• to practise listening for specific information
• to present and practise Conditional Type I
• to develop students' reading skills
In groups, discuss the questions below:
1. What do you think are best: records, cassettes or compact disks?
2. What is the name of your favourite album? Who is it by?
Introducing the Topic
Write the correct word in each gap. _mixture; hit; album; club; song;
1. We often go to a_when they play punk music. (Club)
2. They released a new_last month. (Album)
3. It's difficult to say what_of music they play — a_of reggae and rap.
4. He played an amazing_in the middle of the_. (Solo, song)
5. She had the biggest_in the 1980s. (Hit)
Listen to a manager talking about making an album. In groups, name and
discuss the stages of making an album.
Manager. Well, going into a studio is expensive. If you want to save
money, you have to prepare everything first, and if you prepare well, the recording
will be success. Now, once the group is in studio, they have to play their
songs and record them. It doesn't matter if they make a mistake, they can do
the song again. After you've recorded the song, you listen to everything. This
is the "mixing" stage, when you can decide how you want the song to
sound — to make the drum louder, the guitar quieter, that sort of things. You
can even do the song again, but as I said, it's an expensive business. If you
have more money, you can spend more time in the studio.
Anyway, when you've finished mixing the album, the studio makes a master
copy, and from this they make all the records, cassettes and CDs, which you see
in the shops. It's very important to display and advertise these well.
The album cover is very important as well. You need to get it right if
you want to sell a lot of copies.
The last part of the process is performing the music, going on tour and
promoting the album. And if the fans have a good time at your concert, they'll
buy the album!
Conditional Type I
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are loosing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too.
If you can dream — and not make dreams your master;
If you can think — and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same.
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings — nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but non too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run —
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And — which is more — you'll be a Man, my son!
Rudyard Kipling Conditional Type I — to talk about real future.
Conditional Type I if + Present Simple future with will
A) Match the two parts to make complete sentences.
1. If he has enough money,
2. If you touch this key,
3. If you practice more,
4. If you play louder,
5. If you listen to a very loud music,
6. If you want to be a virtuoso,
A the keyboard would make this sound.
B you will hurt your ears
C he will buy an electric guitar.
B) Game: P1-P2-P3...
PI. If I have time, I'll go the concert. P2. If I go tot the concert,
I'll be happy. P3. If I'm happy, I'll...
C) Complete the sentences with the correct form of the verb in brackets.
1. If I_(go) near the theatre, I_(see) what time the concert starts.
2. If I_(not have) any homework, I_(play) my electric guitar.
3. In they_(have) a conceit, they_(make) an album.
4. If she_(go) to a party, she_(take) some "house" music.
5. If he_(practise) more, he_(pass) the piano exam.
D) Match the parts of the proverbs.
1. If the sky falls...
2. If you sing before breakfast...
3. If you run after two hairs...
4. If the man deceive s me once..., if he deceives me twice...
5. If one sheep leaps over the ditch...
6. If the blind leads the blind...
7. If you cannot bite...
8. If you swear...
9. If the cap fits ...
(You will catch no fish, never show teeth, all the rest will follow, we
shall catch larks, you will cry before supper, shame on him, both will fall
into the ditch, wear it, you will catch neither)
The teacher photocopies the lyrics from one of her / his favourite songs
and distributes them to the class. Then she / he says why it's a good song and
why it' important for her / him. After that the song is played and discussed
with the class. Alternately, the teacher cuts up the lyrics in sections,
photocopies them out of the order and asks the students to listen to the song
and to put the sections in the right order.
A) Read the magazine article. Match the titles with the paragraphs.
• Plans for the future
• Starting off
This week, Buzz Magazine's reporter Jerry Crowley meets Dwayne Benefit,
leader of the successful rock group Benefit.
1. I arrived at Dwayne Benefit's home on a glorious day in August. As we
drank a cool fruit juice, I asked him how it had all started. "My brother,
Reg, and myself used to play around with instruments and write our own songs.
Our early music was a mixture of styles. We were also influenced by The
Beatles, of course". And how did these kids become a rock group? "My
brother, Reg, put an advert in the local paper. He said we could play anything.
It wasn't true, of course!"
2. Dwayne has come a long way since those days in London. "The
present group started in 1984 — that's me on bass, Reg on keyboards, Danny on
lead guitar and Jackie on drums. People started getting interested in us and
we made our first album in 1987. We began touring Britain and Europe and
since then we haven't looked back". 3.
"We're going into the studio next year to make another album and
then, probably another long world tour". Is it a hard life? "Not
really", says Dwayne, pouring himself another drink.
B) Are these sentences true or false?
1. Dwayne said he had started off with his brother Reg. ( T)
2. The Benefits' music was influenced be Elvis Presley. (F)
3. Dwayne plays the bass guitar. ( T)
4. They have just made another album. (F)
Read the questionnaire and think about your answers. Then in pairs, tell
your partner about yourself.
THE MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE
1. Can you play a musical instrument? If so, which one?
2. If you could choose any musical instrument, which one would you like
to play really well?
3. If your parents have a party, what kind of music will they play?
4. When you go to the party, what kind of music do you play?
5. Will you buy a new album if you go shopping this weekend?
6. If you can take only three albums with you to a desert island, which
three will you take?
7. Have you ever been to a concert?
8. If so, who did you see?
9. Who is your favourite rock star? If you meet him / her, what will you
say or do?
10. If you have children when you are older, do you think they will like
Make up 8 sentences with Conditional I.