Watch & Catch 2023: Featuring music by Ed Sheeran, Pink, and Jack Harlow

Engage with the Beat: Innovative ‘Watch & Catch’ ESL Lesson with 2023’s Chart-Topping Music Videos


Welcome to the interactive ‘Watch & Catch’ ESL lesson with chart-topping music video excerpts from 2023! Designed for learners A2 level and above, this activity skillfully blends listening and writing skills for an engaging English learning experience.

Students will WATCH these extracts, immersing themselves in the world of Pink, Ed Sheeran, Jax Jones, Calum Scott & Jack Harlow, and then CATCH specific visuals in the videos along with words in the lyrics.

Adaptable for all ages, this real-world material makes learning English both exciting and relevant. Download the instruction PDF now, and let the learning begin!

Language level: A2 and above 
Learner type: All ages 
Skills: listening, writing, speaking
Topic: varied Language and grammar: adjectives, prepositions, subjects related to the song 
Materials: Music video excerpts (hosted on blog)
Duration: 20 -30 min 
Downloadable materials: Instructions.pdf

    Boost Listening and Observation Skills: Through identifying visual and auditory cues in music videos.

    Improve Writing Skills: By accurately noting down identified elements from songs and videos.

    Strengthen Teamwork and Cooperation: By promoting collaboration during the group activity to accomplish common goals..

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


Step 1: Introduction (5 min) 

Explain to your students that they will be doing a fun ‘Watch & Catch’ activity. They will watch five music video excerpts. In each video, they will need to find two things: one visual element in the video and one word or phrase in the song lyrics. For each video, they earn a point for each correct item they find. The team with the most points at the end wins! They will be looking and listening for a variety of things, like colors, numbers, adjectives, and family words. This activity is a fun way to practice listening and observation skills in English. 

Step 2: Team Formation (2 min) 

Divide your class into teams. Ensure students understand to write down their answers for later discussion, not to shout them out.

Step 3: Video Viewing (10 – 15 min) 

Before playing each video excerpt, write the elements students should ‘catch’ on the board and have them give you examples to make sure they know exactly what to look for and listen to.

Each video extract is recorded three times to give students ample opportunities to catch the elements.

Here are the things to find and listen to for each video (you’ll find the answers in the instructions.pdf)

Video extract 1 – P!nk – Trustfall

Listen to a part of the body or 1 Preposition 

Find a temporary home with many rooms 

Video extract 2 – Ed Sheeran – Spark 

Listen to a color 

Find a means of transportation 

Video extract 3 – Jax Jones, Calum Scott – Whistle 

Listen to parts of the body 

Find a number 

Video extract 4 – Jack Harlow – They Don’t Love It 

Listen to family words 

Find a fruit 

Video extract 5 – Ed Sheeran – End Of Youth

Listen to adverbs of frequency

Find a musical instrument

Step 4: Discussion (5 min) 

Allow time for teams to discuss and finalize their answers. Each team captain will then write their answers on a sheet and hand it to you.

Step 5: Scoring (5 min) 

Reveal the answers one by one, playing each video excerpt again if needed. Keep score of the students’ points on the board. The team with the most points wins! This fun, interactive lesson is perfect for enhancing listening and writing skills using popular music!

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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Happy teaching!  🙂

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