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Song Lesson of The Week ~Our House, Madness

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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

  1. present continuous
  2. past tense / used to (to talk about past habits)
  3. 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

  1. Which day is it?
  2. Where is the house?
  3. What are the people doing in the house?
  4. What kind of a house is that?
  5. 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 

 

Posted in adjectives, efl, lesson ideas, lesson plans, listening, music, prepositions, present continuous tense, songs

Lemon Tree; An activity for tomorow’s class

 

I was reading Vicky Saumell’s Eltchat summary on Teaching English through songs in the digital age (part 3 of 4): Specific songs and their uses, I came across with the suggestion of Lemon Tree by Fool’s Garden and I realised how versatile can this one song be. You can use the song

1. to review preposition:

 prepare a gap-fill exercise just omiting the prepositions

2. to practise present continuous tense:

  •  prepare a gap-fill omiting the verbs
  • prepare a handout with images of these verbs and ask students to fill in the gaps with them.
  • after listening to the song, divide the students into groups and tell each group to draw one scene from the song. ( you can watch the animation later and they can compare their drawings with it)
  • Display the pictures on the walls and ask students to write what is happening in each scene
  • Make a movie clip with the drwaings

3. to revise adjectives:

  • prepare a gap-fill omitting the adjectives from the song
  • After listening to the song, tell them to rewrite the song with the opposites making all the necessary changes to make the song meaningful. It will be a brand new song.
  • Find a tune for your song and sing.

Posted in fun, games, improvisation, present continuous tense, tenses, warmers

Fun with Present Continuous Tense

Improvisations part 2

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Sometimes I adapt activities from TV shows, games, etc.

The following activity is from a drama group called ‘Mahser-i Cumbus’. While watching their performance, I usually find great ideas for my classes.

It sounds a bit confusing but it really is fun.

Student A stands up and mimes. While miming she makes a sentence with another action.

Student B comes and mimes the action student A has just said but says something else.

The situation should look and sound something like this:

A: (brushing his teeth) I’m drinking a cup of coffee

B: (drinking a cup of coffee) I’m washing my hands.

C: (washing his hands) I’m writing a letter.

You can watch a short animation I created from Xtranormal by clicking the link:  http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/7274801

Similar activities from my blog:

Improvising in the EFL classroom

Just Improvise – A Quick Game

More fun with Present Continuous Tense, please visit TEFL.net for 15 fun games for the present continuous tense.