In this ELT song-based activity, students WORK in teams (or individually), LISTEN to 7 different short song extracts by NEFFEX, and IDENTIFY DIFFERENT THINGS (grammar, vocabulary) in each one.
SONG PIECES is fast-paced, and provides extra energy and fun at any moment you need: Review, warm-up, consolidation, or as a simple reward activity.
OBS: This lesson plan was made for ONLINE TEACHING, but it can be modified for face-to-face instruction, as well.
Language level: B2+ C1 Learner type: All ages Skills: listening and writing Topic: varied Grammar:adverbs, nouns, adjectives, verbs Materials: YouTube Video Duration: 20 - 30 min Downloadable materials: Instructions.pdf
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STEP-BY-STEP LESSON PLAN
Divide students into pairs or trios (it can also be done individually, depending on the number of students), and tell them they are going to listen to various extracts of songs and in each one they have to listen to different things and write them down on a blank sheet of paper.
Before each song extract, there is a screen in which students can see what they’re supposed to listen to in that song. PAUSE the video there and ask students to give you examples of what is being asked.
Tell them they have 3 chances to try to get the right word. Then, play the first song it is recorded 3 times in a row and have them write down the answer for number 1.
obs: some songs are really hard, so you may give them extra chances, by going back the video and playing that song extract more times.
Check what the teams wrote down (you can use the chat feature of the application you’re using with your online students. ex: in-meeting chat in zoom , and ask them to use it to send you the answers. Assign points. (1 for each right word, if there is more than 1 word in the recording)
Repeat steps 2, 3, 4 for the next song extracts. The team with more points, in the end, is the winner!
Song 1: NEFFEX - BETTER DAYS What’s wrong with me? I just feel weight Pushin’ on my chest, and it squeeze till I suffocate Better change my mindset, meditate It’s pretty cool that I’m alive and have better days I can walk, see, hear I should celebrate Think I can change my mind, maybe elevate Song 2: NEFFEX - DESTINY I've been through some injuries mentally and physically studied them religiously so I don't repeat history and people won't admit to me they don't want a victory Song 3: NEFFEX - FEAR I think that I’ll be fine but I do not really know yea its too late for me not too late for you to be great you’ll see the pains worth the truth I don’t want to be just someone that’s new I speak my mind so free so you can hear the truth yea Song 4: NEFFEX - A YEAR AGO I’ve seen a lot of change Been through a lot of pain Some things are not the same As they were a year ago But all will be ok I move on each and every day The past is where it stays Way back a year ago Song 5: NEFFEX - BELIEVE We’re broken It’s tragic We’re not all elastic But maybe there’s magic Believe you could have it And I know of sadness The anxious and panic The infinite vastness Of all that is blackness Song 6: NEFFEX - ONE SHOT cuz I’m sick of mediocrity where’s the quality everything’s about quantity ironically we feed our minds constantly but don’t think logically yea one shot that’s all you got take it right now before you get lost Song 7: NEFFEX - FADE AWAY I’m sick of all these trends I’m sick of paying rent I’m sick of growing up and not just knowing how it ends (BONUS POINT) so I plan with intent today I make a dent I’m gonna make it happen everything that I have dreamt
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