Description: 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
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
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
NEW CATEGORY AT SONG ACTIVITY FACTORY!
There are great resources for English language teaching on the Internet, and Song Activity Factory is always searching for interesting things connected to SONGS that could spice up your ESL, EFL, ESOL classes.
We are adding a new category for Song Activity Factory entitled USEFUL YOUTUBE CHANNELS for teaching English with songs!
Most English language teaching professionals feel that English songs have a fitting place in the ESL/EFL classroom. However, trying to find a ready-made song activity which features neither an activity with an ‘ancient’ song nor the dreaded gap-filling exercise is time-consuming.
With this in mind, Song Activity Factory will start featuring posts on how to create different song activities with step-by-step suggestions, in a flexible template format, to facilitate and save precious time for busy teachers and ESL/EFL professionals.
Activity Idea 01 – EMAIL FEELINGS
How about preparing your students for the Cambridge English First (FCE) writing and speaking papers and, at the same time, providing some relaxing fun time with a song/music video? That’s what ‘EMAIL FEELINGS’ is all about.
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)
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