As many ESL learners already know, phrasal verbs and prepositions following verbs can be quite irksome to master and even proficient speakers regularly need to go over them. Today's song "Untouchable" by the British Nick Howard is perfect for this goal! Level: pre-intermediate Grammar focus on: phrasal verbs, prepositions Activity: circle the right option Untouchable Lyrics taken from: http://www.lyricsmania.com/untouchable_lyrics_nick_howard.html Video:
Let's talk about: my friends and I. 1) Find three adjectives to describe your friends. 2) What is special in friendship? 3)How do you feel, when you are with your friends?
Straight from Billboard Hot 100, we'd like to introduce to your class "Demons" by the emerging US rock band Imagine Dragons. This song may have a special meaning for you and your students, as it deals with the "inner demons" hidden inside everyone of us. After listening to the song and working on the worksheet, one interesting activity would be to watch the video clip together and discuss on personal fears, as suggested below. On the whole, the song's style is quite simple and you could plan it for beginners or pre-intermediate students. Level: beginner/pre-intermediate Grammar focus on: present simple Activity: fill-in the gaps (items provided) Demons Lyrics taken from: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/imaginedragons/demons.html Video:
Let's talk about: personal fears. 1) After listening to the song, give your personal definition of "inner demons". Then check out on Macmillan Dictionary. 2) Watch the video clip and ask your students: what are the inner demons of the five fans who are enjoying the concert? 3)Work in pairs and list 3 things you are afraid of (please don't focus on personal tragedies, especially if you know that some of your students don't mean to talk about!). The purpose of this activity is to reuse some of the expressions learnt during the listening and possibly share personal experiences, in order to improve their self-esteem and mutual understanding, too.
We're back again with the second single taken from U2's upcoming album, i.e."Invisible", where a young Bono tells about his decision to leave home and move to London, to start a career with his band. This song is also popular, because it supports the RED campaign along with Bank of America against AIDS (if you want to read more, please go to: http://www.red.org/en/bankofamerica). You can easily go in for "Invisible" with your class, if you're planning a lesson on the use of personal/possessive adjectives and pronouns. Level: pre-intermediate Grammar focus on: personal/possessive adjectives and pronouns Activity: circle the right option Invisible Lyrics taken from: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/u/u2/invisible_21076297.html
Let's talk about: loneliness and hope. Have you ever felt like invisible among the others?
Today it's the last day to vote for the best blog and the best website about the English Language in 2013!As you probably already know, Macmillan Dictionary Love English Awards is not only a competition, where you can nominate your favourite website or blog to learn English, but it is also a worldwide "come-on" for English language specialists as bloggers and editors. Furthermore, and that's our case, the list of all the nominations acts as a spur to update and to improve our skills, too. As you will see, many of these blogs and websites will soon be bookmarked among our useful blogs/tools.
Our votes went to:
English with a Twist by Shanthi Cumaraswamy Streat as best blog, because it is an excellent compendium of useful tips in the fields of vocabulary (we love especially all the posts related to idioms), literature (with lovely quotes about some classic writers) and infographics (with practical rules for our students). What's more, the blog is well anchored to social media, having for example a Facebook page and a newsletter, so as to be easily and regularly updated about Shanthi' s work.
BBC Learning English by BBC as best website. Although widely renown and with a long history (this year it's 70 years old), BBC Learning English is still nowadays the essential handbook for English language learners. In our opinion, the large amount of sections offered, ranging from today's English, newspapers' language, colloquial English, business English, up to the online soap operas, are its strong point. It gives us the idea that it always provides you with fresh materials in a simple and direct style.
And now, what about you? Have you already voted? Which are your best blogs and websites? We're eager for your preferences as well as for the Macmillan Love English Awards 2013 winners!!!
taken from http://www.macmillandictionary.com/love-english-awards/
Today's hit, "Hey Brother", is a very popular dance song, backed by a quite interesting video, that explores the themes of friendship and war. Therefore, in presenting this song to your students, we suggest that you would consider to exploit it as a starting point for discussing relevant topics, such as intimate relations, the loss of dear ones, the feelings of separation, the experience of war, etc. etc.
Grammar focus on: prepositions (mainly phrasal verbs)
Activity: fill-in the gaps (prepositions provided)
Today we're going to write about a song, "Same Love" by Macklemore&Ryan Lewis, that is a marvelous feat of courage and strength for equal rights. It is indeed a special contribution to the 2012 campaign supporting the "Washington Referendum 74" but also a stance against hip hop's widespread homophobic prejudices.
Before submitting your class to any listening activity, we would suggest that you should let its video clip play. As you will see, in fact, it is the highly affecting account of a man, his falling in love with a person of the same sex and their love story up to the moment of their old age. We know that in many countries this topic may still cause contrasting reactions but we are of the opinion that dealing with aspects related to gender orientation and sexual identity may open the door for opposing dramatic phenomena, such as discrimination and bullying in education, as well as raising awareness of individual choices and respect towards different ones.
Level: upper intermediate
Focus on: vocabulary
Activity: show the video clip of the song without listening to the music and ask your students to describe what they have just watched. Focus on their personal feelings, as our listening activity is centred on words related to discrimination. Students will fill in the song with the missing words (provided in advance) and later on they will be guided to reflect on the topic of "diversity".
Some weeks ago we read that BBC ranked fifth the young George Ezra among the best emerging artists for BBCSound of...2014 (as you can read here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25590684) and now that his song, "Budapest", is being on air in different countries, we'd like to put some suggestions forward as lesson plans.
Lyrics taken from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/g/george_ezra/budapest.html Video:
Tips for teachers: with the help of this chart on http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/common-misspellings, you can produce other similar exercises on misspellings for your class. Let's talk about: travels and cities with a special place in our heart.1) List 5 cities you've visited; 2) List 3 of your best favourite places; 3)Are there places/cities that have a special meaning for you?If so, explain why.