by GetEnglishLessons on 19/04/12 at 11:57 pm
The pre-listening stage (naming pictures) can be turned into a competition as teams race against the clock. Listen to check answers.
This worksheet was submitted by Bruno H. Liza
Bruno H. Liza has been an ESL teacher since 1996. He’s got a B.A. in English, an M.A. in Applied Linguistics, he’s a British Council certified e-tutor and a Cambridge ESOL speaking examiner. His main interests include phonology, technology and teaching for exams.
“Speed of Sound” is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their third album, X&Y. Built around a piano riff, the song builds into a huge, synthesizer-heavy chorus. It was released on 23 May 2005 by Parlophone Records as the lead single from the album.
Coldplay vocalist Chris Martin admitted that the song was developed after the band had listened to English art rock singer Kate Bush. The song’s drumbeat is similar to Bush’s 1985 song “Running Up that Hill”. Upon the song’s release, it charted in the UK Singles Chart in the number two position. In the United States, it reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 there first top ten hit in the country, and their most successful song until Viva La Vida reached number one in 2008.
“Speed of Sound” was recognized Song of the Year by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and it was nominated twice at the 48th Grammy Awards. The song won a Brit Award in the category for Best British Single in 2006. The track’s music video was nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards. “Speed of Sound” was also the billionth song downloaded from the iTunes Store.
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