Sunday, 15 April 2018

U2- "Get Out Of Your Own Way"

Back again with an other extract from U2's latest album "Songs of Experience" (I've already dealt with it here), today's hit, "Get Out Of Your Own Way", plays a major role while speaking to your students about war and its consequences. True to what's happening in Siria in these days, I think you could use my worksheet to focus on vocabulary about war and peace. The song has many hints at the contemporary US politics and make our students reflect upon the current situation in Siria. Before doing the listening activity I would propose my students to watch the video with no presentation or comment and then ask them to detect the message of the song we're going to listen together, but let me know if you have other options for it. 

Level: intermediate

Grammar focus on: vocabulary

Activity: listen and fill in the gaps (items provided)


Lyrics taken from: Angolo Testi

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Saturday, 7 April 2018

Leo Stannard ft. Frances- "Gravity"

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! The song, I'm writing about today, "Gravity", is one of my favourite songs, while driving home, after a hard day at work, when I really need to calm down a little. I have often listened it sung by the young British singer Leo Stannard and the Italian pop singer Chiara Galiazzo (hence its popularity here in Italy), but I found out that the original version as well as the videoclip were performed by Stannard with an other British singer, Frances. Moreover I consider this hit appropriate for beginners who want to approach prepositions and phrasal verbs in English or simply revise  the present, too.

Level: beginner

Grammar focus on: prepositions, phrasal verbs

Activity: circle the right option



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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Ed Sheeran- "Perfect"

Valentine's day is coming soon and today I'm working on a perfect love song, which I'm sure some of my students will enjoy greatly. "Perfect" is a ballad sung by the British pop artist Ed Sheeran duetting with the American pop star BeyoncĂ©. I know that in this hit there are love idioms, but  I preferred focusing on the past simple form of irregular verbs, which is usually a sore point for English learners.

Level: pre- and intermediate

Grammar focus on:  past simple

Activity: fill in the blanks



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Saturday, 9 December 2017

U2- "You're the best thing about me"

In 2014 the Irish band U2 released an album, "Songs of Innocence", which was a devoted tribute to William Blake's masterpiece. After 3 years, Bono and company worked on a new album,  "Songs of Experience", named after the second collection of poems written by the same English visionary poet. The hit we're going to listen today, "You're the best thing about me", is a gem, that recollects all the most important themes you can read in Blake's poems, i.e. an inner look into our personal emotional sphere. What I love about this song is that it is a love message sent by Bono to his children and a clear sign of jubilation. If you're working in a school where you teach English literature and you're interested in a flipped educational activity, you may as well appeal your students to search for similarities between the contents of the U2's lyrics and William Blake's poems, too.

Level: intermediate and upper-intermediate

Grammar focus on: prepositions and adverbs

Activity: fill in the song



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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Mika- "It's My House"

Mika is one of my favourite artists: he's a great singer but also a talented one-man anchor and his TV program, "Stasera CasaMika", currently on Rai2  on Tuesdays, is unmissable for me. Thus today's song, "It's My House", theme song of the show, is proper to revise the study of auxiliaries, but also to practice phrasal verbs, too. What's more, I guess your students will love it and will also enjoy singing the refrain of the song.

Level: intermediate

Grammar focus on: auxiliaries (might/would/ can/ will/ are)

Activity: fill in the gaps (items provided)

It's My House

Lyrics taken from: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/mika/itsmyhouse.html

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(live from the first night of "Stasera CasaMika)

Monday, 6 November 2017

Justin Bieber & BloodPop- "Friends"

The lyrics I have gone for today needs no presentation: I bet that your students already sing it and girls are simply crazy about Justin Bieber, i.e. the singer. The type of language is also basic and some lines are repeated more than two or three times, too. Therefore I thought to use it to reinforce students'skills about grammar as well as pronunciation.

Level: beginner

Grammar focus on: present simple vs. simple past 

Activity: circle the right option



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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Pink- "What About Us"

Sometimes some of my students are taken over by a sudden and unpredictable mood swing: maybe the day after they were peaceful and heedful, whereas the next day they look like somber, inattentive and careless, if not rude, to others' concern. I don't know if the same has happened to you, but in many cases this is due to love woes, which can have a "dramatic" impact not only on my student but  on all the other friends he/she has in the class! At times they want to talk about their sufferings and disappointment, but usually they don't and they don't want even join my lesson. What will I do then? Here's my suggestion to create a more relaxing atmosphere in the class, not being too intrusive or regardless their emotional state: "What about us", a song written and sung by the US pop star Pink, which is perfect to understand the sensations one may prove after breaking up, as here you can find lots of words related to feelings. Furthermore this song is also suitable to learn and practice phrasal verbs and colloquial expressions and that's the focus of my activity today. 

Level: intermediate

Focus on: phrasal verbs and idioms

Activity: fill in the gap


Lyrics taken from: Google Play Music 

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