Birds – Imagine Dragons [a Lesson Plan for English Language Teaching]

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Description:

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.

Language level:  (A2+) and above
Learner type: All ages
Skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing
Topics: Music and life backgrounds
Language: Vocabulary related to music, instruments and bands
Materials: Youtube video, worksheets and mp3 file, mobile devices and Internet access (for the google search race and the optional kahoot!)
Duration: 1 hour - 1h 30 min
Downloadable materialsinstructions; Google search worksheet; Biography Race Text + group Questions worksheet; Lyrics worksheet; song mp3

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Songs for Cambridge English: First (FCE) To be Human – Marina

mariina to be human

Description:

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 ages
Skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing
Topic: Organized protest
Language: Vocabulary related to protests, agreeing/disagreeing and expressing opinions 
Materials: Youtube video, worksheets and mp3 file
Duration: 1 hour - 1h 30 min

Downloadable materialsinstructions; Vocabulary worksheet; Use of English worksheet; photossong mp3

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All Language Skills in One Song for the Cambridge English: First (FCE) – Sing It With Me, JP Cooper

sing it with meDescription:
This song-based activity lesson plan for English language teaching features the song Sing it with me by JP Cooper/ Astrid S and its official music video. Students talk about photos and create characters and life backgrounds, write and compare short narratives, watch a music video, do a listening exercise with the lyrics, and write a story.

Language level: B2 and above
Learner type: All ages
Skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing
Topic: Character, feelings, life stories
Language: Vocabulary to describe appearance, character, feelings, and narrative tenses
Materials: Youtube video, worksheet, photos, and mp3 file
Duration: 1 hour - 1h 30 min

Downloadable materials:  instructions; Listening worksheet; Photos; song mp3

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On a Roll – Ashley O (Miley Cyrus)

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Description:

This song-based activity lesson plan for English language teaching features the song On a Roll by Ashley O (Miley Cyrus) and its official music video. Students talk about success and do a vocabulary exercise, watch and compare music videos, listen to the song, and do a listening exercise with the lyrics.

Language level: B1 and above
Learner type: All ages
Skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing (with backchannel)
Topics: success, music
Language: success idioms, expressing opinions, comparisons
Materials: Youtube videos, worksheets, and mp3 file 
Duration: 1 hour - 1h 30 min

Downloadable materials:  instructions; vocabulary and lyrics worksheet; song mp3

 

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Teaching With Music Videos: Watch & Catch 2!

WATCH CATCH

We are back with the fun and original music video activity for English language teaching – WATCH & CATCH –  containing excerpts from music videos for current songs, in which students have to ‘catch’ visuals in the video excerpts, as well as words in the lyrics of the songs.

Description:  In this activity, students work in teams to identify, visually and audibly,  grammar and/or vocabulary words in the music video and lyrics. as a competition; they are awarded points for each right item identified. 
Language level: A2+ and above     
Learner type: All ages
Skills: listening, writing
Topic: varied
Language and grammar: sports, means of transportation, common objects, animals, past tense verbs, food, numbers, countries, adjectives,
Materials: vimeo video  and a blank sheet of paper for each group (to write down their answers)
Duration: 20 -30 min
Downloadable materials: none

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Teaching with SONG PIECES 2!

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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
Description:
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
Topic: varied
Language and grammar: nationality, clothes, adjectives, parts of the body, modal verbs (can/could), nature words connected to water
Materials: edited mp3 files for the songs used 
Duration: 20 - 30 minutes
Downloadable materials:  instructions; Song Extracts (mp3 files)

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Mother’s Day Flashback: Losing My Religion

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Description:
This song-based activity lesson plan for English language teaching features “Losing My Religion” by REM, and its official music video. Students review ways of expressing opinions, agreeing and disagreeing, talk about the meaning of the song, read and discuss people’s opinions about it, watch the music video, and talk about its connection with the lyrics

Language level: intermediate (B1+) and above
Learner type: All ages
Skills: speaking (Cambridge English First Exam - FCE preparation), and reading.
Topic: song meaning and sharing opinions in Cambridge exams 
Language: Vocabulary related to opinions, agreeing, disagreeing, and interaction
Materials: Youtube video, worksheets, and mp3 file
Duration: 1 hour - 1h 30min
Downloadable materials:  instructions; Lyrics worksheet+ opinions; song mp3


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