Showing posts with label phrases. Show all posts
Showing posts with label phrases. Show all posts

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Henry Ozark- "I'm Your Sacrifice"

Today's song, "I'm Your Sacrifice" by the Belgian artist Ozark Henry, is absolutely perfect if you're planning a lesson plan on phrases. In particular, it would be advisable to propose activities like the following one, in case your students are going to study for Cambridge examinations (especially FCE and CAE). 

Level: intermediate/upper intermediate

Grammar focus on: phrases

Activity: circle the right option. In this case, we would suggest that you should give this worksheet before listening to the lyrics, so as to activate students' previous knowledge and to stimulate predicting process skills, too.

Lyrics taken from:


Let's talk about: happy and sad love affairs. The following topics may be associated to "I'm Your Sacrifice": 1) Have you ever been in love?; 2)Have you ever experienced a sad or painful love story?;3) What would you suggest to one of your friends who is suffering a lot?

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:


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, 8 January 2014

Pharrell Williams- "Happy"

In dealing with an emotional state- like happiness is- in his song "Happy", the US singer Pharrell Williams makes use of many phrases, which can help young students to learn or otherwise to describe their feelings. Hence our decision to focus our attention on phrasal verbs and phrases that lift our spirits for good!

Level: beginner/pre-intermediate

Grammar focus on: phrasal verbs/ phrases

Activity: fill in the gap exercise (items provided)


Speaking activities: 1) List five things (food, activities, films, etc.) that usually lift your spirits. 2) Have you ever felt like hitting the floor?If so, when? 3) What would you suggest to one of your friends if he/she is in low spirits?

Tips for teachers: this song is great to practice synonyms about emotional states. Therefore, you could introduce today's song with flashcards, showing different types of emoticons and then ask your students to describe them to the class. You could also reinforce your students' vocabulary skills, simply by writing down synonyms of some phrases that your students can find in the lyrics. Then ask them to match your items with the corresponding ones in the lyrics. 

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Caro Emerald- "Tangled Up"

Jazz and swing notes are clearly "tangled up" in today's song. Caro Emerald is a Dutch singer and her hit "Tangled Up" just gives a taste of what her second album "The Shocking Miss Emerald" (released last 3 May) look like. Let's put our thumbs up then for the success of this young talent!

Level: pre-intermediate

Grammar focus on: compound forms (phrases and phrasal verbs).

Activity: reorder the words given between brackets

Tangled Up

Lyrics taken from:


Tips for teachers: after the listening activity, why don't you ask your students to form small groups and look up in the dictionary for the compound forms met?Subsequently they can write down all the synonyms found by their peers.

Linguistic aspects: in reading the lyrics I run into the phrase "playing with your string" which I suppose should have a special meaning here. I meant it as it would say "taking things too far with you", but honestly I am not so positive about it. Therefore any suggestion will be greatly appreciated from you!

Today I end this post with the verb "to lance" meaning "to affect someone strongly and immediately"