Showing posts with label ordinal numbers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ordinal numbers. Show all posts

Monday, 4 November 2013

San Cisco- "Rocket Ship"

The first time I watched "Rocket Ship" video by the Australian band San Cisco, I immediately thought this song could be perfect to improve students' speaking abilities. Firstly, it is centred on friendship and fun. Secondly, in watching the video students are led to amuse themselves. Thirdly, it is a good starting point to ask students to talk about some of the following aspects: bravado acts, bragging as well as their most favourite leisure activities.
In my opinion, you can plan a very simple lesson and propose it to students at any age or linguistic level.
 
Level: any
 
Grammar focus on: verbs
 
Activities for a basic lesson plan:
 
  1. brainstorming on the meaning of the title words of the lyrics;
  2.  watch the video;
  3.  write down at least five activities that young people doing in this video are enjoying ;
  4.  ask your students to recollect funny activities that they have shared with their peers as pair work;
  5. listen to the song;
  6. reorder the words given in scrambled order;
  7. correct the exercise.
 
Later on, as follow-up activity, I would suggest to divide your class in small groups and collect pictures of their funniest moments as class (i.e. trips, after-school activities. creative projects, etc.).
After that, they can create a poster and write under each picture precise captions or brief descriptions of what they were doing there.
As a result, they won't simply enjoy themselves sharing opinions and comments but they will also improve their group identity as class and cooperation, too.
 
 
Listening activity to download: Rocket Ship
 
 
Video:
 
 
 

Sunday, 16 December 2012

The Script- "Six Degrees of Separation"

As many psychological studies report, everyone of us is connected to anyone else by six degrees of separation. Incidentally, I came to know it by listening to The Scripts' "Six Degrees of Separation", where after the end of a relationship, it is said that one goes through six degrees of separation from his/ her former partner. I hope you will love this song, like I do, because it explores the theme of separation with a great variety of expressions, tones and feelings that are those normally involved in such difficult situations by common people!

Level:  pre-intermediate

Grammar focus on: vocabulary


Activity: scrambled syllables to put in order

Six Degrees of Separation

Lyrics taken from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/t/the_script/six_degrees_of_separation.html

Video:



Linguistic aspects: when do you take a toke?You take a toke or you toke on, when you pull on a cigarette, made of cannabis or tobacco. 

You can heal your soul, if you try to make your sorrow less painful.When a relationship is over, you feel that it goes up in smoke. Literally, it means that a place or an object is destroyed by fire, but if related to a plan, it comes to nothing. Ex. I wanted to leave early for Rome, but getting up at 10 a.m. it went up in smoke.
When you break up with someone, you can feel the world splits down the middle or collapse/ break down.
Additionally you find/achieve/bring closure, i.e. you understand that something unpleasant has come to an end. 
How can you react to it?You can fake a smileor smile in a false way, but in the end you have to fix yourself, that is to say that you need to make arrangements and organize your life back again.
Who can help you in this process? The Script mention tarot cards, gems and stones because they can predict your future, but only, I would add, if you really believe in magic powers...