Archive of ‘song lessons’ category

A Bollywood Style Song Lesson

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Nowadays there is a TV commercial of a fizzy drink that we talk a lot about. The dances used in the commercial is Bollywood style and we have just come across the original song on YouTube and it was not a surprise to find out that the song was from a Bollywood movie. The lyrics are in English but when I first listened I thought they were in Indian. Only when I focused, I caught the words. Then the idea emerged in my mind. Alas, it’s the end of year. I will not be able to use it this year but for the coming academic year, the song is on my list. 

You can use the Soup Song to

1. teach pronunciation, comparing the British or the American pronunciation with the one in the song.

2. talk about English as a Lingua Franca, even conduct a discussion on different pronunciations of English.

3. talk about different accents.

You can try Lyric Race with your class. It will be fun.

If you think moving in the class will be difficult because you have a big class, then maybe you can try the following activity with them

1. Prepare a gap fill activity with the lyrics. On slips of papers, preferably on a colored paper, write the omitted words.

2. Divide your class into teams.

3. Give them the handouts and the omitted words. Tell students to lay all the words open on the desk before you start the song.

4. Play the song and ask them to fill in the gaps with the omitted words. 

5. The winner is the one who finishes first.

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I’d like to hear about your thoughts about the lesson and if you use it before I can use, I’ll be happy to hear how your lesson went.

Song Lesson ~ Fairy Tale

I haven’t shared any song lessons for a long time. Here is a new one. I was looking for a song for Simple Past and I realized this can be an option. Still not sure if I’ll do it in class next week.

Fairy tale is a cute song from Eurovision Song Contest.

The song can be used to talk about fairy tales, Simple past tense, and opposites as I planned in my handout.

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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

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From Vicky Loras’s Blog by Vicky Loras

The Day Coldplay Came to Our Classroom

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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

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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 🙂

 

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 

 

Song Lesson of the Week ~ The Sound of Silence

 

The Sound of Silence is a very powerful song and although it is from a very remote past for our teens, they love it when they hear.

When I do the song in the class, I choose images from the web. Just type ‘silence’ and choose the images you want to use in your lessons.

I chose the following photos;

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A. Discussion Questions

  1. List the words or phrases that come to your mind when you hear the word ‘silence’.
  2. List the antonyms of ‘silence’.
  3. Compare the silence visualized in the pictures.
  4. Have you experienced a situation when there was deadly silence?

B. Guess the meanings of the underlined words:

  1. My brother came home very late and crept into his room so as not to wake dad up.
  2. He killed his victim by stabbing with a kitchen knife.
  3. Don’t dare to come home late again. Your dad will be furious.
  4. He bowed his head when he saw the principal.
  5. The concert didn’t start and the audience became restless.

C. Understanding the song:

  1. The singer says ‘hello darkness, my old friend’ What does he want to say?
  2. Is he alone in his dream? Does that make any difference? Why or why not?
  3. What does silence refer to in this song?
  4. Does the melody help you convey the meaning of the song? How?

D. Follow up:

You have to choose 2 of the tasks.

Write your own poem called ‘The Sound of Silence’

Summarise the song creating a comic. You can use the following comic creators: http://www.creaza.com/frontpage

http://www.toondoo.com

http://www.makebeliefscomix.com

Make a presentation visualizing the song.

You can use powerpoint or glogster or photopeach/animoto.

My students’ responses to the follow-up tasks

 

 

 

 

The Sound of Silence

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