Songs for Cambridge English: First (FCE) You Can’t Stop the Girl – Bebe Rexha

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Description:

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 above
Learner type: All ages
Skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing
Topic: Women empowerment
Language: Vocabulary related to expressing and justifying opinions, agreeing and/or disagreeing and speculating
Materials: Youtube video, worksheets and mp3 file
Duration: 1 hour - 1h 30 min
Downloadable materialsinstructions.pdf; Word Cloud slide; Use of English worksheet.pdf, song mp3

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Songs to Teach English: Connecting Videos, Narratives and Songs Creatively

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Description:

This song-based activity lesson plan for English language teaching features the songs ‘Clementine’ by Halsey,Your Lightby the Big Moon and ‘South of the Borderby 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 above
Learner type: All ages
Skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing
Topic: Music Videos and comparisons
Language: Vocabulary related to music videos, songs, expressing opinions and making comparisons
Materials: Youtube/ Vimeo videos, and mp3 files
Duration: 1 hour - 1h 30 min
Downloadable materialsinstructions.pdf; videos.mp4 Song extracts mp3; QR codes Lyrics.pdf 

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Using Songs to Teach English: Song Challenge and Chat Stations

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Description:

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.

Language level: B1 and above
Learner type: All ages
Skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing
Topic: Connections
Language: Vocabulary related to connections, and presentations
Materials: Youtube videos, Chat station pdf and materials to make posters
Duration: 1 hour - 1h 30 min
Downloadable materialsinstructions; Song Challenge MP3 files; Chat Stations pdf

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Lewis Capaldi [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 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 ages
Skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing
Topic: Hugs and relationships
Language: Vocabulary related to relationships, contrasting, comparing, speculating
Materials: Youtube video, worksheets and mp3 file
Duration: 1 hour - 1h 30 min
Downloadable materialsinstructions; Photograph worksheet; Chorus worksheet; song mp3

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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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FCE Practice with song lyrics: Reading and Use of English (Part 1)

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WORKSHEET INFO:

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.

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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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