Showing posts with label homophones. Show all posts
Showing posts with label homophones. Show all posts

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

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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? 









Friday, 10 January 2014

James Blunt- "Heart to Heart"

An other single from James Blunt's album "Bonfire Heart" today in our blog: "Heart to Heart". Basically, a "heart-to- heart" is a private conversation between two people about their feelings, but in this song it becomes an important personal declaration of loyalty in friendship as well as in love. For us it cues for a hip fast activity that you can do with your students to distinguish homophones.

Level: beginner

Grammar focus on: homophones

Activity: circle the right option (odd man out)



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Speaking activities: 1) have you ever written a love letter?; 2) Have you ever done something exceptional for a special friend?; 3) List 5 qualities that a special friend (or boyfriend/girlfriend) should have.

Tips for teachers: give today's worsheet to your students before listening to the song and ask them to circle the right words (given in italics). Later they will check if their predictions were right.




Friday, 3 January 2014

U2- "Ordinary Love"

As the world is still mourning for Mandela's death and our hearts go out to his memory, we would like to begin this new year with the marvellous "Ordinary Love", written by U2. This song was in fact written by the Irish band last year in honour of Madiba and it's part of the biography film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom". It is based on Mandela's love letters written to his wife, while he was still imprisoned and it's quite touchy and delicate at the same time.

Level: pre-intermediate

Grammar focus on: homophones

Activity: circle the right option.We recommend that you should first listen to the song, without watching the video, because it contains all the lyrics (therefore you could watch it instead to correct your listening activity).



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Linguistic aspects: to have someone on your sleeve means to plan something secret in order to surprise someone who is close to your heart.

Vocabulary: all the song is rich in love expressions. You can discuss about: a) love letters. Have you ever received a love letter? Did you like it? If so, why?; b) Do you consider street art a form of art?; c) What do you know about Mandela's biography?

Tips for teachers: you can arouse your students' motivation, by asking them if they know who is the person portrayed in the very last part of the song on the mural and the name of the artist who painted it. The answer can be easily found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordinary_Love_(U2_song) and your students can be afterwards invited to find other works made by the Irish artist Oliver Jeffers.


Wednesday, 9 October 2013

James Blunt- "Bonfire Heart"

Today I was thinking that many times homophones can give EFL learners nasty surprises (such as I/eye, die/dye, etc) and, indeed, only if they know the context they're dealing with, they can have a sudden revelation of these words' ambiguity. For this reason, I decided to work on homophones appearing in "Bonfire Heart" by James Blunt. I label today's worksheet as a useful way to improve students' vocabulary and discriminate words with similar sounds, but I recommend proposing it to learners with at least a pre-intermediate level.

Level: pre-intermediate

Grammar focus on: homophones, vocabulary

Activity: circle the right word



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