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Lyrics Training and Costomized Exercises

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.

I noticed the need our feedback so here is mine.
This feature will allow me to do more songs in class and I just loved it.
What I will need as a teacher.
I’d like to add class accounts as in TED-Ed
I’d like to see my students’ scores (how long did they spend on the exercise, did they finish or skip it?)
I sent it as a link but I’d like to add it to Google Classroom too.
What can we teachers do after sending our customized lyrics training exercises.
We can lead a class discussion.
We can give them a comprehension exercise
We can analyze the song
We can ask them to write a song review.
Create a Padlet wall and ask them to post what they thought about the song.
Analyze the song like a poem.
Ask them to draw sequences from the song and then create a short movie.
You can try my gap fill exercise here
Here you can find more ideas on using songs in class
Posted in 33rd EFL Blog Carnival, efl, esl, esl ell efl blog carnival, lesson ideas, lesson plans, links, song lessons, songs, teaching

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

SIDE 1

From Vicky Loras’s Blog by Vicky Loras

The Day Coldplay Came to Our Classroom

Vicky Loras
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

stronger

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 🙂

 

Posted in activities, conferences, Istek ELT 2013, music, songs

ISTEK ELT 2013, Ideas for Monday

Handouts:

Some more ideas on my blog on using songs and music in the classroom

http://evasimkesyan.edublogs.org/2012/08/03/beatlesmania/

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AnayGhctnQeddHlvaEIxTFJmeDd0eWk0dXlDLTV6aHc&hl=en#gid=2

http://evasimkesyan.edublogs.org/2011/01/21/using-songs-by-anna-musielak/

http://evasimkesyan.edublogs.org/2011/01/04/songs-in-efl-classroom/

http://evasimkesyan.edublogs.org/2011/01/17/lemon-tree-an-activity-for-tomorows-class/

 

Posted in conditionals, fillers, fun, glogster, improvisation, Istanbul Bilgi University Elt Conference, music, songs, web 2.0

LIVEN UP CLASSROOM WITH MUSIC

My Workshop at Bilgi University

In the session, I talked about why we should use songs in EFL classes.

Music is everywhere in our lives. We listen to songs when we are happy, angry, sad or when we need inspiration or when we want to relax. We go out of our homes with our songs, we travel with them, we wait with them, we shop with them.

So we can teach with them. May be I didn’t say anything new. These are the things we all know. However, I think it is always good to remember them.

Music can be used to teach  

grammar : at the presentation stage of a grammar point or while reviewing

listening : gap fill exercises, matching to teach listening for gist or detail

vocabulary: to teach or increase vocab by asking your students to replace the words with a synonym, antonym or a near synonym.

reading: songs are authentic texts and they can be used for comprehension, discussion and teaching culture 

writing: you can use songs for teaching writing. Ask your students to write a letter to the character, write a story which took place before the sond, add one more verse to the original, write their song for the same topic.

While doing all these we can always use web 2.0 to motivate our students so they can add their own content to the material.

 In the final part of my talk I gave examples how I used songs with my students.

I started the session with an activity from Music and Song by Tim Murphey (2009,   OUP)

Musical Reactions

Play an instrumental piece.

Ask students to fill out the questionnaire while listening to the music. 

1. If you turned on the radio and heard this piece of music would you:

  • turn off immediately?
  • listen attentively?
  • buy the record?
  • download it to your mp3 player?
  • Leave it on as background music?
  • —-?
  1. Imagine someone who loves this music. Describe the person in a few words.
  2. Imagine someone who doesn’t love this music. Describe the person in a few words.
  3. What emotions does it evoke in you?
  4. What do you see if you close your eyes as you listen?
  5. If this were the background music for an advertisement, what do you think the advertised product would be?
  6. If this were a soundtrack for a film, what kind of a film would that be?
  7. In what kind of place would you be most likely to hear this music?

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FUN WRITING ACTIVITIES

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1.  STORIES

Students listen to a piece of music. Preferably something in an other language or instrumental.

While listening, they just write the words that go with the melody.

After listening, ask what they have listed.

A student writes all the words on the board.

Then they write a paragraph with the words on the board. They can even write a story.

You can do the brainstorming in the class and assign the story as homework.


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2. DILEMMAS

Aim: to focus on structures using too and enough and the difference between them.

After teaching too and enough as a follow up I did the following activity. It was spontaneous, I wasn’t prepared for a better skeleton for the poem but they loved the idea.

Tell students to list the things their parents, teachers or elders say for about being too young or old enough.

Give examples :

Parents usually say you are old enough to take some responsibility. However, they also say you are too young to go out late.

Then write the skeleton poem on the board and say they will write a poem. They can even create their own poem with the same idea.

My parents say I’m too —-

but they want me to —–

They say I’m ———- enough —–

However, —-

I think I’m too ——

but too (possibly an opposite)

I believe I’m not ————— enough

However, I’m ———————– enough

And these are the —-

As a follow up you can ask them to prepare glogs or slideshows with their poems.