Showing posts with label will. Show all posts
Showing posts with label will. Show all posts

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Katy Perry- "Unconditionally"

We often select Katy Perry's lyrics, as they're highly motivating for our students, being easily accessible and catchy and her last "Unconditionally" is no exception at all. Our activity today is conceived as a brainstorming activity, that allows our students to elicit their previous knowledge and prepare them to check if their predictions were right.

Level: beginner/ pre-intermediate

Grammar focus on: idiomatic expressions, phrases

Activity: before listening, circle the right option. Listen the song once (this time without text) and then listen it again and check against.


Lyrics taken from: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/katyperry/unconditionally.html

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Let's talk about: 1) do you believe in eternal love?; 2) Do you like love songs?; 3) Have you ever dedicated a love song to someone?

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Imany- "You will never know"

What is the shape of a broken heart like? No one can tell it. However starting from the album of an other promising cosmopolitan singer, Imany, today we are going to listen to her "You will never know". The simple language of this song makes it ideal for ESL beginners.

Level: beginner

Grammar focus on: would/will

Activity: fill-in the gaps (no items provided)

You will never know 

Lyrics taken from: http://www.lyricsmania.com/you_will_never_know_lyrics_imany.html

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Monday, 9 July 2012

Muse- "Survival"

How could I resist to dealing with the Olympic Games just around the corner? So that's the reason why today we are going to listen to Muse's anthem, "Survival". Written by Matthew Bellamy as official song for the London 2012 Olympics, it is going to reach your ears quickly, as it will be broadcast  every time  the athletes enter the stadium before the medal ceremonies and while the international journalists will be reporting the sport events (Wikipedia explains it very well).
 In my opinion this song is simply gorgeous: the more you will listen to it, the more you will love it!

Level: beginner

Grammar focus on: phrasal verbs, idiomatic expressions


Activity:  fill-in-the gap (pool of items provided)

Survival

Lyrics taken from: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/m/muse/survival_21025228.html

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"Survival" was premiered last 27th June on BBC Radio 1 followed by  Zane Lowe's  interview to Muse available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOFDYWGzRwI

Linguistic aspects: to start with, a race is a competition. You can take your vengeance when someone who has previously tried to harm you or your family becomes finally punished or you wish he/she had become.

You pull someone ahead when you do something well or better than him/her.
Generally you keep up with someone or , as Muse say,  you keep up the pace with somebody  when you move at the same speed as him/her or, more figuratively, when you learn or make headway at his/her speed.

To end with, it is interesting to focus on I will light the fuse, an expression hat originally refers to the electrical practice to let a string burn slowly before exploding. In the journalistic writing it is used metaphorically every time a dangerous or angry situation is getting worse, however in these lyrics I guess it means simply that you really want to succeed and make all the difference to the other competitors.

Of course I wouldn't get out without posting the link to the extraordinary official London 2012 website: http://www.london2012.com/. Please don't miss the "What's on" section (which I am sure will delight those among you who don't care about sport at all)!










Friday, 22 June 2012

Emeli Sandé- "My kind of love"

As you already know, I always post the youtube videos that go together with my lyrics but I seldom comment on them. This time I am going to make an exception, since "My kind of love"  explores a rather delicate feeling, i.e. taking care of a friend who suffers from cancer. I particularly value these videos that go beyond the simple cliché-ridden happy romantic love affair and I hope you share my enthusiasm in proposing committed and sensitive artists like Emeli Sandé, a true raising star of international music.


Level: intermediate


Grammar focus on: prepositions (place prepositions + phrasal verbs)


Activity: My kind of love

Lyrics taken from: http://www.directlyrics.com/emeli-sande-my-kind-of-love-lyrics.html


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Linguistic aspects: commonly  you promise sb. the Earth/ the moon  when you say  that you will do much greater things than you will ever be able to achieve (http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/promise-sb-the-earth-moon?q=promise+earth#promise-sb-the-earth-moon__1), but in the lyrics you find  promise sb. the stars. 


In addition to this, you hear that  sb. keeps one's heart protected, far away from his/her sleeve, meaning the opposite of wearing/having your heart on your sleeve, i.e. you make your feelings obvious to other people (http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/heart#wear-have-your-heart-on-your-sleeve)


To conclude "Don't ever question if..."  is a strong recommendation that warns your addressee not to have or express doubts about st. you are saying or feeling.



Monday, 18 June 2012

Alanis Morissette- "Guardian"

It's always a great pleasure to me whenever I can propose artists, whose lyrics have inspired me so much throughout my life. This time we are working on "Guardian", a lovely song by one of my favorite singers, Alanis Morissette. This song is interesting not only for its grammar content, but also for its vocabulary that offers me the opportunity to launch a new section of my blog, i.e. Linguistic Aspects. Here you will find some explanations about the new words, idioms and synonyms/contraries introduced by the lyrics. I am sure you will enjoy it!

Level: intermediate/ upper intermediate

Grammar focus on: interrogative pronouns, relative pronouns

Activity: fill- in- the gap exercise (no pool of clues suggested)

Guardian

Lyrics taken from: //www.directlyrics.com/alanis-morissette-guardian-lyrics.html


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Linguistic aspects: The comparison as solid as a fog is not mentioned anywhere. You know perhaps as solid as a rock , but in the lyrics it has the meaning of confusing, difficult to understand (look up at FOG in http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/fog). 


The adjective crestfall may stand for crestfallen, i.e. sad and disappointed. 


Equal meaning for on call, on demand in the sense of on request.
To conclude, the song introduces three words with almost similar meanings, but be careful:

  • a watchman/watchwoman (especially night watchman) guards a building especially at night;
  • a guardian is a person or organisation that protects something or someone (e.g. guardian angel) or someone who looks after children with no parents;
  • a warden is a person who checks that the rules of a precise building are respected (the head of a school, college or prison, etc.).

Sunday, 10 June 2012

John Legend- "Tonight"

Colloquial language plays an important role in lyrics and quite common students get familiar faster with forms, like ain't, gotta, wanna, rather than those of plain standard English. It's part of the dilemma of many ESL teachers: shall I teach informal English or let my students find out on their own?Nice question, let me know what you usually do!

Level: intermediate

Grammar focus on: colloquial English


Activity:  Tonight


Lyrics taken from: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1L-di1hVV_T9d2fDTSxTwJFdxGCpXJoztoFTInBRlVcE/edit?pli=1


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Thursday, 26 April 2012

Lisa Hannigan- "What I' ll do"

"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.

Level: preintermedaite

Grammar focus on: vocabulary and spelling

Activity: What I'll do

Lyrics taken from: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/lisahannigan/whatllido.html

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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" :




To get more information about Oxfam's and Aware's mission, go to http://www.oxfam.org/  and http://www.aware.ie/

Friday, 23 March 2012

Fun- "We Are Young"

This song  inspires many activities on grammar: in fact you can listen to it if you want to study the comparative, the imperative, the present perfect, the -ing form etc. I am focusing on the study of prepositions, as many of you already know that phrasal verbs are a thorn in students' flesh :-((

Level: pre-intermediate

Grammar focus on: prepositions

We Are Young

Activity taken from: http://testimusica.myblog.it/archive/2012/03/13/we-are-young-fun-janelle-monae-traduzione-testo-video.html

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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: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/b/bruce+springsteen/we+take+care+of+our+own_20999721.html

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Cultural hints: Read more about Springsteen's activism on
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/10/04/60minutes/main3330463.shtml

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Emili Sande - "Next to Me"

Ok, this singer is totally unknown to me, but her hit is absolutely fantastic! It goes without saying that "Next to Me" is appropriate to revise "will" but in this case, instead, I am focusing  on the study of prepositions. Enjoy it!

Level: pre-intermediate

Grammar focus on: prepositions

Nex to Me

Lyrics taken from: http://www.elyrics.net/read/e/emeli-sande-lyrics/next-to-me-lyrics.html

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Sunday, 5 February 2012

Amy Winehouse- "Our Day Will Come"

"Our Day Will Come": a tribute to one of the greatest voices in the history of blues, "the lioness" Mrs Amy Winehouse.

Level: beginner

Grammar focus on: will + verb

Activity: Fill in the gaps (no pool)

Our Day Will Come

Lyrics taken from: http://www.musickr.it/amy-winehouse-our-day-will-come-audio-testo-traduzione/

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Cultural references: if you want to test your English with a more difficult text, read the prophetc article, "The Next Tragic Talent?" : http://www.observer.com/2007/amy-winehouse-next-tragic-talent