Showing posts with label if- clauses. Show all posts
Showing posts with label if- clauses. Show all posts

Friday, 14 March 2014

Clean Bandit (feat. Jess Glynne)- "Rather Be"

On listening "Rather Be" by the British band Clean Bandit for the first time, we had no doubt: this song is exceptional and it gives you lots of energy, too. What's more, considering just some of its phrases, such as "switch up your batteries" and "stake out", we decided to add an extra section from this week on: it will be entitled "Memorable phrases" and it will collect some of the best idiomatic expressions and phrasal verbs that are noteworthy for you and your students, too. Equally important for us is the fact that today we're writing our post #100 and we're thankful to all those who still support and bookmark Sing Along With It! among the handy ESL resources around the web!

Level: pre-intermediate

Grammar focus on: would

Activity: circle the right option


Lyrics taken from: http://www.metrolyrics.com/rather-be-lyrics-clean-bandit.html

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Let's talk about: the video clip of the song. Watch the girl's daily routine and write down a list of the activities she does. Compare your list with your classmates' one. 

Memorable phrases: 

a) Switch up your batteries! or also Recharge your batteries! means "to get more energy";

b) to stake out means 1) to mark an area with fences; 2) to wait outside a building and keep it under surveillance; 3) to defend or to firmly believe in something. 




Sunday, 9 February 2014

Avicii- "Hey Brother"

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.

Level: pre-intermediate

Grammar focus on: prepositions (mainly phrasal verbs)

Activity: fill-in the gaps (prepositions provided)


Lyrics taken from: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/avicii/brothersister.html

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Let's talk about affections: 1)do you have a best friend?; 2)what are your favorite games when you play with your friends?; 3) have you ever lost someone you were fond of?If so, when? Why?



Saturday, 11 February 2012

Bruno Mars- "It Will Rain"

A quite tear-jerker song today: "It Will Rain", which, I'm quite sure, will drive young girls mad, owing to its connection with the "Twilight" saga. I hope you enjoy it:-)

Level: preintermediate

Grammar focus on: verb tense in if-clauses

Activity: It Will Rain

Lyrics taken from: http://www.directlyrics.com/bruno-mars-it-will-rain-lyrics.html

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