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How to break into the music industry

Listen to a talk about how to get a job in the music industry and do the exercises to practise and improve your listening skills.

Instructions

Do the preparation exercise before you listen. Then do the other exercises to check your understanding.

Preparation

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How to break into the music industry

Complete the idioms with a word from the list below

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1. for what it's _________________ (= used when you are not sure that what you are saying is useful)

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2. easier said than _________________ (= used when you think something is a good idea but might be difficult to do)

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3. to prove your _________________ (= to show that you have something valuable to contribute)

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4. to have your finger on the ______________________ (= to know about recent changes and fashions)

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5. to get your foot in the _________________ (= to enter a business at a low level with the chance of being successful later)

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6. a stepping _________________ (= an event or experience that helps you achieve something else)

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7. to be star- _________________  (= to feel enormous or too much respect for famous people, especially when meeting them in person)

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8. to be tongue- _____________________ (= to find it hard to express yourself in speech, usually because you are nervous)

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How to break into the music industry

Complete the phrase with words from the list below

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  1. Keeping ____________ as much as possible

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  1. Showing music industry ____________ that you are worth employing

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  1. How to ____________ celebrities

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  1. The different jobs ____________ in the music industry

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  1. Starting to ____________ contacts

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  1. Using social networks to ____________ the right image to employers

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How to break into the music industry

Complete the sentences according to the talk. Use no more than two words for each answer.

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1. In the music industry, qualifications are much less important than _________________ .

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2. When you are starting off in the business, the most important thing is to ________________ .

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3. If you are lucky, you might get work as a paid ________________ .

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4. You can impress people in the company if you have a _______________ .

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5. An easy way to network could be to find someone you admire and _______________ .

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6. Make sure that everything you post on social media reflects the _______________ you want to project.

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7. One of the exciting things about the music industry is that things are changing _______________ .

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8. When you meet a celebrity you should treat him or her as a client and try not to be _______________ .

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How false information spreads

Listen to the radio interview about how false information spreads and do the exercises to practise and improve your listening skills.

Instructions

Do the preparation exercise before you listen. Then do the other exercises to check your understanding.

Preparation

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How false information spreads

Match the words with their definitions.

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an infectious disease which covers the body in small red spots

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to give a person an injection to prevent them getting a disease

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not based on facts or proof

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statements that are not correct

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to change something so that it doesn't work as intended

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to intentionally damage property belonging to others

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a plan to trick or deceive someone

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an African mammal with a long nose that eats ants

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to write or say the words of a writer, book, etc.

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to prove that something is true

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HideCheck your understanding: multiple choice

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How false information spreads

Read the questions and choose the correct answer.

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Which statement about circular reporting is true?

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Which statement is correct about journalists?

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Which statement is correct?

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Which statement is true about Wikipedia?

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What is true about childhood vaccines and autism?

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Which statement is correct?

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How false information spreads

Complete the expressions from the audio with the phrase below

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1.  _________________________ (using as few words as possible), it’s the confirmation of false information.

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2. ... and ____________________ (not at all) is obvious as being false.

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3. … then he forgot about it and _________________________ (spent no time thinking about it).

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4. That’s not to say that all information on Wikipedia is false ___________________ (not at all).

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5. … unsupported claims were picked up by the media and __________________ (became known by lots of people very quickly).

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6. We often _________________ (accept things as they are, rather than thinking carefully about them).

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Help others, help yourself

Listen to the radio interview with two young volunteers and do the exercises to practise and improve your listening skills.

Instructions

Do the preparation exercise before you listen. Then do the other exercises to check your understanding.

Preparation

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Help others, help yourself

Match the verbs with their collocations.

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Match the verbs with their collocations.

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  1. to do

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to volunteer

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to overcome

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to deal with

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to gain

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to meet

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to organise

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to share

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Task 1 Check your understanding

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Help others, help yourself

Put the activities in the correct groups.

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Task 1 Check your understanding

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1.  Marathon running

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2. BMX biking

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3. kick scooter

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4. parkour

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5. football

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6. cricket

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7. table tennis

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8. skateboarding

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9. modern dance

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10. tennis

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Task 2 Check your understanding

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Help others, help yourself

Read the questions and chose the correct answer.

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Task 2 Check your understanding

Read the questions and choose the correct answer

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1.Liam says that Parkour is ...

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2. Liam’s main job is …

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Which area did Liam not have training in?

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4. Why did Debbie volunteer the second time?

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5. Which sport did Debbie not volunteer to help with?

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6. Debbie and Liam both say that …

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A project management meeting

Listen to a project management meeting to practise and improve your listening skills.

Preparation

Words, contractions and expresions
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VocabularyDefinition
1. …… to collaboratea. a benefit that a company’s products or services provide to customers
2. …… a value propositionb. something that a person has agreed to have ready by a specific time
3. …… to work crossfunctionallyc. someone who has an interest in the success or failure of a project or product
4. …… a deliverabled. to work together with others in order to achieve something
5. …… a timelinee. a project schedule
6. …… a stakeholder f. to work with people from different divisions or departments

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Choose the correct option to complete the sentences.

  1. The project is important because …
    a. it will improve what the company is offering the customer.
    b. it involves working with people from other departments.
    c. the head office is closely following its progress.
  2. Matteo is concerned about …
    a. communication in the team.
    b. taking on work that they have little experience of.
    c. not having time to work on the project.
  3. Akiko is the best person to do the customer survey questionnaire because …
    a. she normally handles the company’s marketing initiatives.
    b. she has worked with John on similar tasks.
    c. she has studied the subject.
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  4. Matteo initially asks for …
    a. paid overtime.
    b. an assistant.
    c. a reduction in his targets.
  5. John’s immediate response to Barbara’s offer to help Matteo is …
    a. enthusiastic.
    b. not entirely positive.
    c. a definite no.
  6. It’s important that Matteo does the designs because …
    a. a client has asked specifically for him.
    b. no one else knows how to do them.
    c. he has the software to do them at home.

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Put the words and phrases in the correct order to make longer phrases.

  1. get good clear to It’s this
  2. up It’s to you
  3. all have a lot you I know on
  4. this your help appreciate on I really
  5. to do So, the need first thing we is the questionnaire
  6. to but I’m already I’d love up tied
  7. moment I’m at overloaded the
  8. OK. We’ll out it It’s work

Activities

A job interview

Things you need to know

words and contractions

learning and development = L&D

human resources = HR

business to business = B2B

business to customer =B2C

Listen to the job interview to practise and improve your listening skills.

Transcription

The less you use it the better

Interviewer: Hello, Maria. Thanks for coming in for the interview.

Maria: It’s my pleasure. Thanks for inviting me.

Interviewer: Well, as you know, the company has been expanding and we have an opening in our HR department. We’re creating a new role for someone to lead our training and development within the company.

Maria: Yes, I very much think that my skills and experience are a good fit for what you’re looking for.

Interviewer: That sounds great. So, your CV looks strong, though it would be good if you could give us an overview, in your own words, of what you’ve been doing over the past four years or so.

Maria: Well, in my first job, four years ago, I was working for a small HR services provider which offered HR services, including L&D, to corporate clients.

Interviewer: OK, so it was only B2B?

Maria: Yes, we only offered services to other companies, not B2C.

Interviewer: Right, and it says here you then left that company about three years ago.

Maria: Yes, that’s right. I was looking for a little more stability and also to be part of a larger organisation. So I joined a company with around one hundred staff and a small HR team. As there are only a few of us, we each deal with a range of HR topics. In addition to payroll, one of the areas I was responsible for was learning and development.

Interviewer: I see. And, so why do you want to change jobs now?

Maria: Well, I very much like the L&D side of my role and I’ve always had particularly good feedback for my work in this area. I believe I excel in that field. So, I’m looking to specialise, and as your company has around 2,000 people, right …? 

Interviewer: Yes, that’s right.

Maria: Well, an organisation of this size would give me the scope to specialise in L&D. I’m also a big follower of your brand and feel fully aligned with your image and values.

Interviewer: Well, that all sounds good. And I can see you have an L&D qualification.

Maria: Yes, I got a diploma two years ago. I am also currently working on a further diploma in psychology, with a specific focus on learning and performance management.

Interviewer: Very good. Well, it looks like you have the qualifications and experience we’re looking for. What do you think will be the main challenges of coming to a much larger company?

Maria: I can see that it might be perceived as a weakness to not have experience in an organisation of this size, though I see that it could also be a benefit. I won’t be bringing too many preconceived and possibly inflexible ideas with me to the role.  

Interviewer: Yes, that would be a good thing.

Maria: Also, I’m used to taking a very personal approach to employee development. I realise that such an approach with 2,000 staff members will have to happen in a different way, but I bring many ideas with me that can be replicated on a larger scale.

Interviewer: I see what you mean. Right, so, do you have any questions for me?

Maria: Um, I think we’ve covered many of the areas I had wanted to address. I have two quick questions though.

Interviewer: Go on.

Maria: Who would I mostly work with on a daily basis?

Interviewer: Well, there’s the HR manager who you would report to. And then the HR team, which currently has six people in it. There’s usually an intern or two who you can get some support from also.

Maria: OK. Thanks. That’s all really clear. And my other question is how performance in this role will be measured. What does success look like?

Interviewer: That’s a good question. As you know, we have a performance management system in place, and from that we have identified some learning and development needs within the organisation. But we haven’t devised a strategy. Your role would be to devise and then successfully implement this strategy.

Maria: Thank you. That sounds interesting.  

Interviewer: Great. So, thanks again for coming in today. We’ll be discussing all candidates next week and then I’ll get back to you by the end of next week to let you know the outcome.

Maria: Thank you for your time. I’d welcome the opportunity to continue discussing this role with you.

Task 1

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C1_ A job interview

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Maria has been in her current job ...

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Four years ago, Maria worked for a small HR services provider ...

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Maria's current role is focused ...

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Maria ...

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Maria will need to ...

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Maria ...

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A job interview – 2

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Maria feels her skills and experience are a _____________ for the company.

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2. Maria changed jobs because she was looking for more ____________

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3. She was _______________  for learning and development.

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4. She feels _____________ with the company's brand and values.

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5. She's used to taking a ____________ approach to L&D.

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6. Her ideas can be ____________ on a larger scale.

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7. She would ____________ to the HR manager.

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8. Performance will be _____________ in different ways.

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