Showing posts with label imperative. Show all posts
Showing posts with label imperative. Show all posts

Friday, 9 October 2015

Pharrell Williams- "Freedom"

I have taken an instant liking to "Freedom" by Pharell Williams, because it is a vibrant defense of personal rights and I'm positive that also young learners will agree with me! Seeing that the language is quite simple, it is absolutely proper for ESL beginners.

Level: beginner

Grammar focus on: present simple/ imperative

Activity: fill in the gaps exercise (items provided) 


Sunday, 2 March 2014

Imagine Dragons- "Demons"

Straight from Billboard Hot 100, we'd like to introduce to your class "Demons" by the emerging US rock band Imagine Dragons. This song may have a special meaning for you and your students, as it deals with the "inner demons" hidden inside everyone of us. After listening to the song and working on the worksheet, one interesting activity would be to watch the video clip together and discuss on personal fears, as suggested below. 
On the whole, the song's style is quite simple and you could plan it for beginners or pre-intermediate students.

Level: beginner/pre-intermediate

Grammar focus on: present simple

Activity: fill-in the gaps (items provided)


Lyrics taken from:


Let's talk about: personal fears. 1) After listening to the song, give your personal definition of "inner demons". Then check out on Macmillan Dictionary2) Watch the video clip and ask your students: what are the inner demons of the five fans who are enjoying the concert? 3)Work in pairs and list 3 things you are afraid of (please don't focus on personal tragedies, especially if you know that some of your students don't mean to talk about!). The purpose of this activity is to reuse some of the expressions learnt during the listening and possibly share personal experiences, in order to improve their self-esteem and mutual understanding, too.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Rihanna- "Diamonds"

The song that I'm going to talk about today is "Diamonds" by Rihanna. Namely I can assure you that it can wink at many teenagers, who have just started to study English, especially if they want to practice the basic rules of the English grammar. In fact, the song is quite simple, except for one expression, which will be analysed in the section Linguistic Aspects.

Level: beginner

Grammar focus on: simple present, imperative

Activity: put the letters into the correct form


Lyrics taken from:


Linguistic aspects: as a very popular song once said, diamonds are a girl's best friends and here lots of  verbs and expressions are related to light, brightness and passion. To start with, diamonds shine, but if you say that a person or thing  shines through, it means that he/she or it is really rather noticeable.

As everyone knows, a shooting star is a meteoroid that, after entering the atmosphere, becomes visible and soon vanishes. This is a metaphor that can be also used to describe someone's fortune. When you talk about a TV star, for instance, and you compare him/her to a shooting star, you are expressing a negative comment on the fact that his/her success is doomed to fade away quite soon.

If you see eye to eye with someone, you agree with what he/she is thinking or saying.

Finally, in Rihanna' s song the expression "as we, moonshine and molly" has been widely discussed by many linguists in several forums or sites. Litelly in fact, the word moonshine means in US English not only "an illegal type of alcoholic drink" but also "a silly remark", whereas the word molly is an informal word that stands for the purest form of ecstasy. All in all, I guess that it implies "alcohol and drugs" in the broadest sense.

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: