Teaching With Music Videos: Watch & Catch 2!

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


Step 1. Tell students they are going to watch a video with 5 excerpts from different music videos, and in each excerpt, they have to identify – catch – something visual (in the video ie. find a number or an animal), and also listen to something in the lyrics: ie listen to adjectives.  

There are 5 video excerpts, and before each one, there are instructions to what the students are supposed to catch. The excerpts are recorded 3 times in a row, so tell students they have 3 chances to find what is asked. For each right item, the teams get one point. The team with more points wins!

Step 2. Divide the teams. Make sure each one has a blank sheet of paper to write their answers down.

Step 3. Play the video (pause it on each video instruction and make sure to review the things they’re supposed to see or find before they watch it. For example: ask students if they remember adverbs of frequency and ask them to give examples.

Step 4. To award the points, before playing the next video, pause, and walk around the groups awarding the points. (read their answers and write the number of points on their sheet)

Watch & Catch 2 from Song Activity Factory on Vimeo.

AnswersVideo 01Find: a number (28) - Listen to: adjectives (fast, precious, fine) 
Video 02Find: means of transportation (car, plane) - Listen to: something people wear (shoes) 
Video 03Find: an animal (a dog) - Listen to: a sport (football)  
Video 04Find: animals (eagle, elephant, giraffe, penguins, whale) - Listen to: countries (only one: Germany - India, Africa are continents)) 
Video 05Find: something people eat (fish and fries) - Listen to: a verb in the past (spoke)
Songs featured in this ELT video activity: 
video 01: Spicy (Herve Pagez); 
video 02: Higher (Dj Khaled);  
video 03: Beer Never Broke My Heart (Luke Combs); 
video 04: Earth (Lil Dicky); 
video 05: Change Your Mind (Tori Kelly)

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


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Happy teaching!  🙂


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