Enhance your students’ language skills with this dynamic song-based activity featuring Passenger‘s “What You’re Waiting For.” Students will share their favorite songs, match song lyrics to images, order sentences, and complete a listening exercise with the lyrics. An exciting learning experience awaits!
Language level: B1 and above Learner type: All ages Skills: speaking, reading, listening, writing Topic: Music and Language skills development Materials: genially presentation, Interactive worksheet/pdf worksheet, Youtube video Duration: about an hour Downloadable materials: Instructions.pdf, Worksheet.pdf
OBJECTIVES OF THIS LESSON PLAN: - Encourage students to share their opinions about what makes a good song and their favorite songs. - Enhance students' listening and speaking skills through group activities and discussions. - Improve students' language skills by matching sentences with pictures and describing their thoughts.
Welcome to the Song Activity Factory! Here, we follow the rules of The Creative Jedi Code:
STEP-BY-STEP LESSON PLAN
Step 1 (5 min)
Ask your students to tell you what makes a good song. Is it the rhythm, the singer/ band or the message?
Ask students to share their opinions and ask them to tell you their favorite songs and why they like them.
Step 2 (7 min)
Tell your students that you are going to work with three sentences from a song.
Genial.ly presentation LINK. Show the slide 1 with the 3 sentences:
A It’s really too big to ignore
B I just don’t know what you’re waiting for
C You’ve got a beautiful garden, but you never stop to smell the roses
Check if students know the vocabulary.
Tell students that these are sentences from the lyrics of a song. See if any student recognizes it. (don’t expect them to)
Step 3 (3 min)
Show the slide 2 with the 3 pictures with speech bubbles. Have some students describe the pictures.
Step 4 (7 min)
In pairs (breakout rooms) the students match the sentences and the people. They have to come up with an explanation to why the person (or animal) is thinking that in 15 to 20 words.
Step 5 (10 min)
The pairs share their ideas and explain why the people are thinking that.
Step 6 (10 min)
Tell students you’re going to play the song. Their task is to put the sentences in the order they hear them.
Play the song twice. Ask students to write their answers in the chat box.
Step 7 (10 min)
Share the LINK to the interactive worksheet. (there’s also the pdf version in the download section in the description). Students fill in the gaps with the words in the box, then listen and check.
SEE ANSWERS IN THE INSTRUCTIONS.PDF
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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That’s it for this week! I hope this activity is helpful and enjoyable!
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