Friday, 27 April 2012

Rebecca Ferguson- "Glitter & Gold"

An interesting question to ask is: "What lies behind the title of this song?". At first you may think it's the usual song dedicated to women's beauty, but it isn't. It contains a subtle recommendation: never forget where you are from and whom you grew up with!

Level: intermediate

Grammar focus on: prepositions, phrasal verbs

Activity: Glitter & Gold

Lyrics taken from: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/rebeccaferguson/glittergold.html

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Cultural hint: like may other fresh singers, even Rebecca Ferguson joined in the UK version of  "X- Factor" and she went through two different auditions before being admitted! Eventually in 2011 she was one of the two finalists of the talent show but, unfortunately, she didn't win the competition! As you can read in this interview she didn't want to play on the sob-story of  her modest childhood: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/local-news/2010/11/25/exclusive-x-factor-finalist-rebecca-ferguson-s-family-on-the-childhood-that-encouraged-her-to-become-a-star-100252-27711765/2/

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Lisa Hannigan- "What I' ll do"

"What I 'll do " is the latest success of a talented and sensitive Irish promise, Lisa Hannigan, who has also campaigned for Oxfam International and Aware. In this lyric she explores the theme of separation from someone beloved.

Level: preintermedaite

Grammar focus on: vocabulary and spelling

Activity: What I'll do

Lyrics taken from: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/lisahannigan/whatllido.html

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Cultural hints: If you want to know more about Lisa Hannigan's social commitment read about Oxfam's Make Trade Fair (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Make_Trade_Fair) and watch her performance  at  the "Festival of World Cultures 2008" :




To get more information about Oxfam's and Aware's mission, go to http://www.oxfam.org/  and http://www.aware.ie/

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Train- "Drive By"

The vocabulary of lyrics often offers many new words: "drive-by" is an example. You may look up dictionaries and you do not find it, you can only guess the meaning. For this reason, I have decided to work on two different aspects of Train's "Drive By": firstly, on adjectives and, secondly, on new English words.

Level: pre-intermediate

Grammar focus on: adjectives, new words

Activity: Drive By

Lyrics taken from: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/train/driveby.html

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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Michael Kiwanuka- "Home Again"

Today's song is a delicate masterpiece of soul music and I believe that this young British singer will become famous very soon all over the world.

Level: beginner

Grammar focus on: present simple/ will

Activity: Home Again

Lyrics taken from: http://www.lyricsreg.com/lyrics/michael+kiwanuka/Home+Again/

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Cultural hint:  you can read Michael Kiwanuka' s biography at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-13694904

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Ed Sheeran- "Lego House"

Back again with a rather intimate song that helps me to deal with a delicate topic of English grammar for many students, i.e. the different use of will, present continuous and to be going to .

Level: intermediate

Focus on: will/ present continuos/ to be going to

Activity: Lego House

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

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Simple Plan- "Summer Paradise"

Are you still thinking of an old summer flirt?This song is perfect for you, then!Focusing on words related to summer holidays I have decided to work on vocabulary implementation for two reasons: fistly, you learn new words and secondly, you learn how to discriminate between different sounds according to your context. Ready to go?

Level: intermediate

Focus on: words about holidays

Summer Paradise

Lyrics taken from: http://www.metrolyrics.com/summer-paradise-lyrics-simple-plan.html#ixzz1rxUgVadP

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Monday, 9 April 2012

Adele- "Rumour Has It"

Here's a song from one of the most talented contemporary singers that I hope you will appreciate as much as I do. Today we are working on contracted forms, just to get more familiar with colloquial English.

Level: intermediate/ upperintermediate

Grammar focus on: contracted forms

Rumour Has It

Lyrics taken from: http://www.deejay.it/dj/lyrics/artist/adele/21/testo-rumour-has-it/738687

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Gotye- "Somebody that I used to know"

The first time I listened to this song I believed it was being sung by Sting or Peter Gabriel, but much to my surprise I found out this is an extract taken from the third album of a promising Belgian- Australian songwriter, Gotye. This song is becoming a major hit in Italy and nowdays it is always on air.

Level: preintermediate

Grammar focus on: simple past (affirmative and negative form)

Somebody that I used to know

Lyrics taken from: http://testimusica.myblog.it/archive/2011/09/13/somebody-that-i-used-to-know-gotye-video-traduzione-testo.html

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