Lyrics Training was a favourite site for me but for some time I have stopped using it in class. I was thinking to do a fun exercise with a class and my 16 year old daughter said ‘Why don’t you use Lyrics Training’ fot the lesson. I listened to her and visited the site to have a look at the changes and I found out that they are testing the teacher account. I signed up as a teacher , chose a song and created my custom exercise and then sent it to my students.
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.
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.
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.
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
From Vicky Loras’s Blog by Vicky Loras
from Linguistic Consultancy by Marisa Pavan
From EFL Classroom 2.0 by Chris Hoade
From Wondering about ELT by Eduardo Siemens
From EFL Classroom 2.0 by David Deubelbeiss
From Vicki Hollett’s Business English Teaching and Video by Vicki Hollett
From A Journey in TEFL by Anna Musielak
From B’s Life with English by Baiba Svenka
From mELTing Activities by Carissa Peck
From Fun & Creative ESL workshops for kids by Caroline Leahy
From Songs to Teach by Sibel Taskin Simsek
and a bonus: Love Street – The Doors
From A Journey in TEFL by Eva Buyuksimkesyan
From Teach Them English by Adam Simpson
From ELThq by Alex Barboza
From ESL library. com by Shelly Terrell
From Merve Oflaz’s blog by Merve Oflaz
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 🙂
image credit #eltpics, @ij64
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
- present continuous
- past tense / used to (to talk about past habits)
- 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
- Which day is it?
- Where is the house?
- What are the people doing in the house?
- What kind of a house is that?
- 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