Teaching English with songs: Broken and Beautiful – Kelly Clarkson

This song-based activity lesson plan for English language teaching features the song Broken & Beautiful by Kelly Clarkson and the official music video. Students talk about movies, do a crosswords exercise with words from the lyrics, listen to the song and do a gap-fill listening exercise with the words found in the crosswords

Language level: Basic (A2) and above
Learner type: All ages
Skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing
Topic: Movies
Language: Vocabulary related to movies, expressing opinions
Materials: Youtube video, worksheets pdf (NEW INTERACTIVE WORKSHEET), and mp3 file
Duration: 1 hour 
Downloadable materials:  instructions; worksheet; song mp3

PART 1 – Warm-up

Step 1.

Ask students to work in pairs and talk about their favorite movie. After some time, students share with the whole class.

PART 2 – Music Video

Step 2.

Tell students they are going to watch the music video for the song they are going to work with: Broken and Beautiful. Ask them if they know the song, if they do not, ask them what kind of song they think it’s going to be based on the title (eg. slow, fast, happy, sad), and also what things they expect to see in the video, and have them discuss their guesses in small groups.

Step 3.

Have the groups share their guesses and play the video

Step 4.

Ask students what they thought of the video. Tell them it is part of the soundtrack of a new movie called Ugly Dolls, which will be on theaters on May 3, 2019. Check out the movie site here

PART 3  Worksheet


Hand out the worksheet. The exercise one is a crossword, you can have a competition to see who can solve it first!

Answer key


Step 6. Exercise two. Students listen to the song and fill the blanks with the words they found in exercise one.

Answer key 
free [1] pride [2] help [3] strong [4] phenomenal [5] hold [6] underneath [7] ocean [8] emotion [9] fly [10] lies [11] tired [12]

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That’s it for this week! I hope this activity is helpful and enjoyable for your students!

Share this to help other teachers, and also check out these great ways to add novelty and fun to your classes: Song LotterySong Pieces and Watch & Catch!



Happy teaching!  🙂

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