The Reading / Listening - ABBA - Level 1

The group ABBA are back. They will release new songs and a new album for the first time in 39 years. The Swedish group formed in 1972. They are one of the most successful pop groups ever. They are famous for songs like Dancing Queen. A romantic comedy film called Mamma Mia! was released in 2008. This had many of their biggest hits. The movie later became a stage show. It is one of the longest-running shows in London and on New York's Broadway.

ABBA just launched a website called ABBA Voyage. It is about a new mystery project. However, ABBA's guitarist accidentally said a new album will come this autumn. Fans may be disappointed to learn that ABBA will not be in a new stage show. Instead, there will be digital, lifelike avatars of each group member. The avatars have the nickname "ABBAtars". There will be eight shows a week. They will be in a special, new theatre in London.

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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/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The group ABBA are
  2. They will release new
  3. The Swedish group formed
  4. the most successful pop groups
  5. A romantic
  6. This had many of
  7. The movie later became
  8. It is one of the longest-
  1. their biggest hits
  2. running shows
  3. comedy film
  4. songs
  5. ever
  6. a stage show
  7. in 1972
  8. back

Paragraph 2

  1. ABBA just launched
  2. It is about a new
  3. ABBA's
  4. Fans may be disappointed
  5. lifelike avatars of each group
  6. The avatars have the nickname
  7. There will be eight shows
  8. in a special, new
  1. "ABBAtars"
  2. guitarist
  3. a week
  4. a website
  5. theatre in London
  6. to learn that
  7. member
  8. mystery project

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The group ABBA are back. They (1) ___________________ songs and a new album for (2) ___________________ in 39 years. The Swedish group formed in 1972. They are one of the most successful (3) ___________________. They are famous for songs like Dancing Queen. A romantic comedy film called Mamma Mia! was released in 2008. This (4) ___________________ their biggest hits. The movie later (5) ___________________ show. It is one of the longest-running shows (6) ___________________ on New York's Broadway.

ABBA just launched (7) ___________________ ABBA Voyage. It is about a (8) ___________________. However, ABBA's guitarist accidentally said a new album will (9) ___________________. Fans may be disappointed to learn that ABBA will not be in a new stage show. Instead, there (10) ___________________, lifelike avatars of each group member. The avatars (11) ___________________ "ABBAtars". There will be eight shows a week. They will be in a special, (12) ___________________ London.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThegroupABBAareback.Theywillreleasenewsongsandanewalbumfo
rthefirsttimein39years.TheSwedishgroupformedin1972.Theyareon
eofthemostsuccessfulpopgroupsever.TheyarefamousforsongslikeD
ancingQueen.AromanticcomedyfilmcalledMammaMia!wasreleasedi
n2008.Thishadmanyoftheirbiggesthits.Themovielaterbecameastag
eshow.Itisoneofthelongest-runningshowsinLondonandonNewYor
k'sBroadway.ABBAjustlaunchedawebsitecalledABBAVoyage.Itisabo
utanewmysteryproject.However,ABBA'sguitaristaccidentallysaidan
ewalbumwillcomethisautumn.FansmaybedisappointedtolearnthatA
BBAwillnotbeinanewstageshow.Instead,therewillbedigital,lifelikeav
atarsofeachgroupmember.Theavatarshavethenickname"ABBAtars"
.Therewillbeeightshowsaweek.Theywillbeinaspecial,newtheatreinL
ondon.

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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