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THE LESSON ON YUSUF ISLAM

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Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, is a British musician, singer-songwriter and philanthropist. He has sold over 60 million albums worldwide in a career spanning five decades. He converted to Islam at the height of his fame in 1977. The following year, he started a three-decade break from music to devote himself to helping the British Muslim community.

Yusuf Islam was born in 1948 as Steven Georgiou. His father was a Greek-Cypriot and his mother was Swedish. He lived and grew up very near London’s Piccadilly Circus. Steven started playing piano when he was 12, which led to songwriting and playing guitar. He began to perform his songs in London pubs under the stage name Cat Stevens.

At the age of 18, Stevens got a record deal. His debut album ‘Matthew and Son’ was a huge success. He became a pop sensation until he developed tuberculosis in 1968. He spent several months in hospital, where he took up meditation and read about religion. He wrote many songs that would make him world famous in the 1970s.

In 1976 Stevens nearly drowned, an event that made him question his life. His brother gave him a copy of the Koran and he converted to Islam. Yusuf Islam then abandoned his rock star career. In 1981, he established the first of many Islamia Schools in Britain. He devoted himself to Islamic charitable causes and has received many peace awards. Yusuf returned to releasing records in 2006.

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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.

formerly

a.

dedicate

2

philanthropist

b.

sing

3.

devote

c.

do-gooder

4.

very

d.

previously

5.

led to

e.

extremely

6.

perform

f.

resulted in


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7.

deal

g.

changed

8.

huge

h.

started

9.

took up

i.

agreement

10.

event

j.

set up

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converted

k

incident

12

established

l

enormous

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

formerly known

a.

question his life

2

a career spanning

b.

name Cat Stevens

3.

at the height

c.

deal

4.

grew up very

d.

as Cat Stevens

5.

under the stage

e.

Islamia Schools

6.

Stevens got a record

f.

near London’s Piccadilly

7.

a huge

g.

causes

8.

an event which made him

h.

five decades

9.

he established the first of many

i.

success

10.

charitable

j.

of his fame

LISTENING GAP FILL

Yusuf Islam, __________________ Cat Stevens, is a British musician, singer-songwriter and philanthropist. He _______________ 60 million albums worldwide in a career __________________. He converted to Islam at the height of his fame in 1977. The following year, he started a three-decade break from __________________ himself to helping the British Muslim community.

Yusuf Islam was born in 1948 as Steven Georgiou. His father was a Greek-Cypriot and his mother was Swedish. He __________________ very near London’s Piccadilly Circus. Steven started playing piano when he was 12, ___________ songwriting and playing guitar. He _______________ his songs in London pubs __________________ name Cat Stevens.

At the age of 18, Stevens _______________ deal. His debut album ‘Matthew and Son’ was _______________. He became a pop sensation until he developed tuberculosis in 1968. _______________ months in hospital, where he took up meditation and read about religion. He wrote many songs that _______________ world famous in the 1970s.

In 1976 Stevens ______________, an event that made him question his life. His brother gave _______________ the Koran and he converted to Islam. Yusuf Islam _______________ his rock star career. In 1981, he established the first of many Islamia Schools in Britain. He devoted himself to Islamic ______________ and has received many peace awards. Yusuf returned to releasing records in 2006.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Yusuf Islam, formerly known / knowing as Cat Stevens, is a British musician, singer-songwriter and philanthropist. He has sold / selling over 60 million albums worldwide in a career spanned / spanning five decades. He converted to Islam at the height of his fame in 1977. The following year, he started a three-decade break from music to devote / devotion himself to helping the British Muslim community.

Yusuf Islam was born in 1948 was / as Steven Georgiou. His father was a Greek-Cypriot and his mother was Sweden / Swedish. He lived and grew up very nearly / near London’s Piccadilly Circus. Steven started playing piano when he was 12, which led to songwriting and playing guitar. He began to perform his songs in London pubs below / under the stage name Cat Stevens.

At the age of 18, Stevens got a record deal / dealer. His debut album ‘Matthew and Son’ was a huge success / successful. He became a pop sensation until he developed tuberculosis in 1968. He spent several months in hospital, where he took up / over meditation and read about religion. He wrote many songs that would / will make him world famous in the 1970s.

In 1976 Stevens nearly drowned, an event / eventful that made him question his life. His brother gave him a copy / copied of the Koran and he converted to Islam. Yusuf Islam then abandoned his rock star career. In 1981, he established the first of much / many Islamia Schools in Britain. He devoted himself to Islamic charitable causes and has received many piece / peace awards. Yusuf returned to releasing records in 2006.

SPELLING

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

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

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songwriting and playing guitar. He began to perform his songs in London pubs under the stage name Cat Stevens.

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Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, is a British musician, singer-songwriter and philanthropist. He has sold

(    )

 

of his fame in 1977. The following year, he started a three-decade break from music to devote

(    )

 

and grew up very near London’s Piccadilly Circus. Steven started playing piano when he was 12, which led to

(    )

 

a pop sensation until he developed tuberculosis in 1968. He spent several months in hospital, where he took up

(    )

 

an event which made him question his life. His brother gave him a copy of the Koran and he converted to

(    )

 

At the age of 18, Stevens got a record deal. His debut album ‘Matthew and Son’ was a huge success. He became

(    )

 

causes and has received many peace awards. Yusuf returned to releasing records in 2006.

(    )

 

Islam. Yusuf Islam then abandoned his rock star career. In 1981, he established the first of many

(    )

 

In 1976 Stevens nearly drowned,

(    )

 

himself to helping the British Muslim community.

(    )

 

meditation and read about religion. He wrote many songs that would make him world famous in the 1970s.

(    )

 

Islamia Schools in Britain. He devoted himself to Islamic charitable

(    )

 

over 60 million albums worldwide in a career spanning five decades. He converted to Islam at the height

(    )

 

Yusuf Islam was born in 1948 as Steven Georgiou. His father was a Greek-Cypriot and his mother was Swedish. He lived

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

60     over     sold     has     He     worldwide     albums     million

2.

at     of     He     Islam     height    fame     to     the     his     converted

3.

from     three     music     -     he     decade     started     break     a

4.

piano     playing     started     Steven     12     was     he     when

5.

began     He     London     in     songs     his     perform     to

6.

Stevens     got     a     record     deal     At     the     age     of     18     ,

7.

read     and     meditation     up     took     he     religion     about

8.

an     life     his     question     him     made     which     event

9.

him     Koran     a     His     copy     brother     of     gave     the

10.

established     he     Schools     Islamia     many     of     first     the

YUSUF ISLAM DISCUSSION

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

1.

What do you know about Yusuf Islam?

2.

Would you like to meet Yusuf Islam?

3.

What would you like to know about Yusuf Islam and why?

4.

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5.

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6.

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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 Yusuf Islam?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Yusuf Islam?

3.

What would his answers be to those questions?

4.

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5.

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6.

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7.

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8.

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YUSUF ISLAM SURVEY

Write five questions about Yusuf Islam 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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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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

3. YUSUF ISLAM POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Yusuf Islam. 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 Yusuf Islam. Include an imaginary interview with him. Write about what he does every day and what he 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 Yusuf Islam. Ask him three questions about his life. Give him three suggestions on what he should do in his future. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your “Yusuf Islam expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

formerly

a.

previously

2

philanthropist

b.

do-gooder

3.

devote

c.

dedicate

4.

very

d.

extremely

5.

led to

e.

resulted in

6.

perform

f.

sing


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

deal

g.

agreement

8.

huge

h.

enormous

9.

took up

i.

started

10.

event

j.

incident

11

converted

k

changed

12

established

l

set up

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

formerly known

a.

as Cat Stevens

2

a career spanning

b.

five decades

3.

at the height

c.

of his fame

4.

grew up very

d.

near London’s Piccadilly

5.

under the stage

e.

name Cat Stevens

6.

Stevens got a record

f.

deal

7.

a huge

g.

success

8.

an event which made him

h.

question his life

9.

he established the first of many

i.

Islamia Schools

10.

charitable

j.

causes

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