Showing posts with label would. Show all posts
Showing posts with label would. Show all posts

Friday, 18 April 2014

American Authors- "Best Day of My Life"

As soon as you listen to this song, you will find it extremely familiar and that's why it has been chosen as soundtrack for many important events, as suggested by Metrolyrics  and Wikipedia. You can use "Best Day of My Life" for any class, no matter your students' level or age, because it can be easily fitted to your needs. In this case I'm putting forward a quick lesson plan on idiomatic expressions and phrasal verbs, too, but you could think of other possibilities, as well!

Level: pre-intermediate 

Grammar focus on: idioms & phrasal verbs

Activity: circle the right option

Lyrics taken from:


Let's talk about: positive feelings and sensations. 1) Can you remember the best day of your life? 2)How would you imagine the best day of your life? 

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:


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. 

Thursday, 30 January 2014

George Ezra- "Budapest"

Some weeks ago we read that BBC ranked fifth the young George Ezra among the best emerging artists for BBC Sound of...2014 (as you can read here: and now that his song, "Budapest", is being on air in different countries, we'd like to put some suggestions forward  as lesson plans.

Level: pre-intermediate

Grammar focus on: misspelling

Activity: correct the mistakes


Lyrics taken from:


Tips for teachers: with the help of this chart on, you can produce other similar exercises on misspellings for your class.

Let's talk about: travels and cities with a special place in our heart.1) List 5 cities you've visited; 2) List 3 of your best favourite places; 3)Are there places/cities that have a special meaning for you?If so, explain why.

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:


Sunday, 10 March 2013

Michael Bublé- "It's a Beautiful Day"

Who said that breaking up is only a painful experience? In "It's a Beautiful Day" Michael Bublé tells us how much relieved one can feel once his/her love story is eventually over, so happy listening to every "broken heart"!

Level: pre-intermediate

Grammar focus on: phrasal verbs

Activity: listening with fill in the gaps (prepositions)

It's a Beautiful Day

Lyrics taken from: Direct Lyrics


Tips for teachers:  as a warm-up activity, you can write down on the class board a list of synomys of the phrasal verbs presented by the song and ask your students to make predictions.

Linguistic aspects: this song describes personal feelings in a very detailed way. For instance, you hold your breath when you see something unexpected in front of you and you are taken by surprise but you have to control yourself

Futher, an other metaphor is used in saying that you tear the seam of someone's dream, i.e.  you want to destroy someone's desire. Let's examine the original meaning of the word: in origin a seam is a line where two pieces of fabric are sewn together but once it is removed,  the two pieces are no longer joined and that piece of fabric is inevitably torn. The noun is also used in the expression bursting/ bulging at the seams meaning a place full of people or objects.

Then you come up with a specific line or  you come up with the goods when you do exactly what you promised to do or what people expect you to do. Similarly you get/come/ fall into line with everytime you agree with or you adjust to a precise idea or concept.

If you cage someone you keep that person in prison. Here is an example of a  verb deriving from a noun: the cage is a container made of wire or metal bars  used for  birds. In colloquial language a caged bird is someone imprisoned.

As for the statements used to introduce an evidence, you can say: "There's no denying that..." when you want to say that "it is clear that../ there is no doubt that/ it goes without saying that...".

Finally,  after breaking up with someone you can feel refreshed again if you take up or start a new hobby, like going to the gym, a new habit, like going to the cinema, or a new job.