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New Computer Game Music Award (18th January, 2010)

Computer game music now has a special award. Composers of video game scores can win an Ivor Novello prize from this year. These awards are like the Oscars for composers. Usually classical music wins, but Sir Paul McCartney won one once. Computer game music is becoming very popular. Top orchestras around the world have performed the soundtracks to many well-known games. Awards committee member Mark Fishlock said: “Writing music for games requires a number of specialist skills.”

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It’s great that writers of computer game music can win an international award. Lots of video game music is really good. The soundtrack to games like Tomb Raider and World of Warcraft are my favourites. Other music is so addictive that you can’t stop humming it. I sometimes can’t get the tune to Sonic the Hedgehog out of my head. There are even video game concert tours. One, by Video Games Live, sold over half a million tickets. I think a game music concert would be a lot of fun to go to.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

a special

a.

for composers

2

like the Oscars

b.

very popular

3.

game music is becoming

c.

around the world

4.

Top orchestras

d.

skills

5.

many well-

e.

award

6.

specialist

f.

known games

 

Paragraph 2

1.

win an

a.

addictive

2

music is so

b.

my head

3.

you can’t stop

c.

to go to

4.

out of

d.

international award

5.

half a

e.

humming it

6.

a lot of fun

f.

million tickets


LISTENING GAP FILL

Computer game music __________________ award. Composers of video game scores can win an Ivor Novello prize from this year. These __________________ Oscars for composers. Usually classical music wins, but Sir Paul McCartney __________________. Computer game music is becoming very popular. __________________ around the world have performed the soundtracks __________________ games. Awards committee member Mark Fishlock said: “Writing music for games requires a number __________________.”

It’s great that writers of computer game __________________ international award. Lots of video game __________________. The soundtrack to games like Tomb Raider and World of Warcraft are my favourites. Other music __________________ that you can’t stop humming it. I sometimes can’t get the tune to Sonic the Hedgehog out of my head. __________________ video game concert tours. One, by Video Games Live, sold __________________ tickets. I think a game music concert would __________________ go to.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Computer game music now has a (1) ____ award. Composers of video game scores can win an Ivor Novello prize from this year. These awards are (2) ____ the Oscars for composers. Usually (3) ____ music wins, but Sir Paul McCartney won one once. Computer game music is becoming very popular. Top orchestras around the world have performed the soundtracks to many well-(4) ____ games. Awards committee member Mark Fishlock said: “Writing music for games requires a (5) ____ of specialist skills.”

It’s great that writers (6) ____ computer game music can win an international award. Lots of video game music is really good. The soundtrack (7) ____ games like Tomb Raider and World of Warcraft are my favourites. Other music is so (8) ____ that you can’t stop humming it. I sometimes can’t get the tune to Sonic the Hedgehog (9) ____ of my head. There are even video game concert tours. One, by Video Games Live, sold over half a million tickets. I think a game music concert would be a lot of (10) ____ to go to.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

special

(b)

specially

(c)

specialist

2.

(a)

likely

(b)

liking

(c)

like

3.

(a)

classical

(b)

classic

(c)

classically

4.

(a)

knew

(b)

known

(c)

knowing

5.

(a)

numeral

(b)

numbers

(c)

number

6.

(a)

of

(b)

by

(c)

to

7.

(a)

by

(b)

to

(c)

on

8.

(a)

addictive

(b)

addict

(c)

addiction

9.

(a)

in

(b)

though

(c)

out

10.

(a)

funny

(b)

fun

(c)

funnily


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

a paelics award

2.

ciclaassl music

3.

very oplpura

4.

ndauor the world

5.

well-onnwk games

6.

specialist ilkssl

 

Paragraph 2

7.

retirsw of computer game music

8.

my eiarofusvt

9.

music is so dciavtdei

10.

stop iungmhm it

11.

tcncroe tours

12.

half a million ktscite


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

music for games requires a number of specialist skills.”

1  )

Computer game music now has a special award. Composers of video game scores can win an Ivor Novello prize from

(    )

this year. These awards are like the Oscars for composers. Usually classical music wins, but Sir Paul McCartney won

(    )

of my head. There are even video game concert tours. One, by Video Games Live, sold

(    )

good. The soundtrack to games like Tomb Raider and World of Warcraft are my favourites. Other music is so

(    )

addictive that you can’t stop humming it. I sometimes can’t get the tune to Sonic the Hedgehog out

(    )

soundtracks to many well-known games. Awards committee member Mark Fishlock said: “Writing

(    )

one once. Computer game music is becoming very popular. Top orchestras around the world have performed the

(    )

over half a million tickets. I think a game music concert would be a lot of fun to go to.

(    )

It’s great that writers of computer game music can win an international award. Lots of video game music is really


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

.     music     Computer     award     a     now     game     has     special

2.

like     Oscars     These     are     the     awards.    

3.

popular     Game     is     very     music     becoming.    

4.

games     many     well     The     -     soundtracks     known     to.    

5.

specialist     a     of     skills     Requires     number.    

6.

win     can     music     Game     award     international     an.    

7.

good     is     game     of     music     really     .     video     Lots

8.

so    addictive    that    you    can’t    stop    humming    it    Music    is.   

9.

concert    game    video    even    are    There    tours.   

10.

tickets    a    over    million    half    Sold.   


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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5.

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6.

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

1.

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5.

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6.

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WRITING

Write about computer game music 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 the Ivor Novello awards. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about computer game music. Include imaginary interviews with composers of computer game music. What do they think of the Ivor Novello awatd? Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to a computer game music composer. Ask him/her three questions about his/her job. Give him/her three of your opinions on computer game music. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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