The lyrics I have gone for today needs no presentation: I bet that your students already sing it and girls are simply crazy about Justin Bieber, i.e. the singer. The type of language is also basic and some lines are repeated more than two or three times, too. Therefore I thought to use it to reinforce students'skills about grammar as well as pronunciation.
An other love song, although quite sad, as it talks about an irreparable goodbye, is used here to reinforce ESL/EFL students' vocabulary. "Let Her Go" is the song written and performed by the UK artist Mark David Rosenberg, better known as "Passenger", a musician with a rather interesting biography. If you want to know more about him, insert his name on Wikipedia or google him.
Level: intermediate- upper intermediate
Focus on: spelling and writing
Activity: in the text provided there are 10 mistakes. Find them and rewrite the correct words ansìd then check against.
Lyrics taken from: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/passenger/lethergo.html
Tips for teachers: give the worksheet to your class, before listening to the song and ask it to try and correct possible mistakes. After the listening activity, verify if their predictions were right.
Let's talk about: 1) Have you ever said goodbye to someone? 1) List 5 expressions you shouldn't say to someone you're breaking up with; 3) Find 5 adjectives that describe your feelings when your love story reaches the end of the line.
"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.
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" :