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 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 

 

Ready, Steady, Cook

 

Materials: Prepare small ingredient cards. (One ingredient on card/with pictures if you want or you can either bring food to the classroom)

1 computer for 2 students 😉 or you may supply them with some magazines even in L1

Level: Upper-int and above

 

Watch a part from Ready Steady Cook. Tell them to jot down any cooking vocabulary they hear. After watching the segment talk about the programme. What do the participants do?

 

Brainstorm cooking vocabulary and utensils. Give them an exercise.

Brainstorm basic ingredients that they think they usually find in their own kitchen. Tell them the words on the board will be the ingredients of their kitchen cabinet.

 

Put them in pairs

Tell them to choose 4 ingredients from your box. ( The cards or the food)

Tell them they will search the web/ magazines and find a suitable recipe for a 2 course meal with the ingredients from their kitchen cabinet and they’ve chosen.

When they come up with their recipes, they have to present it to their friends.

 

Follow up:

1. As a class they can choose some best recipes from the presentations and create a mini cookery book.They can create a page explaining cooking techniques, utensils and basic ingredients.

2. They can create a class cookery slide show using photopeach.

3. Each team can create a glogter with pictures and their own videos explaining how to cook.

4. They can create a powerpoint presentation and record their voice explaining their recipes.

5. You can create a voicethread for the class and each team can record one of their recipes.