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 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.
This song-based activity lesson plan for English language teaching features the song Hold Me While You Wait by Lewis Capaldi and its lyric video. Students talk about hugging and relationships and compare photographs (Cambridge English: First and First for Schools), speculate about the meaning of a song, guess words from lyrics, watch a lyric video, and rewrite the chorus of a song.
Language level: B1+ B2 Learner type: All agesSkills: speaking, reading, listening and writingTopic: Hugs and relationshipsLanguage: Vocabulary related to relationships, contrasting, comparing, speculatingMaterials: Youtube video, worksheets and mp3 fileDuration: 1 hour - 1h 30 minDownloadable materials: instructions; Photograph worksheet; Chorus worksheet; song mp3
This song-based activity lesson plan for English language teaching features the song Birds by Imagine Dragons and its animated music video. Students talk about music and the band Imagine Dragons, do a google search race in groups, participate in a running dictation (biography race), play a kahoot! (optional), watch a video, write a short narrative, do a listening exercise with the lyrics (optional) and talk about the song and the video.
This is a song-based activity lesson plan for English language teaching, in special Cambridge English: First (FCE) exam preparation. This lesson plan features the song “To be human” and its official music video. Students talk about Organized Protests and do a vocabulary matching exercise, watch a video, talk about protest-related pictures, do a Use of English Part 2 exercise, listen to the song, talk about its meaning. It also includes a bonus listening pronunciation exercise by TubeQuizard.
Language level: (B1+/B2) Learner type: All agesSkills: speaking, reading, listening and writingTopic: Organized protestLanguage: Vocabulary related to protests, agreeing/disagreeing and expressing opinions Materials: Youtube video, worksheets and mp3 fileDuration: 1 hour - 1h 30 minDownloadable materials: instructions; Vocabulary worksheet; Use of English worksheet; photos; song mp3
This is a free Reading and Use of English part 1 exercise to practice for the Cambridge English: First (FCE) exam. It uses the lyrics to Sing it with me by JP Cooper & Astrid S. This exercise can be used in conjunction with this song-based lesson plan.
To download the Worksheet and answer key click here.