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THE LESSON ON NANCY AJRAM

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Nancy Ajram is a Lebanese pop singer. She ranks as the third best-selling female singer in Lebanese history, and has sold over forty million records. She was born in 1983 and started singing at the age of eight. She appeared in a singing contest for kids on Lebanese TV. Four years later she won the gold medal in a popular talent show.

Ajram decided singing was for her, so she studied music throughout her teenage years. She worked with and learnt from many famous Lebanese musicians and artists. She turned professional when she was just 15 and released her first album in 1998. She sang in the traditional Tarab style. She recorded a second album in 2000 and became a star.

In 2003, Ajram  made her third album, Ya Salam ("How Fantastic"). A video from the album showing Ajram flirting with men started a lot of controversy in the Arab world but made her more famous. In 2005, she became Coca-Cola’s star and spokesperson for the Middle East and North Africa. Ajram's sixth album was aimed at teaching children good values and morals.

Ajram is a rising star in the Arab world. She has turned down offers to appear in movies directed by top Arab directors. She said she is too busy singing, although her fans are waiting for her movie debut. She has won Best Female Arab Singer of the Year twice. She also made the ‘Newsweek’ magazine’s list of Most Influential Arab Personalities in 2005.

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SYNONYM MATCH

Match the words from the article on the left with their synonyms on the right. Are your answers the same as other students’?

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1.

appeared

a.

singers

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contest

b.

all through

3.

popular

c.

competition

4.

throughout

d.

performed

5.

artists

e.

method

6.

style

f.

well-liked


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7.

fantastic

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war of words

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controversy

h.

important

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morals

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up-and-coming

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rising

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wonderful

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turned down

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principles

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influential

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rejected

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

She appeared in a singing

a.

offers to appear in movies

2

she won the gold

b.

for her

3.

Ajram decided singing was

c.

movie debut

4.

learnt from many famous

d.

contest for kids

5.

She turned

e.

for the Middle East

6.

controversy in the

f.

values and morals

7.

spokesperson

g.

medal

8.

aimed at teaching children good

h.

professional

9.

She has turned down

i.

Arab world

10.

her fans are waiting for her

j.

Lebanese musicians

LISTENING GAP FILL

Nancy Ajram is a Lebanese pop singer. She ________________ best-selling female singer in Lebanese history, and ________________ forty million records. She was born in 1983 and started singing at the age of eight. She ________________ singing contest for kids on Lebanese TV. Four years later she won ________________ a popular talent show.

Ajram decided ________________, so she studied music throughout her teenage years. She worked ________________ from many famous Lebanese musicians and artists. She ________________ when she was just 15 and released her first album in 1998. She ________________ traditional Tarab style. She recorded a second album in 2000 and became a star.

In 2003, Ajram  ________________ album, Ya Salam ("How Fantastic"). A video from the album showing Ajram ________________ started a lot of controversy in the Arab world but made ________________. In 2005, she became Coca-Cola’s star and spokesperson for the Middle East and North Africa. Ajram's sixth album was aimed at teaching children ________________ morals.

Ajram ________________ in the Arab world. She has turned down offers to appear in movies directed by top Arab directors. She said ________________ singing, although her fans ________________ movie debut. She has won Best Female Arab Singer of the Year twice. She also made the ‘Newsweek’ magazine’s list of ________________ Personalities in 2005.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics:

Nancy Ajram is a Lebanese pop singer. She ranks as / by the third best-selling female singer in Lebanese history, and has sold over forty million records. She was born in 1983 and started singing at the aged / age of eight. She appeared in a singing contested / contest for kids on Lebanese TV. Four years later she won the gold medal in a popular talent / talented show.

Ajram decided singing was for she / her, so she studied music throughout her teenage / teenagers years. She worked with and learnt from many famous Lebanese musicians and artists. She turned / turning professional when she was just 15 and released her first album in 1998. She sang in the tradition / traditional Tarab style. She recorded a second album in 2000 and became a star.

In 2003, Ajram  made her third album, Ya Salam ("How Fantastic"). A video from the album showed / showing Ajram flirting with men started a lot of controversy / controversial in the Arab world but made her more famous. In 2005, she became Coca-Cola’s star and spokesperson / spokesman for the Middle East and North Africa. Ajram's sixth album was aimed / armed at teaching children good values and morals.

Ajram is a raising / rising star in the Arab world. She has turned up / down offers to appear in movies directed by top Arab directors. She said she is too busy songs / singing, although her fans are waiting for her movie debut. She has won Best Female Arab Singer of the Year twice. She also made the ‘Newsweek’ magazine’s list / lost of Most Influential Arab Personalities in 2005.

SPELLING

The underlined, jumbled words are from the text. Spell them correctly.

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the third best-sigllen female singer in Lebanese history

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she studied music throughout her ateenge years

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She drcedreo a second album in 2000


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“How Factitasn

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grlitfin with men

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teaching children good suvael and morals


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Ajram is a risign star in the Arab world

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directed by top Arab oeirdtscr

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her movie duetb

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Most fnalnlteiIu Arab Personalities

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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contest for kids on Lebanese TV. Four years later she won the gold medal in a popular talent show.

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Ajram is a rising star in the Arab world. She has turned down offers to appear in movies

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with and learnt from many famous Lebanese musicians and artists. She turned professional when she was just

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album showing Ajram flirting with men started a lot of controversy in the Arab world but made her more

(    )

 

style. She recorded a second album in 2000 and became a star.

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Ajram decided singing was for her, so she studied music throughout her teenage years. She worked

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over forty million records. She was born in 1983 and started singing at the age of eight. She appeared in a singing

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debut. She has won Best Female Arab Singer of the Year twice. She also made

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15 and released her first album in 1998. She sang in the traditional Tarab

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famous. In 2005, she became Coca-Cola’s star and spokesperson for the Middle East and

(    )

 

In 2003, Ajram  made her third album, Ya Salam ("How Fantastic"). A video from the

(    )

 

directed by top Arab directors. She said she is too busy singing, although her fans are waiting for her movie

(    )

 

the ‘Newsweek’ magazine’s list of Most Influential Arab Personalities in 2005.

1  )

 

Nancy Ajram is a Lebanese pop singer. She ranks as the third best-selling female singer in Lebanese history, and has sold

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North Africa. Ajram's sixth album was aimed at teaching children good values and morals.

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With your partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

the   singer   history   best-selling   female   Lebanese   third   in

2.

a   in   appeared   She   kids   for   contest   singing

3.

the   in   talent   won   medal   popular   she   gold   a   show

4.

she   music   her   years   studied   throughout   teenage

5.

She   15   just   was   she   when   professional   turned

6.

2005   she   became   Coca   -   Cola’s   star   and   spokesperson   In

7.

teaching   values   at   good   aimed   children

8.

turned   in   down   movies   offers   She   to   has   appear

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for   waiting   are   fans   her   debut   movie   her

10.

Arab   Singer   of   the   Year   twice   She   has   won   Best   Female

NANCY AJRAM DISCUSSION (Write your questions)

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

1.

What do you know about Nancy Ajram?

2.

Would you like to meet Nancy Ajram?

3.

What would you like to know about Nancy Ajram and why?

4.

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

1.

What did you learn from this text about Nancy Ajram?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Nancy Ajram?

3.

What would her answers be to those questions?

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THE NANCY AJRAM SURVEY

Write five questions about Nancy Ajram in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

WRITING

Write about Nancy Ajram for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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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 more information about Nancy Ajram. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. NANCY AJRAM POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Nancy Ajram. Show your poster to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all find out similar things?

4. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Nancy Ajram. Include an imaginary interview with her. Write about what she does every day and what she thinks about.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to Nancy Ajram. Ask her three questions about her life. Give her three suggestions on what she should do in her future. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Nancy Ajram expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

appeared

a.

performed

2

contest

b.

competition

3.

popular

c.

well-liked

4.

throughout

d.

all through

5.

artists

e.

singers

6.

style

f.

method


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

fantastic

g.

wonderful

8.

controversy

h.

war of words

9.

morals

i.

principles

10.

rising

j.

up-and-coming

11

turned down

k

rejected

12

influential

l

important

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

She appeared in a singing

a.

contest for kids

2

she won the gold

b.

medal

3.

Ajram decided singing was

c.

for her

4.

learnt from many famous

d.

Lebanese musicians

5.

She turned

e.

professional

6.

controversy in the

f.

Arab world

7.

spokesperson

g.

for the Middle East

8.

aimed at teaching children good

h.

values and morals

9.

She has turned down

i.

offers to appear in movies

10.

her fans are waiting for her

j.

movie debut

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