At the SONG ACTIVITY FACTORY, we believe in the POWER OF SONGS TO TEACH ENGLISH in a fun and motivating way! We also believe – and prove – that using songs goes way beyond gap-filling exercises. We believe in the power of songs to get STUDENTS MOTIVATED and EAGER to learn and participate!
BUT MOST OF ALL, we believe in the power of songs to provide PLEASURABLE AND MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES FOR YOU TEACHER!!!
Isn’t it wonderful to be able to see the class you planned go well and smooth? Isn’t it deliciously amazing to see your students talking, interacting, having fun and learning at the same time? Isn’t it REFRESHING for you to have a break from those book activities and the grind of day-to-day classes and have some MUSIC TO INSPIRE YOURSELF and your students?
However, we also know that you are BUSY and LACK TIME to go through the tiring process of choosing a song and preparing an activity around it. This is especially true if you are an ELT professional preparing students for CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH EXAMS. You tend to focus more on developing students’ abilities and techniques in order to be successful in those exams, and this takes up most of your time and effort. Using songs in class then is rare, and when done at all, a listening exercise with gap-fill is the easiest and fastest choice although not the most creative one…
In this post, we hope to help you get ideas and inspiration to bring MUSIC back to your teaching practice in a USEFUL, PRACTICAL and INNOVATIVE way!
18 SONG-BASED LESSON PLANS TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH FIRST (FCE) and CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH FIRST FOR SCHOOLS (FCE FOR SCHOOLS):
Paper 1: Reading and Use of English PART 1 Multiple-choice cloze
1- Lauv – Modern Loneliness
2- Sing It With Me – JP Cooper (worksheet)
Paper 1: Reading and Use of English PART 2 Open cloze
3- Bebe Rexha – You Can’t Stop The Girl
4- Marina – To Be Human
Paper 1: Reading and Use of English PART 3 Word formation
5- James Blunt – The Greatest
Paper 1: Reading and Use of English PART 7 Multiple matching
6- Alec Benjamin, Luke Combs – Six Feet Apart
Paper 2: Writing PART 2 (A story)
7- Onerepublic – Didn’t I
8- Sing It With Me – JP Cooper feat. Astrid S
9- Together – SIA
Paper 2: Writing PART 2 (An email)
10- Email feelings (idea)
11- Sasha Sloan – Older
12- Now United – Beautiful Life
Paper 3: Listening PART 2 Sentence completion
13- Sing It With Me – JP Cooper feat. Astrid S
Paper 4: Speaking PART 2 Long turn
14- Lauv – Modern Loneliness
15- Lewis Capaldi – Hold Me While You Wait
Paper 4: Speaking PART 3 Collaborative task
16- REM – Losing My Religion
Paper 4: Speaking PART 4 Discussion
17- Calum Scott – No Matter What
18- Kesha – Here Comes The Change
These song-based lesson plans are 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!
KNOW MORE IDEAS FOR ENGLISH ACTIVITIES WITH SONGS HERE
That’s it for this week! I hope these activities are helpful and enjoyable!
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