Teaching with SONG PIECES 2!

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
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)


Step 1. Divide students into pairs or trios, and tell them they are going to listen to various extracts of songs and in each one, they have to listen to different things and write them down on a blank sheet of paper.

Step 2. Before playing each extract, say what you want the students to listen to and make sure they know it. In order to do that ask them if they can give you examples of the words they must listen to.

Step 3. Tell them they have 3 chances to try to get the right word. Then, play the first extract 3 times and they write down the answer for number 1.

Step 4. Check what the teams wrote down and assign points. (1 for each right word, if there is more than 1 word in the recording)

Step 5. Repeat steps 2, 3, 4 for the next song extracts. The team with more points, in the end, is the winner!

Things to be found in each song extract:

  1. Song 1: parts of the body   (answer: hand/ heart)
  2. Song 2: things that have water (answer: river/ ocean)
  3. Song 3: a piece of clothing (answer: t-shirt)
  4. Song 4: nationality (answer Chinese)
  5. Song 5: parts of the body (answer: lips/ heart)
  6. Song 6: modal verbs (answer: can/ could)
  7. Song 7: adjectives (answer: bad / perfect)

List of songs (+ lyrics key) featured in this original ELT Activity:

1) Break my heart right - James bay -Lyrics key: Never wanna say goodbye You always see through my disguise You're the one who breaks my (heart) rightYou tear me up and wreck my dreamsI hold your (hand) when I'm asleepI don't mind falling for a lifetime'Cause you break my (heart) right2) Falling like stars - James Arthur - Lyrics key:  I'm gonna hold you so closeI swear to God when I come homeI'll never let goLike a (river), I flowTo the (ocean), I knowYou pull me close, guiding me home3) Sixteen - Ellie Goulding - Lyrics key: ...eyes on mine, mineIf you'd just focus on meLike we were sixteenAnd planning our livesCan I wear your (t-shirt)And sleep on youWhile I dream of all the good times?When we were sixteen4) Earth - Lil Dicky Lyrics key: [Ed Sheeran:] I'm a koala and I sleep all the timeSo what? It's cute[Meghan Trainor:] We love you, India[Joel Embiid:]We love you, Africa[Tory Lanez:] We love the (Chinese)[Lil Dicky:] We forgive you, Germany[Chorus:] Earth, it is our planet (It's our planet)We love the Earth (We love the Earth), it is our home (Home)We love the Earth, it is our planet (It is our planet)We love the Earth, it is our homeWe love the Earth5) Stay - David Guetta - Lyrics key: Don't go away, don't go awayYou don't even have to tryNo other (lips) can make me cryBut there is something 'bout the way you lookSomething from my (heart) you took tonightAnd I don't mind (Stay)6) SOS - Avicii - Lyrics key: I (can) feel your love pullin' me up from the underground, andI don't need my drugs, we (could) be more than just part-time loversI (can) feel your touch pickin' me up from the underground, andI don't need my drugs, we (could) be more than just part-time loversWe (could) be more than just part-time love7) What I like about you - Jonas Blue - Lyrics key: (Oh, make me bad and I don't know)(Oh, make me bad and I don't know)(Oh) That's what I like about ya(Oh) Yeah, that's what I like about ya[Verse 2]I don't care if my daddy don't think we're the (perfect) pairIt's my affairYeah, I don't know why my momma worries when I'm out all nightShe thinks I'm nine, uh-uh

This song-based lesson plan is sure to spice up your classes! However, would you like to think, feel and act more creatively on your own to be able to turn ANY song you want into an engaging lesson plan?
HERE are TIME-SAVING ideas that do the heavy work so you can focus on the most important: INSPIRING and MOTIVATING YOUR STUDENTS to learn CREATIVELY!


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


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