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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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Tata Young was born as Amita Marie Young in Thailand in 1980. She is a Thai superstar and is popular all over Asia. She became an international success after she released her first English-language album, ‘I Believe’ in 2004. This followed four albums sung in her native Thai. She has won a string of awards and regularly tops the “best this”, “sexiest that” lists.

Tata has an American father and Thai mother. Success for her began at the age of 11, when she beat over 5,000 children in a Thai TV talent contest. She won a contract with Yamaha Music, which set about preparing her for stardom. In 1994, aged 14, she caught the eye of Thailand's biggest record label, which offered her a recording contract.

Tata’s debut album sold more than 1 million copies and she became Thailand’s biggest pop sensation. Still just 15, she won Thailand’s Entertainer of the Year award, as well as Best Recording Artist for 1995. A year later she gave a concert in Hollywood. She was signed by the music agency that also manages acts such as Bon Jovi.

Tata has also developed a modeling and acting career. Her 1997 acting debut helped the movie 'The Red Bike Story’ break all Thai box office records. She represented Thailand at the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997. Her single "Zoom" was used in the top-selling PC game The Sims 2. Tata released her second English album in 2008.

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Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted biographies.


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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’?

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

popular

a.

heads

2

followed

b.

started

3.

tops

c.

came after

4.

beat

d.

well-liked

5.

set about

e.

grabbed the attention of

6.

caught the eye of

f.

defeated


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

sensation

g.

established

8.

artist

h.

song

9.

acts

i.

sales

10.

developed

j.

singer

11

box office

k

phenomenon

12

single

l

artists

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

Tata Young was born

a.

English album in 2008

2

She has won a

b.

about preparing her for stardom

3.

she beat

c.

string of awards

4.

set

d.

sensation

5.

she caught the eye

e.

manages acts such as Bon Jovi

6.

Thailand’s biggest pop

f.

office records

7.

the music agency that also

g.

as Amita Marie Young

8.

break all Thai box

h.

over 5,000 children

9.

the handover of

i.

of Thailand's biggest record label

10.

Tata released her second

j.

Hong Kong to China


LISTENING GAP FILL

Tata Young ______________ Amita Marie Young in Thailand in 1980. She is a Thai superstar and is popular ______________. She became an international success after she released her first English-language album, ‘I Believe’ in 2004. This followed four albums ______________ Thai. She has won a string of awards and ______________ “best this”, “sexiest that” lists.

Tata has an American father and Thai mother. Success ______________ the age of 11, when ______________ 5,000 children in a Thai TV talent contest. She won a contract with Yamaha Music, ________________ preparing her for stardom. In 1994, aged 14, she _________________ Thailand's biggest record label, which offered her a recording contract.

Tata’s debut album sold more than 1 million copies and she became Thailand’s biggest ______________. Still just 15, she won Thailand’s Entertainer of the Year ______________ Best Recording Artist for 1995. A year later she ______________ in Hollywood. She was signed by the music agency that also ________________ as Bon Jovi.

Tata has also developed a modeling ______________. Her 1997 acting debut helped the movie 'The Red Bike Story’ break all Thai ______________. She represented Thailand ______________ of Hong Kong to China in 1997. Her single "Zoom" _______________ top-selling PC game The Sims 2. Tata released her second English album in 2008.


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Tata Young was born as Amita Marie Young in Thailand in 1980. She is a Thai / Thailand superstar and is popular all over Asia. She became an international successful / success after she released her first English-language album, ‘I Believe’ in 2004. This followed four albums sang / sung in her native Thai. She has won a string of awards and regularly tops / taps the “best this”, “sexiest that” lists.

Tata has an American father and Thai mother. Success from / for her began at the age of 11, when she won / beat over 5,000 children in a Thai TV talent contest. She won a contract with Yamaha Music, which set / sat about preparing her for stardom. In 1994, aged 14, she caught the eye / ear of Thailand's biggest record label, which offered her a recording contract.

Tata’s debut album sold more than 1 million copies and she became Thailand’s biggest pop sensation / sensational. Still just 15, she won Thailand’s Entertainer of the Year award, as well / good as Best Recording Artist for 1995. A year later she gave a concert in Hollywood. She has / was signed by the music agency that also manages arts / acts such as Bon Jovi.

Tata has / was also developed a modeling and acting career. Her 1997 acting debut helped the movie 'The Red Bike Story’ break all Thai bag / box office records. She represented Thailand at the handover / handling of Hong Kong to China in 1997. Her double / single "Zoom" was used in the top-selling PC game The Sims 2. Tata released her second English album in 2008.


SPELLING

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

Paragraph 1
 

1.

aupprol all over Asia

2.

She became an international suecscs

3.

sung in her neivta Thai

4.

She has won a tgrins of awards


Paragraph 2
 

5.

a Thai TV talent enttcos

6.

preparing her for rasdotm

7.

she tcahgu the eye of Thailand's biggest record label

8.

a recording tncoartc


Paragraph 3
 

9.

Tata’s etdub album

10.

Thailand’s biggest pop asotennsi

11.

she gave a eccrtno in Hollywood

12.

sagenam acts such as Bon Jovi


Paragraph 4
 

13.

Tata has also developed a modeling and acting arerec

14.

break all Thai box office dcroser

15.

the avdnorhe of Hong Kong to China

16.

Her glnesi "Zoom"


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

 

album, ‘I Believe’ in 2004. This followed four albums sung in her native Thai. She has won a

(    )

 

by the music agency that also manages acts such as Bon Jovi.

(    )

 

biggest pop sensation. Still just 15, she won Thailand’s Entertainer of the Year award, as well as Best Recording

(    )

 

with Yamaha Music, which set about preparing her for stardom. In 1994, aged 14, she caught the

(    )

 

Artist for 1995. A year later she gave a concert in Hollywood. She was signed

(    )

 

Tata has an American father and Thai mother. Success for her began at the age

(    )

 

eye of Thailand's biggest record label, which offered her a recording contract.

(    )

 

Tata’s debut album sold more than 1 million copies and she became Thailand’s

(    )

 

single "Zoom" was used in the top-selling PC game The Sims 2. Tata released her second English album in 2008.

(    )

 

all over Asia. She became an international success after she released her first English-language

(    )

 

Tata has also developed a modeling and acting career. Her 1997 acting debut helped the movie 'The Red Bike Story’

(    )

 

of 11, when she beat over 5,000 children in a Thai TV talent contest. She won a contract

1  )

 

Tata Young was born as Amita Marie Young in Thailand in 1980. She is a Thai superstar and is popular

(    )

 

string of awards and regularly tops the “best this”, “sexiest that” lists.

(    )

 

break all Thai box office records. She represented Thailand at the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997. Her


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

in   followed   her   four   native   albums   Thai   sung   This

2.

a   of   She   won   string   awards   has

3.

and   father   American   an   has   Tata   mother   Thai

4.

Success   the   for   age   her   of   began   11   at

5.

eye   label   of   she   Thailand's   caught   biggest   the   record

6.

million   sold   copies   more   Tata’s   than   debut   1   album

7.

later   in   she   Hollywood   gave   A   a   year   concert

8.

modeling   has   and   also   acting   developed   career   a   Tata

9.

records   office   box   Thai   all   break

10.

Kong   the   to   handover   China   of   in   Hong   1997


TATA YOUNG DISCUSSION (Write your questions)

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

1.

What do you know about Tata Young?

2.

Would you like to meet Tata Young?

3.

What would you like to know about Tata Young and why?

4.

___________________________________________________

5.

___________________________________________________

6.

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7.

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8.

___________________________________________________

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

1.

What did you learn from this text about Tata Young?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Tata Young?

3.

What would her answers be to those questions?

4.

___________________________________________________

5.

___________________________________________________

6.

___________________________________________________

7.

___________________________________________________

8.

___________________________________________________


THE TATA YOUNG SURVEY

Write five questions about Tata Young 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

_____________

STUDENT 2

_____________

STUDENT 3

_____________

Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

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 Tata Young 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 Tata Young. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. TATA YOUNG POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Tata Young. 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 Tata Young. 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 Tata Young. 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 “Tata Young expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.


ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

popular

a.

well-liked

2

followed

b.

came after

3.

tops

c.

heads

4.

beat

d.

defeated

5.

set about

e.

started

6.

caught the eye of

f.

grabbed the attention of


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

sensation

g.

phenomenon

8.

artist

h.

singer

9.

acts

i.

artists

10.

developed

j.

established

11

box office

k

sales

12

single

l

song

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

Tata Young was born

a.

as Amita Marie Young

2

She has won a

b.

string of awards

3.

she beat

c.

over 5,000 children

4.

set

d.

about preparing her for stardom

5.

she caught the eye

e.

of Thailand's biggest record label

6.

Thailand’s biggest pop

f.

sensation

7.

the music agency that also

g.

manages acts such as Bon Jovi

8.

break all Thai box

h.

office records

9.

the handover of

i.

Hong Kong to China

10.

Tata released her second

j.

English album in 2008

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