Teaching With Songs – A Communicative and Collaborative Way to Review Grammar: Musical Grammar Pieces!

MUSICAL GRAMMAR PIECES is an activity that contains short song lyrics extracts which students read and correct the grammar, and then collaborate in groups to reach a final decision about the correction. 

DESCRIPTION:

This STEP-BY-STEP LESSON PLAN for ENGLISH language TEACHING features 3 lyrics extracts of songs by NEFFEX.

Students READ the lyrics extracts, CORRECT them individually, LISTEN to the extracts to check their corrections, COMPARE answers in small groups and DECIDE on the final corrected version for a group competition.

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: speaking, reading, listening and writing
Topic: grammar correction / collocations/ quantifiers
Materials: YouTube video
Duration: 45 min - 1 hour
Downloadable materials:  instructions.pdf

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STEP-BY-STEP LESSON PLAN

Step 1 (5 min)

Ask them what their favorite kind of music is, etc. Tell your students that in this class they are going to work with songs and correct grammar and collocation mistakes in the lyrics.

Step 2 (3 min)

Ask students to get a blank sheet of paper to write down their corrections. Play the video and give them about 2 min (or less if you like) to correct the mistakes.

Attention: Each lyrics extract has a duration of approximately 40s, so it’s a good idea to pause the video. Give 2 minutes for the students to correct the THREE mistakes (individually in the main room). But tell them not to give the answers now.

Step 3 (5 min)

When the time’s up, resume the video to show the lyrics extract 2 and repeat the steps above. Do the same for the lyrics extract 3.

Step 4 (10 – 15 min)

In the video, after the third lyrics extract, there will be the audios for each extract. PLAY the lyrics extracts so they can check their work. Play the extracts 2 or 3 times for them to check their corrections. Note. they are still working individually at this point.

Step 5 (10 min)

Divide students into small groups, and put them in BREAKOUT ROOMS. They are going to compare their answers and come to a final group decision on the corrections.

Step 6 (5 – 10 min)

Back to the main room. A student from each group (the captain) will send you (privately) the corrected sentences for the first extract in the CHAT BOX. Award points to the right corrections. Then, do the same with the other extracts. The group with more right corrections is the winner!

The ANSWER KEY is in the Instructions.pdf.

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