Showing posts with label present perfect continuous. Show all posts
Showing posts with label present perfect continuous. Show all posts

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Liam Payne &Rita Ora- "For You"

"For You" is a hit with a catching refrain, no matter if your students love this kind of music or not, I'm pretty confident that they will learn it immediately and they will even sing it on their own for the whole day. This song may be adapted for the various level of your classes, starting from the revision of the-ing form of verbs- as in this case- or practicing on present continuous, up to the different uses of the continuous form in grammar. The choice is yours!

Level: pre-intermediate

Grammar focus on: the -ing form

Activity: put the verbs given between bracket at the -ing form

Lyrics taken from: AZ lyrics

Monday, 29 October 2012

The Lumineers- "Ho Hey"

Listen to this song only once and it won't get out of your head anymore!The Lumineers are an innovative US band promoting a simple style (see for instance The_Lumineers) that is "simply" catchy!

Level: beginner

Grammar focus on: present perfect continuous

Activity: put the verbs into the correct form of present perfect continuous

Ho Hey

Lyrics taken from:


Note for teachers:
  • if you are looking for an activity involving physically your class, you can form groups and ask them to rehearse the video of the song on their own using a video camera. They can as well add the lyrics (through karaoke or bubbles, etc.).
  • An other interesting activity is to start your lesson from Bing's commercial so as to elicit the song's theme:

Linguistic aspects:  let's start from the places listed in the song. Chinatown is a famous district in New York. Here you can find the Canal and Bowery thoroughfare mentioned in the lyrics, i.e. a special place for those lovers who want to buy engagement rings, etc. (see
And now let's pass and finish with two verbs used in an unusual way:
  • to bleed out means to bleed to death. So if you bleed out, you are going to die of exsanguination (for this medical term see
  • To belong to expresses possession, but in this song you will listen to the sentence: "You belong with me", a romantic way to say that "You can go together with me" or  "You are right for me".

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Bruce Springsteen- "We Take Care Of Our Own"

The Boss is back with a new verve as well as a new anger expressed in his "We Take Care Of Our Own"!

Level: upper intermediate

Grammar focus on: vocabulary

We Take Care Of Our Own

Lyrics taken from:

Cultural hints: Read more about Springsteen's activism on

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Planet Funk- "These Boots Are Made for Walkin' "

This song is a classic: from time to time it is rediscovered, remixed and partially renewed. For this reason you can't miss it! If you want, you can listen to it and work on present perfect continuos, contractions, colloquial English. Today we are simply focusing on verbs with -ing form.

Level: intermediate

Grammar focus on: -ing form

These Shoes Are Made For Walkin' .

Lyrics taken from:


Cultural hint: Do you know that this song was sung by Nancy Sinatra for US servicemen during the war in Vietnam?
 It also inspired Kubrick ....learn more at