The Reading / Listening - ABBA - Level 0

The pop group ABBA are back, with new songs for the first time in 39 years. The Swedish group formed in 1972. They are one of the most successful groups ever. They are famous for songs like Dancing Queen. A movie called Mamma Mia! was released in 2008. This had many of their hits. The movie later became a stage show.

ABBA launched a new website about a mystery project. However, ABBA's guitarist accidentally said the group have a new album. There is also a new stage show. ABBA's members will not be in it. The show will have digital, lifelike avatars of each group member. The avatars have the nickname "ABBAtars".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    ABBA - Level 1 ABBA - Level 2   or  ABBA - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.msn.com/en-gb/entertainment/music/abba-to-release-first-new-music-in-39-years-and-announces-hologram-show-in-london/ar-AANMD7Q
  • https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/3548013/inside-abba-voyage-show-comeback/
  • https://variety.com/2021/music/news/abba-new-music-1235049678/


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 :-)





Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The pop group ABBA are
  2. for the first time
  3. The Swedish group
  4. one of the most successful
  5. famous for songs like
  6. A movie
  7. This had many
  8. The movie later became
  1. called Mamma Mia!
  2. formed in 1972
  3. a stage show
  4. in 39 years
  5. of their hits
  6. groups ever
  7. Dancing Queen
  8. back

Paragraph 2

  1. ABBA launched a new
  2. a mystery
  3. ABBA's
  4. the group have
  5. There is also a new stage
  6. ABBA's members will not be
  7. lifelike avatars of each
  8. The avatars have the nickname
  1. project
  2. in it
  3. "ABBAtars"
  4. show
  5. group member
  6. website
  7. guitarist
  8. a new album

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The pop group ABBA are (1) ___________________ songs for the first time in 39 years. The Swedish (2) ___________________ 1972. They are (3) ___________________ most successful groups ever. They (4) ___________________ songs like Dancing Queen. A movie called Mamma Mia! (5) ___________________ 2008. This had many of their hits. The (6) ___________________ a stage show.

ABBA (7) ___________________ website about a mystery project. However, ABBA's (8) ___________________ the group have a new album. There is also a (9) ___________________. ABBA's members will not (10) ___________________. The show will have digital, (11) ___________________ each group member. The avatars (12) ___________________ "ABBAtars".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThepopgroupABBAareback,withnewsongsforthefirsttimein39years.
TheSwedishgroupformedin1972.Theyareoneofthemostsuccessfulgr
oupsever.TheyarefamousforsongslikeDancingQueen.Amoviecalled
MammaMia!wasreleasedin2008.Thishadmanyoftheirhits.Themoviel
aterbecameastageshow.ABBAlaunchedanewwebsiteaboutamyster
yproject.However,ABBA'sguitaristaccidentallysaidthegrouphavean
ewalbum.Thereisalsoanewstageshow.ABBA'smemberswillnotbeinit
.Theshowwillhavedigital,lifelikeavatarsofeachgroupmember.Theav
atarshavethenickname"ABBAtars".

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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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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