Shallow – Lady Gaga (Oscar Awards 2019)

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Description:
This is a video and song-based activity for English language teaching featuring Lady Gaga’s Acceptance Speech for Best Original Song at the 2019 Oscar Awards, and also her performance of the winning song “Shallow”, by Bradley Cooper and Gaga herself, in which students talk about winning; find common ideas connecting those quotes about winning and the message in Gaga’s speech; watch the video and do a listening exercise, and finally, read the lyrics and find mistakes in verb forms.

Language level: Pre-Intermediate (B1) and above
Learner type: All ages
Skills: speaking, reading & listening
Topic: Winning
Language: Vocabulary related to winning, expressions to agree, disagree and express opinions
Materials:  Acceptance Speech video.mp4 , Acceptance Speech Worksheet, Shallow worksheet, and Shallow performance youtube video
Duration: 1h –  1h 30 min

Downloadable materials:  instructions; Acceptance Speech video.mp4 , Acceptance Speech Worksheet, Shallow worksheet

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Come Out and Play – Billie Eilish

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Description:
This is a video and song-based activity for English language teaching featuring the Apple ad  Holiday - Share Your Gifts featuring Billie Eilish’s song Come out and Play and also the video ‘Holiday - how I create music on IMac and IPhone’, in which students talk about talents; find common ideas connecting quotes about talent and sharing; watch a video ad and play a memory game with questions about it; do a listening exercise with another video in which the singer talks about creating music; listen to the song and put the lyrics in order

Language level: Pre-Intermediate (B1) and above

Learner type: All ages

Skills: speaking, reading & listening

Topics: talent and music

Language: Vocabulary related to talent and skills, expressions to agree, disagree and express opinions

Materials: Youtube videos, video activity Worksheet, cut-out song lyrics worksheet and mp3 file

Duration: 1h -  1h 30 min 

Downloadable materials:  instructions; worksheet part 3; song mp3; cut-out song slips part 4

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No Matter What – Calum Scott

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Description:
This song-based activity lesson plan for English language teaching features the song No Matter What by Calum Scott  and the official music video. Students talk about parent and children relationships, review irregular verbs and the Simple Past tense, watch an edited video, Write a narrative based on the video, listen to the song and do a listening exercise with the lyrics

Language level: Pre-Intermediate (B1) and above

Learner type: All ages

Skills: speaking, writing & listening

Topic: relationships

Language: Vocabulary related to family relationships, expressions to agree, disagree and express opinions

Materials: A vimeo edited video, youtube link for the official video, song mp3 file and song activity Worksheet

Duration: 1 hour

Downloadable materials: instructions; song mp3; song worksheet 

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Watch & Catch!

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Introducing a new, fun and original 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: common objects, animals, parts of the body, food, numbers, basic prepositions, adverbs of frequency, 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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Here Comes the Change (From the Motion Picture ‘On The Basis of Sex’) – Kesha

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Description:

This song-based activity lesson plan for English language teaching features the song ‘Here comes the Change’ by Kesha and the official music video. Students read quotes about gender inequality, talk about it, read the lyrics of the song and work with verb tenses, listen to the song, watch the music video and do a listening exercise with  it,

Language level: Pre-Intermediate (B1+) and above

Learner type: All ages

Skills: speaking, reading & listening

Topic: gender inequality

Language: Vocabulary related to gender inequality, expressions to agree, disagree and express opinions (good for Cambridge Exam preparation FCE)

Materials: Youtube video, mp3 file, and song activity Worksheet pdf

Duration: 1 hour

Downloadable materials: Here Comes- instructions; worksheet and mp3 file

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Big Love – The Black Eyed Peas

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Description:

This song-based activity lesson plan for English language teaching features the song Big Love (The Black Eyed Peas) and it does NOT make use of the official music video  (some scenes it portrays may be shocking for most students, however, if you consider it suitable for any specific class you have, use it at your own discretion.) 

In the activity, students talk about bullying, gun control, smartphones, and war, read and share opinions about those topics, listen to the song, do listening exercises with a worksheet and the lyrics, scan QR codes, read and write a text for homework,

Language level: intermediate (B2) and above

Learner type: All ages

Skills: speaking, listening, reading & writing

Topic: current controversial issues

Language: Vocabulary related to bullying, guns, smartphones, and war, expressions to agree, disagree and express opinions

Materials: cut out opinion + topic sheet + song activity Worksheet pdf – smartphones or other digital devices (tablet, laptop, etc) with a QR code reader app installed. Internet connection, wifi available for part 3.

Duration: 1 hour  (or 1h and 30 min if you have time to do step 9 in class + HW)

Downloadable materials: Big Love- instructions; cut-out opinion/issue sheet; song worksheet; song audio mp3

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Happier – Marshmello ft. Bastille

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Description:

This song-based activity lesson plan for English language teaching features Happier (Marshmelo ft. Bastille) and its official music video. Students talk about pets, watch a video, retell a story, write a text, listen to the song and do a listening exercise with the lyrics

Language level: Pre-Intermediate (B1) and above     

Learner type: All ages

Skills: speaking, writing & listening

Topic: pets

Language: Vocabulary related to pets, expressions to agree, disagree and express opinions

Materials: Youtube video and song activity Worksheet

Duration: 1 hour

Downloadable materials: Happier- Instructions; worksheet

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