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Hikaru Utada is one of Japan’s top singer-songwriters. She is also a talented music arranger and record producer. She is well-known among video game players for her songs on Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts games. In 2007, Utada was the best-selling artist in the world in terms of digital sales. She has three albums in Japan’s top ten all-time list.

Utada was born in New York in 1983 into a musical family. Her father was a record producer, her mother an enka singer, and her grandmother a shamisen player. Utada had music in her blood and so carried on in her parents’ footsteps. However, her first album in the States failed to be released, so she moved back to Japan.

In 1988, Utada signed a recording contract and her debut Japanese singles were huge hits. They led to the phenomenal success of her debut album ‘First Love’ in 1999. It is the best-selling Japanese album of all time, selling over 10 million copies to date worldwide. Utada was ranked number five on a Tokyo radio station’s top 100 artists of the 20th Century.

In mid-2004, Utada moved back to New York to record an English-language album. Two songs from it, "You Make Me Want to Be a Man" and "Devil Inside" topped the US dance chart. A year later she returned to Japan and made her fourth album ‘Ultra Blue’. Her next album ‘Heart Station’ was released in 2008 and is her fifth consecutive number one.

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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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talented

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continued

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well-known

b.

singer

3.

artist

c.

gifted

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carried on

d.

put on sale

5.

released

e.

returned

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moved back

f.

famous


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7.

huge

g.

listed

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phenomenal

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headed

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ranked

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incredible

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record

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enormous

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topped

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successive

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consecutive

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make

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article:

1.

She is well-known

a.

into a musical family

2

the best-selling artist in the world in

b.

of the 20th Century

3.

Utada was born in New York in 1983

c.

parents’ footsteps

4.

Utada had music

d.

among video game players

5.

carried on in her

e.

of her debut album

6.

her debut Japanese singles were

f.

in her blood

7.

the phenomenal success

g.

the US dance chart

8.

top 100 artists

h.

terms of digital sales

9.

"Devil Inside" topped

i.

number one

10.

her fifth consecutive

j.

huge hits

LISTENING GAP FILL

Hikaru Utada is one of Japan’s top singer-songwriters. She ______________ music arranger and record producer. She is ________________ video game players for her songs on Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts games. In 2007, Utada was the best-selling artist in the world ________________ sales. She has three albums in Japan’s ___________________.

Utada was born in New York in 1983 ________________. Her father was a record producer, her mother an enka singer, and her grandmother a shamisen player. Utada had ________________ and so carried on in her ________________. However, her first album in the States ____________________, so she moved back to Japan.

In 1988, Utada signed a recording ________________ debut Japanese singles were huge hits. They led to the phenomenal ________________ album ‘First Love’ in 1999. It is the best-selling Japanese album of all time, selling over 10 million ________________ worldwide. Utada ________________ five on a Tokyo radio station’s top 100 artists of the 20th Century.

In mid-2004, Utada moved back to New York to record an English-language album. ________________, "You Make Me Want to Be a Man" and "Devil Inside" __________________ chart. A year later she returned to Japan and ________________ ‘Ultra Blue’. Her next album ‘Heart Station’ was released in 2008 and is her ________________ number one.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Hikaru Utada is one of Japan’s top singer-songwriters. She is also a talented / talentless music arranger and record producer. She is well-known among video game players for / with her songs on Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts games. In 2007, Utada was the best-selling artist in the world in term / terms of digital sales. She has three albums in / at Japan’s top ten all-time list.

Utada was born in New York in 1983 into a musical / musician family. Her father was a record product / producer, her mother an enka singer, and her grandmother a shamisen player. Utada had music in her blood and to / so carried on in her parents’ footsteps. However, her first album in the States failed / lost to be released, so she moved back to Japan.

In 1988, Utada signed a recording contract and her debut Japanese singles were huge hits. They led to the phenomenal successful / success of her debut album ‘First Love’ in 1999. It is the best-selling Japanese album of all time, selling over 10 million copies to day / date worldwide. Utada was ranked / ranking number five on a Tokyo radio station’s top 100 artists of the 20th / 19th Century.

In mid-2004, Utada moved back to New York to / and record an English-language album. Two songs from / for it, "You Make Me Want to Be a Man" and "Devil Inside" topped the US dance graph / chart. A year later she returned to Japan and made her fourth album ‘Ultra Blue’. Her next album ‘Heart Station’ was released in 2008 and is her fifth / five consecutive number one.

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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singer, and her grandmother a shamisen player. Utada had music in her blood and so carried on in her parents’

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producer. She is well-known among video game players for her songs on Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts

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In mid-2004, Utada moved back to New York to record an English-language album. Two songs from it,

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footsteps. However, her first album in the States failed to be released, so she moved back to Japan.

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Utada was born in New York in 1983 into a musical family. Her father was a record producer, her mother an enka

(    )

 

games. In 2007, Utada was the best-selling artist in the world in terms of digital

(    )

 

album ‘Heart Station’ was released in 2008 and is her fifth consecutive number one.

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phenomenal success of her debut album ‘First Love’ in 1999. It is the best-selling Japanese album of all

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sales. She has three albums in Japan’s top ten all-time list.

1  )

 

Hikaru Utada is one of Japan’s top singer-songwriters. She is also a talented music arranger and record

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five on a Tokyo radio station’s top 100 artists of the 20th Century.

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later she returned to Japan and made her fourth album ‘Ultra Blue’. Her next

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In 1988, Utada signed a recording contract and her debut Japanese singles were huge hits. They led to the

(    )

 

time, selling over 10 million copies to date worldwide. Utada was ranked number

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"You Make Me Want to Be a Man" and "Devil Inside" topped the US dance chart. A year

SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

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Japan’s    Utada    top    is    singer    one    -    of    songwriters

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was    -    in    Utada    best    artist    world    the    selling    the

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in   born   was   Utada   family  musical   a  into   1983   in   York   New

4.

had    Utada    blood    her    in    music

5.

her    in    on    carried    footsteps    parents’

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hits    debut    singles    huge    her    Japanese    were

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album    best    of    -    all    selling    time    Japanese    the

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Man    a    Be    to    Want    Me    Make    You

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she    made    returned    her    to    fourth    Japan    album    and

10.

one    consecutive    her    number    fifth

HIKARU UTADA DISCUSSION (Write your questions)

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

1.

What do you know about Hikaru Utada?

2.

Would you like to meet Hikaru Utada?

3.

What would you like to know about Hikaru Utada and why?

4.

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

1.

What did you learn from this text about Hikaru Utada?

2.

What questions would you like to ask Hikaru Utada?

3.

What would her answers be to those questions?

4.

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THE HIKARU UTADA SURVEY

Write five questions about Hikaru Utada 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 3

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

3. HIKARU UTADA POSTER: Make a poster showing the different stages of the life of Hikaru Utada. 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 Hikaru Utada. 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 Hikaru Utada. 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 “Hikaru Utada expert” partner(s) will try and answer your questions.

ANSWERS

SYNONYM MATCH:

Paragraphs 1 and 2
 

 

 

1.

talented

a.

gifted

2

well-known

b.

famous

3.

artist

c.

singer

4.

carried on

d.

continued

5.

released

e.

put on sale

6.

moved back

f.

returned


Paragraphs 3 and 4
 

 

 

7.

huge

g.

enormous

8.

phenomenal

h.

incredible

9.

ranked

i.

listed

10.

record

j.

make

11

topped

k

headed

12

consecutive

l

successive

PHRASE MATCH:

1.

She is well-known

a.

among video game players

2

the best-selling artist in the world in

b.

terms of digital sales

3.

Utada was born in New York in 1983

c.

into a musical family

4.

Utada had music

d.

in her blood

5.

carried on in her

e.

parents’ footsteps

6.

her debut Japanese singles were

f.

huge hits

7.

the phenomenal success

g.

of her debut album

8.

top 100 artists

h.

of the 20th Century

9.

"Devil Inside" topped

i.

the US dance chart

10.

her fifth consecutive

j.

number one

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