Session 3

Practise your present perfect tense and learn some new vocabulary as we meet a famous Scottish singing superstar and find out about her life story.

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Activity 1

Susan Boyle's life story

I Dreamed a Dream

Susan Boyle has had an interesting journey to fame. She became well known after her appearance on a British TV talent show. Read more about her here, and see what examples of present perfect you can spot.

Barreeffama kana dubbisii shakala kana xumuri

For Susan Boyle, the last few years have been like a fairy tale. Before she appeared on a British TV talent show in 2009, she was a shy, middle-aged woman from Scotland. Then she sang ‘I dreamed a dream’ from the musical Les Miserables for her audition and she became famous overnight. She didn’t win the contest, but the YouTube video of her performance has been watched by millions of people and her debut album I dreamed a dream has sold over 9 million copies.

The road to stardom hasn’t been easy for Susan. She was born in 1961 in a small Scottish town, the youngest of nine children. She had some learning difficulties and was bullied at school. She left with few qualifications and she has had just one job as a cook at a college. But singing was always part of Susan’s life – at school and at her local church and pub. She had singing lessons and auditioned for talent shows, but she never found the success she was looking for. It was her mother who encouraged her to enter the popular UK Britain’s Got Talent show. The rest is history.

So, how has life changed for this unlikely celebrity? Things have never been quite the same since that extraordinary night in January 2009. She has performed to audiences of thousands of fans and has just completed a huge tour of the UK and the US. Known to the press - and to many of her fans - as SuBo, she has recorded six albums and sold millions of copies. Although she hasn’t won a Grammy award, she has been nominated twice.

But Susan has never forgotten where she came from. She still lives in Scotland. She has bought a new house, but she hasn’t sold the home where she grew up. She has never married or had children, but she has said that she would like to adopt a child. Her powerful voice has given pleasure to millions of fans all over the world. But above all, perhaps, she has been an inspiration for all the people who have ever wanted to follow a dream.

To do

She's had an interesting life, hasn't she? If you like you can watch some clips of Susan Boyle or you can try this activity to test your comprehension of the article.

Has she or hasn't she?

8 Questions

Decide if these sentences about Susan Boyle's life are true or false, according to the article.

Baga gammadde! Qormaata xumurteetta
Excellent! Great job! Carraa badaa! Qabxii argatte:
x / y

Has she or hasn't she?

8 Questions

Decide if these sentences about Susan Boyle's life are true or false, according to the article.

Baga gammadde! Qormaata xumurteetta
Excellent! Great job! Carraa badaa! Qabxii argatte:
x / y

Next

Do you think Susan Boyle has had a few interesting life experiences? We can put what you've discovered about present perfect and Susan's life to the test in the next activity. Good luck!

 

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Session Vocabulary

  • audition
    a short test in which you sing, act, dance or play an instrument to show if you are good enough to be in a play, show, concert, etc.

    performance
    singing, acting, dancing or playing an instrument in front of other people

    debut
    first (often used to describe the first CD made by a singer)

    stardom
    being very famous, usually as a singer, actor or dancer

    to bully
    to act in a threatening way towards other people, often making them do something they don’t want to do

    celebrity
    famous person

    the press
    news media including newspapers, magazines, online news sites etc.

    award
    prize you get for an achievement

    to nominate
    to recommend someone for a prize or job

    to adopt
    to bring up someone else’s child as if they are your own child

    perhaps
    maybe

    inspiration
    (here) a person who you admire and try to be like