Teaching With Songs: Musical Listening Practice Video with U2 (B1)!

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This week, the Song Activity Factory features a special activity with song extracts for U2 fans called MUSICAL LISTENING PRACTICE

I hope YOU and your students have a BLAST with it!

Description:

In this song activity – using only U2 greatest hit songs – students watch a video with five song extracts. The lyrics appear on the screen with some gaps. Their task is to write down the missing words as they hear them. You can use it as review, extra listening practice, reward activity, or just for FUN! You and your students deserve it! XD

OBS: This lesson plan was made for ONLINE TEACHING, but it can be modified for face-to-face instruction, as well.

Language level: B1
Learner type: All ages
Skills: listening and writing
Language and grammar: any, some, no derivatives; comparatives, object pronouns, simple words
Materials: Musical Listening Practice Video (YouTube) 
Duration: 20 - 30 minutes
Downloadable materials:  none

INSTRUCTIONS

You can play the video for them (face 2 face), or via Zoom or any similar app, if the speed of the Internet connection is an issue, you can send the link for your students to watch on their own devices. Instruct them to write down their answers for later correction.

Step 1. (5 min)

Explain the activity. Play the video twice (or 3 times) without stopping. Students write down their answers.

Step 2. (5 min)

Put students in pairs to check their answers (breakout rooms). 

Step 3.  (5 min)

(Back to the main room, Play the first song and pause the video. Have students write the words in the chat box.

Correct the exercise by writing the words in the gaps (annotation tool/board). Have students read the extracts.

Step 4. (5 min)

Play the second extract and repeat the same steps. 

ANSWERS:
SONG 01 (ORIGIAL OF THE SPECIES):
Baby slow down

The end is not as fun as the start
Please stay a child somewhere in your heart
I'll give you everything you want
Except the thing that you want

SONG 02 (ONE)
Is it getting better?
Or do you feel the same?
Will it make it easier on you now?
You got someone to blame
You say, one love, one life
When it's one need in the night

SONG 03 (STUCK IN A MOMENT YOU CAN'T GET OUT OF)
I'm not afraid Of anything in this world
There's nothing you can throw at me
That I haven't already heard
I'm just trying to find A decent melody
A song that I can sing In my own company

SONG 04 (I'LL GO CRAZY IF I DON'T GO CRAZY TONIGHT)
She's a rainbow and she loves the peaceful life
Knows I'll go crazy if I don't go crazy tonight

There's a part of me in chaos that's quiet
And there's a part of you that wants me to riot

SONG 05 (Stay (Faraway, So Close!))
Green light, Seven Eleven
You stop in for a pack of cigarettes
You don't smoke, don't even want to
Hey now, check your change 

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