In this song activity – using free copyrighted songs – students watch a video with four 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: A2/B1 Learner type: All ages Skills: listening and writing Language and grammar: ing forms Materials: Musical Listening Practice Video (YouTube) Duration: 20 - 30 minutes Downloadable materials: instructions.pdf
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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 (or pausing after each one.) it’s up to you!. 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: 1- Delacey - Dream It Possible (Sylenth Remix) I will run, I will climb, I will soar I'm undefeated, oh Jumping (1) out of my skin, pull the chord Yeah, I believe (2)it, ooh The past is everything we were Don't make us who we are (3) So I'll dream, until I make it real And all I see (4) is stars 2- Diviners - Falling Started to fall and where (1) were you? How could I know you were falling (2) too? Grabbing the wind cutting (3) my skin But it's hard because I'm- I'm falling Tell me why I'm falling Oh, life's calling (4) But it's hard because I'm falling 3 - NEFFEX - Struggle Oh, growing (1) up ain't easy Too many things to do weekly Too many thoughts to think deeply Too many thoughts to be sleeping (2), yeah Oh my god, I'm not eating (3) I feel so empty, I'm receding And all of my friends (4) are misleading All of these posts and the laughs I'm leading, yeah 4- NEFFEX - Deep Thoughts I keep on moving, yeah, I keep on doing (1), yeah I keep improving, so people(2) can feel it to and Go on and fix their lives, one decision at a time One vision, one mind, we're winning (3) this grind Okay, okay, let's make each other proud Turn the future into now (4) Turn this world upside down, uh, yeah
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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