I combined some of the activities from here and added some follow-up writing activities.
1.First I asked my students who we thank in our lives. I wrote some phrases on the board to help them to express themselves. I gave them post-it notes and I divided them into groups I told them they have to thank the friends in their groups. I elicited the sentence and wrote some examples on the board “Thank you X for being very helpful” I also told them that they have to say a different THANK YOU to each of their friends. I put all the thank you post-it notes on the walls.
2. Then I asked them to list what the following words and phrases bring into their mind.
being late for work
3. I told my students to guess what the song we were going to listen be about using the words and phrases from exercise 1 and 2 write what the song we are going to listen will be about.
Then we listened to Dido’s Thank You and filled in the gaps on their handouts.
I also assigned them with a few follow-ups.
4. Understanding the song:
What kind of a day did she experience?
Why isn’t she unhappy?
How would she have felt in the song, if she didn’t have someone supportive in her life?
Change the song into a thank you letter. You may want to begin as below
You are sleeping now and I’m watching you. I know we couldn’t speak tonight as I was very tired but I want to thank you because —–
BTW I got really interesting letters written to their mothers 🙂
This song can also be used for revising narrative tenses or writing a narrative. After listening to the song you can ask your students to write ‘an unlucky day in the life of ——-‘ or you can tell your students to write a story of a day based on the song.
I’ve decided to prepare song lessons that I can use in class. I’m planning to share them regularly. If you love using songs in the class, please visit the blog for a new song lesson every week. I will also be very happy to hear your ideas.
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.