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

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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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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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Broken & Beautiful – Kelly Clarkson

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Description:
This song-based activity lesson plan for English language teaching features the song Broken & Beautiful by Kelly Clarkson and the official music video. Students talk about movies, do a crosswords exercise with words from the lyrics, listen to the song and do a gap-fill listening exercise with the words found in the crosswords

Language level: Basic (A2) and above
Learner type: All ages
Skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing
Topic: Movies
Language: Vocabulary related to movies, expressing opinions
Materials: Youtube video, worksheets pdf, and mp3 file
Duration: 1 hour 
Downloadable materials:  instructions; worksheet; song mp3

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Better Man – Westlife

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Description:

This short and fun song-based activity for English language teaching features the song “Better Man” by Westlife. Students talk about Music, work in small groups, listen to the song and order a set of words according to the order they are sung. As an optional extension (part 3), students watch the music video and do a speaking exercise.

Language level: Basic (A2) and above
Learner type: All ages
Skills: Listening, group interaction, collaboration, teamwork
Topic: Music, simple vocabulary
Language: group interaction
Materials: cut-out worksheet pdf, and mp3 file (youtube video - optional)
Duration: 20 - 30 min (without part 3)
Downloadable materials:  instructions;  cut out worksheet; song mp3

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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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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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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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