Present Continuous In Songs Listening Practice & Review – Teaching With Songs (A2/B1)!


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

Welcome to the Song Activity Factory! Here, we follow the rules of The Creative Jedi Code:

See below for other posts to Teach English Creatively With Songs:


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. 

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?
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!


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




Happy teaching!  🙂

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