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33rd ELT Blog Carnival, Using Songs and Music in Class

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Welcome to the 33rd ELT carnival. The theme is Using Music and Songs in EFL Classes and today I’m happy to introduce a wonderful album to you. If you are ready grab a cup of coffee (hot or cold), put the record on and enjoy …

Here we begin

SIDE 1

From Vicky Loras’s Blog by Vicky Loras

The Day Coldplay Came to Our Classroom

Vicky Loras
From Vicky Loras’s Blog by Vicky Loras
The Day Coldplay Came to Our Classroom

from Linguistic Consultancy by Marisa Pavan

A Song to Motivate Students to Speak

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from Linguistic Consultancy by Marisa Pavan
A Song to Motivate Students to Speak

From EFL Classroom 2.0 by Chris Hoade

The Chris Challenge 

The Chris Challenge
From EFL Classroom 2.0 by Chris Hoade
The Chris Challenge

From Wondering about ELT by Eduardo Siemens

Her Morning Elegance

wandering about ELT
From Wondering about ELT by Eduardo Siemens
Her Morning Elegance

From EFL Classroom 2.0 by David Deubelbeiss

Lesson in A Can #124 – Simply the Best

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From EFL Classroom 2.0 by David Deubelbeiss
Lesson in A Can #124 – Simply the Best

From Vicki Hollett’s Business English Teaching and Video by Vicki Hollett

A Business English Sing Along

Vicki Hollett

From A Journey in TEFL by Anna Musielak

Using Songs

Anna Musielak

 

From B’s Life with English by Baiba Svenka

Hollywood is dead or is it?

From B's Life with English by Baiba Svenka Hollywood is dead or is it?
From B’s Life with English by Baiba Svenka
Hollywood is dead or is it?

 

SIDE 2

From mELTing Activities by Carissa Peck

Opinion Paragraph with Lyrics

and a bonus Not another Cloze! How else to use songs in EFL classes

From mELTing Activities by Carissa Peck Opinion Paragraph with Lyrics
From mELTing Activities by Carissa Peck
Opinion Paragraph with Lyrics

 

From Fun & Creative ESL workshops for kids by Caroline Leahy

Director’s Chair Top 10

From Fun & Creative ESL workshops for kids by Caroline Leahy Director’s Chair Top 10
From Fun & Creative ESL workshops for kids by Caroline Leahy
Director’s Chair Top 10

 

From Songs to Teach by Sibel Taskin Simsek

Everything at Once – Lenka

and a bonus: Love Street – The Doors

 

From Songs to Teach by Sibel Taskin Simsek Everything at Once - Lenka
From Songs to Teach by Sibel Taskin Simsek
Everything at Once – Lenka

 

From A Journey in TEFL by Eva Buyuksimkesyan

Two Songs to Describe Two Ladies

 

From A Journey in TEFL by Eva Buyuksimkesyan Two Songs to Describe Two Ladies
From A Journey in TEFL by Eva Buyuksimkesyan
Two Songs to Describe Two Ladies

 

From Teach Them English by Adam Simpson

Why has it taken me so many years to use songs in my teaching?

 From Teach Them English by Adam Simpson Why has it taken me so many years to use songs in my teaching?
From Teach Them English by Adam Simpson
Why has it taken me so many years to use songs in my teaching?

 

From ELThq by Alex Barboza

Stronger: Song Activity To Teach Comparatives

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From ESL library. com by Shelly Terrell

20+ Activities and Resources for Teaching Language Through Song Lyrics

From ESL library. com by Shelly Terrell 20+ Activities and Resources for Teaching Language Through Song Lyrics
From ESL library. com by Shelly Terrell
20+ Activities and Resources for Teaching Language Through Song Lyrics 

From Merve Oflaz’s blog by Merve Oflaz

Give me some sunshine!

From Merve Oflaz's blog by Merve Oflaz Give me some sunshine!
From Merve Oflaz’s blog by Merve Oflaz
Give me some sunshine!

The 34th ELT Blog Carnival will be held here and the theme is pronunciation!

You can always revisit the previous carnivals to get inspiration for your lessons from The ELT Blog Carnival home page 

If you have a song lesson that you want to share with us, please leave a comment below 🙂

 

Posted in efl, From my PLN, fun, Guest Posts, lesson ideas, lesson plans, listening, music, PLN, songs, teaching

Using Songs by Anna Musielak

Part of the series From my PLN

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Music is everywhere, it surrounds us from the moment we are born – well even before that;) My father is a music lover so my earliest childhood memories revolve around singing, dancing and „making” my own music. I loved to record songs or my covers of rhymes;) I never had a  great voice but I was very passionate about singing (and listening to music). I was a very lively child and my mum said that when I listened to music those where the few moments I was”calmer” and let her work a bit;)

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I started learning English when I was quite young – my parents were my first teachers. And how did they do it? Through songs of course. Old Macdonald, Hokey Pokey, ABC and many more…When I was a teenager my father played The Beatles or The Rolling Stones to me, asking whether I can pick up and understand some words (he does it till this day, sometimes with very complicated lyrics;)). That is why, as a person who cannot imagine life without music and never leaves home without an Ipod, I think it is important to use songs in the ELT classroom. If we are passionate about something  – we should share it with our learners. I try to pass my love to music onto my daughter as well – she is four and loves singing:) And that is how I teach her English – through songs and chants:)

On my lessons I like to use songs that are not very well known because then the response seems to be „fresher” somehow . I mix the less common songs with the classic ones and I think that lessons with more than one song work best. Here is a lesson plan for young adults using three songs.

 

Level: FCE/CAE

The aim of this lesson was to talk about various types of love and relationship, as well as to focus on grammatical expressions talking about regrets and the past (wish/regret/modals in the past/would)

Apart from listening, grammar and vocabulary skills were also practised and the lesson continued with a writing project.

On this lesson I used three songs – each about a different kind of love such as motherly love, unrequited love or lost love. We started the lesson by looking at the word cloud made up of keywords from those three songs. Students were supposed to predict the content and discuss the themes in pairs or groups.

 

At that point students were presented with the lyrics of the first song – and here I decided to gap the text. They skimmed it and asked about words that were new. They tried to predict what music genre it was and who was singing this song. Later on, they listened and filled the gaps. After completing the task in groups, they checked their predictions and discussed the type of relationship/love presented. They decided what keywords conveyed the meaning and discussed the grammatical structures talking about the past and regrets.

 

The be good Tanyas  

Momsong

You said to yourself that we did not love you
All of the years didn’t mean nothing
You told yourself we would not forgive you
Mistakes that you made would keep us separated

Comin’ home hard day done
Comin’ home hard day done

Don’t you know it’s your laugh we laugh that
pulls us through
And the strength and the love that we carry
We got it from you

 

With the second song the task was similar but the lyrics were jumbled.  Again the students familiarized themselves with the text and tried to predict the music genre and main theme.

Lee DeWyze

 “A Song About Love”


I used to make you cry,
but I haven’t smiled since you left.
Can you undo ‘Goodbye’,
its a word I wish I cud forget.
U told me you love me and to try to move on.
But its hard to get up when you fall,
so I wrote a song about love but its nothing at all.

It was you who took the blame,
even though we both knew who was wrong.
Yeah I’m calling out your name,
every time I’m singing this song.
Coz its over, yeah its over
U told me you love me but its time to move on.
its hard to get up when you fall,
so I wrote a song about love but its nothing at all.

Coz its over, yeah its over
U told me you love me and to try to move on.
its hard to get up when you fall,
so I wrote a song about love
and its sad cuz it won’t be enough.
so I wrote a song about love but its nothing at all.

And last but not least,  it was time for the third song, this time in full version. Students read the text to get the main idea. The vocabulary was checked and students were asked to search for keywords presenting the main idea. After that they listened to the song.

 

 Eric Clapton

“Layla”

What’ll you do when you get lonely
And nobody’s waiting by your side?
You’ve been running and hiding much too long.
You know it’s just your foolish pride.

Layla, you’ve got me on my knees.
Layla, I’m begging, darling please.
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind.

I tried to give you consolation
When your old man had let you down.
Like a fool, I fell in love with you,
Turned my whole world upside down.

Let’s make the best of the situation
Before I finally go insane.
Please don’t say we’ll never find a way
And tell me all my love’s in vain.

 After listening students were presented with two images and had to decide which one suited best to the last song. They had to justify and defend their opinion, of course.

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  song4

After listening to all three songs it was time for comparison and contrast. We started with the themes and various types of love moving on to more analytical tasks, such as vocabulary and grammar comparison (how many different tenses were used, how did the author express regrets and wishes etc).

We decided together how the songs could be made shorter – which words could be reduced without changing the meaning and how to expand them by adding more nouns, adjectives or verbs.

As homework students were asked to change the format of chosen texts e.g. turn them into a newspaper article or a screenplay.

The lesson continued with lots of follow up projects and students themselves found songs dealing with chosen topics they wanted to discuss and analyze:)

The reduction/expansion and media transferred ideas are inspired by Alan Maley’s procedures

AnnaMusielak

Anna Musielak is a a teacher and teacher trainer from Poland. She is  also a drama  and literature enthusiast. If you want to follow her on twitter,  she is @AnnaMusielak

I’d like to thank Ania for this wonderful contribution to the song lessons and this blog. I’m glad I had the chance to attend her workshop at TESOL France and admired her enthusiasm for teaching.

Thanks Ania, being part of my PLN…

Posted in 33rd EFL Blog Carnival, efl, ELL, esl, lesson ideas, songs

Call for Songs for the 33rd ELT Carnival

You are kindly invited to the next ELL, ESL, ELT carnival. The theme of the 33rd carnival will be Songs in ELT Classrooms. 

If you want to participate, you can use the easy submission form and send me your blog list or you can contact me from here or twitter (I’m @evab2001) if the form doesn’t work.

If you don’t blog, you can still participate. I’ll be glad to host your song lesson posts on my blog.

 

Here you can find some cool ideas for new lessons.

A great summary of #ELTchat about Teaching English through songs: activities, resources and benefits of using songs for teaching, on Jan 12th via Vicky Saumel

Teaching English through songs in the digital age (part 1 of 4): Background readings and resources

Teaching English through songs in the digital age (part 2 of 4): Ideas for using songs

Teaching English through songs in the digital age (part 3 of 4): Specific songs and their uses

Teaching English through songs in the digital age (part 4 of 4): Music-related web 2.0 tools

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/blogs/nik-peachey/6-activities-you-can-do-online-songs-music 

http://ddeubel.edublogs.org/2010/12/31/tesol-teacher-training-presentations/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_nPUuPryCs 

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Folk-DC-Digital-Childrens-Folksongs-for-Language-and-Cultural-Learning/181031155249040 

http://traveloteacher.blogspot.com/p/quizzes-for-eflesl-students.html

http://traveloteacher.blogspot.com/p/learn-english-with-christmas-songs.html

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Tefl.net

Music in the English Language Classroom

David Deubelbeiss posted The 32nd ELT Blog Carnival!

You can check out all previous editions here….

 

Posted in activities, efl, fun activities, grammar, lesson ideas, Passive Voice, teenagers, web 2.0, wordle, young learners

Passive Voice, two activities using web

Pub Quiz on the Net

Target Language: Passive Voice, Simple Past Tense

Level: A1, A2

Materials: ( colourful) pen, paper, internet connection,

Team students according to the size of your class.

Give them categories as inventions, literature, discoveries, music, etc.

Tell them in teams they will search on the web and come up with 10 questions, such as who composed ‘four seasons’?

Tell them in turns they will ask their questions to the opponent team. The answers should be in passive voice. The winner is the team with more correct answers.

Then tell your students to create a poster with their questions and the correct answers. They can use ‘glogster’ for the class blog.

Pub Quiz on Wordle

Target Language: Passive Voice, Simple Past Tense

Level: A1, A2

Materials: pen&paper, internet connection

Wordle: Passive voice

Create a word poster with some inventions, discoveries, books and movie titles, songs, etc.

Team your students

Distribute the word poster

Tell them to search the web and find out who the inventors were.

The group who finds who the writers, directors, inventors, etc first becomes the winner.

Follow up:

Students can create posters for the inventions.

Posted in grammar, lesson ideas, listening, songs

Songs to teach grammar

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I guess you all know that I love using songs in lessons. This week I’ll teach giving advice, talking about regrets. The target language is the modals for that.

I decided to start with a song. When I prepare I will also share but after I tweeted ‘Dear PLN, can u suggest me a song 4 teach giving advice or criticism, can’t remember any., looking for though, pls RT’. My PLN came up with lots of great ideas. In order not to lose them I creaded a google spread sheet and I’m adding it here too.

If you used a song in the class for any grammar topic, can you please add it to the spread sheet.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AnayGhctnQeddHlvaEIxTFJmeDd0eWk0dXlDLTV6aHc&hl=en

And here I’m adding some of my bookmarks:
A document from ELTCommunity.com: http://www.eltcommunity.com/elt/docs/DOC-1044

Teaching grammar through songs and rhymes: http://www2.vobs.at/ludescher/Grammar/teaching_grammar_through_songs_a.htm

You can find more song related posts on this blog here. here, here, here