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YouTube Makes Rock Band Famous (19th October, 2010)

A New York rock band has become famous on YouTube after they gave a very special concert. The group, Atomic Tom, performed on the B train on the New York subway. The performance was special because all of the instruments were iPhones. They took a video of their song, “Take Me Out,” and put it on YouTube. It now has over 1.3 million hits. It also reached number 86 on the iTunes singles chart. Lead singer Luke White told reporters how happy he was with the band’s sudden fame, saying: "We're a band that is trying to reach out to new fans.”

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YouTube first started in 2005, but it seems like it has been with us forever. It is one of the biggest sites on the Internet. Its own site explains how many people visit it: “People are watching 2 billion videos a day on YouTube and uploading hundreds of thousands of videos daily. In fact, every minute, 24 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube.” Many people have become famous because of YouTube. The most recent of these is a baby dancing to samba music. The website is not popular with everyone. A lot of the videos break international copyright laws.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

become famous

a.

special concert

2

they gave a very

b.

1.3 million hits

3.

all of the instruments

c.

on YouTube

4.

it now has over

d.

new fans

5.

Lead singer

e.

were iPhones

6.

reach out to

f.

Luke White

 

Paragraph 2

1.

YouTube first

a.

the Internet

2

one of the biggest sites on

b.

of videos

3.

People are watching 2 billion

c.

started in 2005

4.

hundreds of thousands

d.

to samba music

5.

a baby dancing

e.

laws

6.

break international copyright

f.

videos a day


LISTENING GAP FILL

A New York rock band ____________________ YouTube after they gave a very special concert. The group, Atomic Tom, ____________________ train on the New York subway. The performance was ____________________ the instruments were iPhones. They ____________________ song, “Take Me Out,” and put it on YouTube. It now has over 1.3 million hits. It also reached number 86 ____________________ chart. Lead singer Luke White told reporters how happy he was with the band’s sudden fame, saying: "We're a band that is ____________________ to new fans.”

YouTube first started in 2005, ____________________ has been with us forever. It is one of the biggest sites on the Internet. Its ____________________ many people visit it: “People are watching 2 billion videos a day on YouTube and uploading ____________________ of videos daily. In fact, every minute, 24 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube.” Many people have become famous because of YouTube. The ___________________ is a baby dancing to samba music. The website is not popular with everyone. A ____________________ international copyright laws.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A New York rock band has become famous (1) ____ YouTube after they    (2) ____ a very special concert. The group, Atomic Tom, performed on the B train on the New York subway. The performance was special because all of the instruments were iPhones. They (3) ____ a video of their song, “Take Me Out,” and put it on YouTube. It now has over 1.3 million hits. It also (4) ____ number 86 on the iTunes singles chart. Lead singer Luke White told reporters (5) ____ happy he was with the band’s sudden fame, saying: "We're a band that is trying to reach (6) ____ to new fans.”

YouTube first started in 2005, but it seems (7) ____ it has been with us forever. It is one of the biggest sites on the Internet. Its own site explains how many people (8) ____ it: “People are watching 2 billion videos a day on YouTube and uploading hundreds of thousands of videos (9) ____. In fact, every minute, 24 hours of video is (10) ____ to YouTube.” Many people have become famous because of YouTube. The (11) ____ recent of these is a baby dancing to samba music. The website is not popular with everyone. A lot of the videos (12) ____ international copyright laws.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

in

(b)

at

(c)

on

2.

(a)

gave

(b)

made

(c)

was

3.

(a)

gave

(b)

took

(c)

photographed

4.

(a)

reach

(b)

reaching

(c)

reached

5.

(a)

how

(b)

why

(c)

what

6.

(a)

in

(b)

that

(c)

out

7.

(a)

like

(b)

likes

(c)

liking

8.

(a)

arrive

(b)

visit

(c)

go

9.

(a)

daily

(b)

days

(c)

day

10.

(a)

uploads

(b)

uploaded

(c)

uploaded

11.

(a)

many

(b)

much

(c)

most

12

(a)

crack

(b)

break

(c)

smash


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

a very special cotncer

2.

the New York awuysb

3.

took a ieodv

4.

rheeadc number 86

5.

the band’s ndeuds fame

6.

hecar out to new fans

 

Paragraph 2

7.

been with us freevor

8.

the stbegig sites

9.

2 nibolil videos a day

10.

poedalud to YouTube

11.

The most trenec

12.

not purapol with everyone


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

uploaded to YouTube.” Many people have become famous because of YouTube. The most recent of these is a baby dancing

(    )

YouTube first started in 2005, but it seems like it has been with us forever. It is one of the biggest

(    )

happy he was with the band’s sudden fame, saying: "We're a band that is trying to reach out to new fans.”

(    )

A New York rock band has become famous on YouTube after they gave a very special concert. The group, Atomic Tom,

(    )

a day on YouTube and uploading hundreds of thousands of videos daily. In fact, every minute, 24 hours of video is

(    )

were iPhones. They took a video of their song, “Take Me Out,” and put it on YouTube. It now has over 1.3 million

(    )

performed on the B train on the New York subway. The performance was special because all of the instruments

(    )

to samba music. The website is not popular with everyone. A lot of the videos break international copyright laws.

1  )

hits. It also reached number 86 on the iTunes singles chart. Lead singer Luke White told reporters how

(    )

sites on the Internet. Its own site explains how many people visit it: “People are watching 2 billion videos


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

band     A     has     New     become     York     famous     rock.    

2.

train    on    the    New    York    subway    Performed    on    the    B.   

3.

of     instruments     iPhones     All     the     were.    

4.

86     chart     on     the     Reached     iTunes     number     singles.    

5.

to     out     reach     to     Trying     fans     new.    

6.

It     it     with     like     been     forever     seems     has     us.    

7.

biggest     sites     One     on     of     the     the     Internet.    

8.

hundreds     Uploading     daily     videos     of     thousands     of.    

9.

is     website     The     everyone     with     popular     not.    

10.

break     lot     international     of     copyright     the     videos     A.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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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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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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WRITING

Write about YouTube 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. YOUTUBE: Search the Internet and find more information about YouTube. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about YouTube. Include imaginary interviews with the rock band and the train passengers. 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 the band’s lead singer. Ask him three questions about YouTube. Give him three of your opinions on YouTube. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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