HOW TO USE SONGS TO TEACH ENGLISH: 18 SONG-BASED LESSON PLANS FOR CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH FIRST: (FCE)

At 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 timeIsn’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!

Here are 

18 SONG-BASED LESSON PLANS TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH FIRST (FCE) and CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH FIRST FOR SCHOOLS (FCE FOR SCHOOLS):


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Paper 1: Reading and Use of English  PART 1 Multiple-choice cloze

1- Lauv – Modern Loneliness

https://songactivityfactory.com/2020/02/27/songs-for-cambridge-english-first-fce-modern-loneliness/

2- Sing It With Me – JP Cooper (worksheet)

https://songactivityfactory.com/2019/06/24/fce-practice-with-song-lyrics-reading-and-use-of-english-part-1/

Paper 1: Reading and Use of English PART 2 Open cloze

3- Bebe Rexha – You Can’t Stop The Girl

https://songactivityfactory.com/2019/10/24/songs-for-cambridge-english-first-fce-you-cant-stop-the-girl-bebe-rexha/

4- Marina – To Be Human

https://songactivityfactory.com/2019/07/03/songs-for-cambridge-english-first-fce-to-be-human-marina/

Paper 1: Reading and Use of English PART 3 Word formation

5- James Blunt – The Greatest

https://songactivityfactory.com/2020/04/25/james-blunt-the-greatest-teaching-english-with-zoom-using-songscambridge-english-first-fce-4-skills/

Paper 1: Reading and Use of English PART 7 Multiple matching

6- Alec Benjamin, Luke Combs – Six Feet Apart

https://songactivityfactory.com/2020/04/17/zoom-song-battle-six-feet-apart-alec-benjamin-vs-luke-combs-cambridge-english-first-fce/

Paper 2: Writing PART 2 (A story)

7- Onerepublic – Didn’t I

https://songactivityfactory.com/2020/05/29/onerepublic-didnt-i-teaching-english-with-zoom-using-songscambridge-english-first-fce/

8- Sing It With Me – JP Cooper feat. Astrid S

https://songactivityfactory.com/2019/06/23/all-language-skills-in-one-song-for-the-cambridge-english-first-fce-sing-it-with-me-jp-cooper/

9- Together – SIA

https://songactivityfactory.com/2020/06/12/musical-photo-story-sia-together-teaching-english-with-zoom-using-songs-4-skils/

Paper 2: Writing PART 2 (An email)

10- Email feelings (idea)

https://songactivityfactory.com/2019/05/26/ideas-for-song-activities-01-email-feelings/

11- Sasha Sloan – Older

https://songactivityfactory.com/2019/03/27/song-lottery-writing-emails/

12- Now United – Beautiful Life

https://songactivityfactory.com/2019/03/10/beautiful-life-now-united/

Paper 3: Listening PART 2 Sentence completion

13- Sing It With Me – JP Cooper feat. Astrid S

https://songactivityfactory.com/2019/06/23/all-language-skills-in-one-song-for-the-cambridge-english-first-fce-sing-it-with-me-jp-cooper

Paper 4:  Speaking PART 2 Long turn

14- Lauv – Modern Loneliness

https://songactivityfactory.com/2020/02/27/songs-for-cambridge-english-first-fce-modern-loneliness/

15- Lewis Capaldi –  Hold Me While You Wait

https://songactivityfactory.com/2019/08/29/lewis-capaldi-a-lesson-plan-for-english-language-teaching/

Paper 4: Speaking PART 3 Collaborative task

16- REM – Losing My Religion

https://songactivityfactory.com/2019/05/12/mothers-day-flashback-losing-my-religion/

Paper 4: Speaking PART 4 Discussion

17- Calum Scott – No Matter What

https://songactivityfactory.com/2018/11/14/no-matter-what-calum-scott/

18- Kesha – Here Comes The Change

https://songactivityfactory.com/2018/10/29/here-comes-the-change-from-the-motion-picture-on-the-basis-of-sex-kesha/

That’s it for today! I hope this post helps you in your English language teaching practice!

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