FCE Practice with song lyrics: Reading and Use of English (Part 1)

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WORKSHEET INFO:

This is a free Reading and Use of English part 1 exercise to practice for the Cambridge English: First (FCE) exam. It uses the lyrics to Sing it with me by JP Cooper & Astrid S. This exercise can be used in conjunction with this song-based lesson plan.

To download the Worksheet and answer key click here.

Happy Teaching! 🙂

All Language Skills in One Song for the Cambridge English: First (FCE) – Sing It With Me, JP Cooper

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This song-based activity lesson plan for English language teaching features the song Sing it with me by JP Cooper/ Astrid S and its official music video. Students talk about photos and create characters and life backgrounds, write and compare short narratives, watch a music video, do a listening exercise with the lyrics, and write a story.

Language level: B2 and above
Learner type: All ages
Skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing
Topic: Character, feelings, life stories
Language: Vocabulary to describe appearance, character, feelings, and narrative tenses
Materials: Youtube video, worksheet, photos, and mp3 file
Duration: 1 hour - 1h 30 min

Downloadable materials:  instructions; Listening worksheet; Photos; song mp3

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On a Roll – Ashley O (Miley Cyrus)

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Description:

This song-based activity lesson plan for English language teaching features the song On a Roll by Ashley O (Miley Cyrus) and its official music video. Students talk about success and do a vocabulary exercise, watch and compare music videos, listen to the song, and do a listening exercise with the lyrics.

Language level: B1 and above
Learner type: All ages
Skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing (with backchannel)
Topics: success, music
Language: success idioms, expressing opinions, comparisons
Materials: Youtube videos, worksheets, and mp3 file 
Duration: 1 hour - 1h 30 min

Downloadable materials:  instructions; vocabulary and lyrics worksheet; song mp3

 

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Teaching With Music Videos: Watch & Catch 2!

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We are back with the fun and original music video activity for English language teaching – WATCH & CATCH –  containing excerpts from music videos for current songs, in which students have to ‘catch’ visuals in the video excerpts, as well as words in the lyrics of the songs.

Description:  In this activity, students work in teams to identify, visually and audibly,  grammar and/or vocabulary words in the music video and lyrics. as a competition; they are awarded points for each right item identified. 
Language level: A2+ and above     
Learner type: All ages
Skills: listening, writing
Topic: varied
Language and grammar: sports, means of transportation, common objects, animals, past tense verbs, food, numbers, countries, adjectives,
Materials: vimeo video  and a blank sheet of paper for each group (to write down their answers)
Duration: 20 -30 min
Downloadable materials: none

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Learn English With Lady Gaga

NEW CATEGORY AT SONG ACTIVITY FACTORY!

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There are great resources for English language teaching on the Internet, and Song Activity Factory is always searching for interesting things connected to SONGS that could spice up your ESL, EFL, ESOL classes.

We are adding a new category for Song Activity Factory entitled USEFUL YOUTUBE CHANNELS for teaching English with songs!

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Songs for Teaching 1: Email Feelings

 

Most English language teaching professionals feel that English songs have a fitting place in the ESL/EFL classroom. However, trying to find a ready-made song activity which features neither an activity with an ‘ancient’ song nor the dreaded gap-filling exercise is time-consuming.

With this in mind, Song Activity Factory will start featuring posts on how to create different song activities with step-by-step suggestions, in a flexible template format, to facilitate and save precious time for busy teachers and ESL/EFL professionals. 

Activity Idea 01 – EMAIL FEELINGS

How about preparing your students for the Cambridge English First (FCE) writing and speaking papers and, at the same time, providing some relaxing fun time with a song/music video? That’s what ‘EMAIL FEELINGS’ is all about.

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Teaching with SONG PIECES 2!

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SONG PIECES is back! By using various short song extracts, it injects variety and liveliness to English language teaching classes. It generates student interaction and collaboration to identify specific things in the lyrics, in a light and fun way.

SONG PIECES is fast-paced, and its variety provides extra energy and fun at any moment the teacher needs:
Review, warm-up, extra grammar practice, or as a simple reward activity
Description:
In this ELT song-based activity, students work in teams and listen to 7 different short song extracts, and have to identify different grammar structures and vocabulary in each one.
Language level: all levels
Learner type: All ages
Skills: listening and writing
Topic: varied
Language and grammar: nationality, clothes, adjectives, parts of the body, modal verbs (can/could), nature words connected to water
Materials: edited mp3 files for the songs used 
Duration: 20 - 30 minutes
Downloadable materials:  instructions; Song Extracts (mp3 files)

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