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Session 2

After years of decline caused by CDs, downloads and streaming, sales of vinyl records are back to where they were 25 years ago. Neil and Catherine teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

News Review

Vinyl records make a comeback

It's a format many thought would die, but vinyl records sold more copies in 2016 than in the last 25 years. What's the appeal of these black, plastic disks?

Language challenge

How many vinyl records does Neil have?

a) about ten
b) about 100
c) about 1000

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The story

Sales of vinyl records continue to rise and are now at their highest level for 25 years with David Bowie the current best-selling artist.

The music body, the British Phonographic Industry, says that figures for 2016 show a 53% increase on the previous year.

Key words and phrases

tangible
something real, that you can touch

embraced
welcomed with enthusiasm

record high
highest amount reached

turning the tables
changing from the weaker position to the stronger

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Language challenge - answer

b) about 100.

End of Session 2

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Session Vocabulary

  • tangible
    something real, that you can touch

    embraced
    welcomed with enthusiasm

    record high
    highest amount reached

    turning the tables
    changing from the weaker position to the stronger