Thursday, 26 February 2015

ONEREPUBLIC- "I Lived"

I have loved this song since the first time I listened to it! As you can imagine, as a fresh mother, I am easily moved by lyrics that are about the relationship between parents and children and "I Lived" is a perfect summary of all the emotions, hopes and dreams that we share everyday.
I'm sure your students will appreciate the videoclip of this song, as it is centred on all the activities they wish to do once in their lifetime!

Level: pre-intermediate

Grammar focus on: present simple

Activity: circle the right option. This activity would be perfect in case you're going to revise the use of -s for the third person of present simple.


Lyrics taken from: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/onerepublic/ilived.html

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Let's talk about: your relations with your parents. 1) What activities do you like to do with your parents? 2) What are the activities your parents are good at (or helpless at)? 3) Describe a special day that you spent with your parents.


Monday, 16 February 2015

Hozier- "Take Me to Church"

Today I'm posting a short worksheet on one of the major hits, "Take Me to Church" by the Irish singer and composer Hozier. Notwithstanding the fact that it has been broadcast all over the world, being played and replayed hunderds of times by all the radios, it isn't so commercial as many think.  As a matter of fact, the song relates the love story of two guys of the same sex and it also attacks the stance held by the Christian Church against homosexuality. For this reason, I agree that this activity should be directed to adult teenagers or committed and conscious students. But if you're willing to use it to make even younger students aware about these issues, why not?

Level: upper-intermediate, advanced

Gramamr focus on: vocabulary

Activity: fill-in the gaps


Lyrics taken from: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/hozier/takemetochurch.html

Video: 

Let's talk about: religion and feelings. 1) What does "Take Me to Church" inspire you? Talk about your feelings. 2) Compare your emotions with your classmates. 3) What message does Hozier want to convey?

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Meghan Trainor- "All About That Bass"

Teaching ESL often implies selecting material with a social message for teenagers and when it comes to dealing with eating and bad habits, we know how much it is fundamental nowadays to stress upon complex concepts, i.e. awareness, healthy habits and self acceptance, etc. 
In choosing today's song, "All About That Bass", I'm thinking that all these aspects are positively expressed by the US singer Meghan Trainor, a testimonial herself of real beauty. Although some of you may object that the language is pretty colloquial, I believe it can easily become subject matter itself, therefore why don't you make reference to it, if you are planning a lesson on colloquial/plain English and synonyms to enrich your students' poor vocabulary?

Level: pre-intermediate/intermediate students

Grammar focus on: colloquial/plain English and synonyms

Activity: rewrite the words given into plain English and find synonyms for informal expressions



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Let's talk about:  Photoshop and real beauty. 1) Who do you admire most: VIP celebrities or ordinary people? 2)Do you agree with the message conveyed by the song? 3) Would ever go under plastic surgery (or nip and tuck?)?


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Sheppard- "Geronimo"

Hi everyone and welcome back to a new school year! If you're terribly missing your summer lazy days and you urgently need a boost, say: "Geronimo"! As some of you probably already know, this new hit by the emerging Australian band Sheppard goes back to Geronimo, the Apache leader who used to yell his name before making any war. Quite in the same way, I wish we all can start this new adventure with the same strength of that legendary Native American hero....!

Level: upper intermediate

Grammar focus on: verbs of movement

Activity: reorder the verbs given into scrambled order

Geronimo

Lyrics taken from: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/sheppard/geronimo.html

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Friday, 18 April 2014

American Authors- "Best Day of My Life"

As soon as you listen to this song, you will find it extremely familiar and that's why it has been chosen as soundtrack for many important events, as suggested by Metrolyrics  and Wikipedia. You can use "Best Day of My Life" for any class, no matter your students' level or age, because it can be easily fitted to your needs. In this case I'm putting forward a quick lesson plan on idiomatic expressions and phrasal verbs, too, but you could think of other possibilities, as well!

Level: pre-intermediate 

Grammar focus on: idioms & phrasal verbs

Activity: circle the right option


Lyrics taken from: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/americanauthors/bestdayofmylife.html

Video:



Let's talk about: positive feelings and sensations. 1) Can you remember the best day of your life? 2)How would you imagine the best day of your life? 









Thursday, 10 April 2014

Faul & Wad Ad & Pnau- "Changes"

On the basis of one of the biggest hits at the moment, "Changes", I'd like to speak about the importance of storytelling in dealing with songs. As you already know, oral interaction plays a fundamental role in ESL, but one may wonder: one can you combine ESL songs and speaking activities? This week I'm going to add an extra infographic, that briefly illustrate how you can develop storytelling in your class, by simply working on the video clip of a song. In this case, I would suggest that you show your class first the video clip and only after that you can go on with the listening activity. I'm sure your students will enjoy it, just have a look at the YouTube video (linked below) and you will agree with me!

Level: any 

Grammar focus on: just, maybe

Activity: let's focus on storytelling. First let the video play and decide which aspect you would like to analyse. Secondly, ask your students to listen to the song. Finally get them involved with their personal experiences in the Let's talk about section. 

(Cliparts taken from http://www.clipartgratis.it/)

Lyrics taken from  http://www.lyricsmania.com/changes_lyrics_faul_and_wad_ad_and_pnau.html

Video:

Let's talk about teenagers' lifestyle: 1) Have you ever taken part in a bravado with your friends? 2) Have you ever bullied against someone? How do you feel now? 3) Have you ever been bullied? How do you feel about that?