Free lesson plans for current English songs with activities, lyrics and worksheet pdfs featuring innovative approaches to English language teaching
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This song-based activity lesson plan for English language teaching features the song “Only the Young” by Taylor Swift and the song lyric video. Students listen to a song extract and talk about feelings related to it, do a listening exercise identifying words from the song, play a song lottery game and watch a lyric video.
Language level: B1 and aboveLearner type: All agesSkills: speaking, reading and listeningTopic: Music and feelingsLanguage: Vocabulary related to music, expressing opinions and feelingsMaterials: Youtube video, worksheet pdf and mp3 fileDuration: 1 hour - 1h 30 minDownloadable materials: instructions; Song words worksheet; Song Lottery worksheet; song mp3
This song-based activity lesson plan for English language teaching features the song “Tattoos Together” by Lauv and the ‘clean’ version of the official music video. Students talk about tattoos; watch a video and play a memory game in teams, do a word search exercise, listen to the song, do a listening exercise with the lyrics, and write (answer) questions for the singer.
Language level: B1 and aboveLearner type: All agesSkills: speaking, reading, listening and writingTopic: Tattoos and relationshipsLanguage: Vocabulary related to tattoos, expressing opinions Materials: genially presentation, music video (clean version), worksheet and mp3 fileDuration: 1 hour - 1h 30 minDownloadable materials: instructions.pdf; music video (clean version); worksheet.pdf; song mp3
SONG PIECES is back! By using various short song extracts, it injects variety and liveliness to English language teaching classes. It generates student interaction and collaboration to identify specific things in the lyrics, in a light and fun way.
SONG PIECES is fast-paced, and its variety provides extra energy and fun at any moment the teacher needs:
Review, warm-up, extra grammar practice, or as a simple reward activity
In this ELT song-based activity, students work in teams and listen to 7 different short song extracts, and have to identify different grammar structures and vocabulary in each one.
Language level: all levels
Learner type: All ages
Skills: listening and writing
Language and grammar: comparative, prepositions, numbers, uncountable nouns, parts of the body, months, frequency adverbsDuration: 20 - 30 minutes
Downloadable materials: instructions; Song Extracts (mp3 files)
This song-based activity lesson plan for English language teaching features the song “You Can’t Stop the Girl” by Bebe Rexha and its official music video. Students talk about quotes related to women, listen to the song, use a word cloud to rewrite the lyrics, do an exercise based on Cambridge English: First (FCE) Use of English part 2 with the lyrics, watch the music video, and write a paragraph based on the song.
Language level: B1 and aboveLearner type: All agesSkills: speaking, reading, listening and writingTopic: Women empowermentLanguage: Vocabulary related to expressing and justifying opinions, agreeing and/or disagreeing and speculatingMaterials: Youtube video, worksheets and mp3 fileDuration: 1 hour - 1h 30 minDownloadable materials: instructions.pdf; Word Cloud slide;Use of English worksheet.pdf, song mp3
This song-based activity lesson plan for English language teaching features the songs ‘Clementine’ by Halsey, ‘Your Light’ by the Big Moon and ‘South of the Border’ by Ed Sheeran feat Camila Cabello & Cardi B, and their official music videos. Students talk about music videos and do a matching exercise with videos and song extracts, write a short narrative based on the videos and choose a theme song, read the lyrics of a song, watch music videos and make comparisons.
Language level: B1 and aboveLearner type: All agesSkills: speaking, reading, listening and writingTopic: Music Videos and comparisonsLanguage: Vocabulary related to music videos, songs, expressing opinions and making comparisonsMaterials: Youtube/ Vimeo videos, and mp3 filesDuration: 1 hour - 1h 30 minDownloadable materials: instructions.pdf; videos.mp4Song extracts mp3; QR codes Lyrics.pdf
This song-based activity lesson plan for English language teaching features the songs ‘Sunday’ by Neffex, ‘Something Special’ by Debby Smith and ‘Teeth’ by 5 Seconds of Summer and their official music videos. Students think and talk about connections between different things, listen to a song challenge and find out the word in common, watch music videos, read lyrics extracts, work together to make posters, evaluate each other’s work and explain and present their own work to others.
“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.” E. Y. Harburg
Song Activity Factory came to life mainly to help English language teaching professionals who feel that music in the form of songs surely has a fitting place in the ELT classroom. However, trying to find a ready-made song activity that features neither an ‘ancient’ song nor the most boring – and dreaded by students – type of exercise: gap filling, is time-consuming and mostly fruitless.
The song-based activities and lesson plans you find at Song activity Factory aim to motivate and engage students in a creative and fun way. In this post, you will see 5 ideas plus examples of song-based activities you can use to make your students speak more.