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As a matter of fact I had forgotten this song until I listened to it again at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics and for a while I kept hearing it in my mind and then I realized I can use it in the class as well.
When I listened to it again, it took me back to the happy memories of my childhood which was spent in a small three-storey house. We were a big family then. My grandparents used to live with us and I have a sister and a brother. That house is still vivid in my dreams. I thought the song will be a great lesson to revise
- present continuous
- past tense / used to (to talk about past habits)
- describing houses
You can find the lyrics here
I prepared a lesson for my B2 students as a warm up activity for a unit that we would deal with places we lived.
I told my students they would listen to a song twice and answer the following questions
- Which day is it?
- Where is the house?
- What are the people doing in the house?
- What kind of a house is that?
- Does the singer have happy memories in the house?
Then I gave them the worksheets I prepared and told them to listen to the song carefully and correct the mistakes. ( but you can also prepare be a gap fill exercise or jumble the lyrics and tell them to put the lyrics into the correct order.
As a follow up, I asked my students to write how they spend Sundays. They wrote them on post-it notes and we put all the notes on a poster with a house picture on it. As homework, I wanted them to create a glogster to summarize the song.
You can see my students’ glogs here