t_  pl_y  m_s_c  w_th  _  t_mp_  h_gh_r  th_n  120  b__ts  p_r  m_n_t_(bpm).  Th_  s_ngs  B_d  R_m_nc_  by  L_dy  G_g_  _nd  L_  Fr__k  by  th_  gr__p  Ch_c  f_ll  j_st  _nd_r  th_  l_m_t  _t  119  bpm.  K-p_p  f_ns  w_ll  b_  r_l__v_d  t_  kn_w  th_y  c_n  w_rk  __t  t_  BTS.  Th_  BTS  h_t  Dyn_m_t_  _s  _r__nd  115  bpm.

    S__th  K_r__'s  Pr_m_  M_n_st_r  K_m  B__-ky_m  w_rn_d  th_  n_t__n  th_t  th_  c__ntry  h_d  r__ch_d  "m_x_m_m  cr_s_s  l_v_l".  Pr_s_d_nt  M__n  J__-_n  s__d  h_  f_lt  s_rry  f_r  b_s_n_ss  _wn_rs  _ff_ct_d  by  th_  r_l_s.  H_  s__d:  "_  c_n't  h_lp  b_t  f__l  v_ry  s_rry  t_  _nc_  _g__n  _sk  th_  c_t_z_ns  f_r  _  l_ttl_  m_r_  p_t__nc_."  M_ny  gym  _wn_rs  _r_  _nh_ppy  w_th  th_  n_w  r_l_s.  _n_  s__d:  "My  b_gg_st  q__st__n  _s  wh_th_r  pl_y_ng  cl_ss_c_l  m_s_c  _r  s_ngs  by  BTS  h_s  b__n  pr_v_d  t_  h_v_  _ny  _mp_ct  _n  spr__d_ng  th_  v_r_s."  H_  _sk_d:  "M_ny  p__pl_  _s_  th__r  _wn  __rph_n_s...th_s_  d_ys,  s_  h_w  d_  y__  c_ntr_l  th__r  pl_yl_sts?"  _n_th_r  n_w  r_l_  _s  th_t  tr__dm_lls  w_ll  b_  l_m_t_d  t_  _  m_x_m_m  sp__d  _f  6kph.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    gyms and fitness clubs in and around south koreas 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 covid19 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 the songs bad romance by lady gaga and le freak by the group chic fall just under the limit at 119 bpm kpop fans will be relieved to know they can work out to bts the bts hit dynamite is around 115 bpm

    south koreas prime minister kim bookyum warned the nation that the country had reached maximum crisis level president moon jaein said he felt sorry for business owners affected by the rules he said i cant help but feel very sorry to once again ask the citizens for 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 been proved to have any impact on spreading the virus he asked many people use their own earphonesthese days so how do you control their playlists another new rule is that treadmills will be limited to a maximum speed of 6kph

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    GymsandfitnessclubsinandaroundSouthKorea'scapitalSeoulnowha
    vealimitonwhatkindofmusictheycanplay.Thegovernmenthassetam
    aximumspeedonthetunesallowed.ThisistolimitthespreadofCovid-
    19.TherearethebeginningsofanewcoronaviruswaveinSouthKorea.T
    henewmeasuresaretostoppeoplebreathingtooquicklyorsplashingsw
    eatoneachother.Healthofficialshavetoldgymsnottoplaymusicwithat
    empohigherthan120beatsperminute(bpm).ThesongsBadRomance
    byLadyGagaandLeFreakbythegroupChicfalljustunderthelimitat119
    bpm.K-popfanswillberelievedtoknowtheycanworkouttoBTS.TheB
    TShitDynamiteisaround115bpm.SouthKorea'sPrimeMinisterKimBo
    o-kyumwarnedthenationthatthecountryhadreached"maximumcris
    islevel".PresidentMoonJae-insaidhefeltsorryforbusinessownersaffe
    ctedbytherules.Hesaid:"Ican'thelpbutfeelverysorrytoonceagainask
    thecitizensforalittlemorepatience."Manygymownersareunhappywit
    hthenewrules.Onesaid:"Mybiggestquestioniswhetherplayingclassic
    almusicorsongsbyBTShasbeenprovedtohaveanyimpactonspreading
    thevirus."Heasked:"Manypeopleusetheirownearphones...theseday
    s,sohowdoyoucontroltheirplaylists?"Anothernewruleisthattreadmill
    swillbelimitedtoamaximumspeedof6kph.

    Free writing

    Write about dance music for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    All exercise should be outside until the pandemic is over. 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. DANCE MUSIC: Make a poster about dance music. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. OUTSIDE EXERCISE: Write a magazine article about all exercise being outside until the end of the pandemic. 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 dance music. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.





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    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.

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