Using Songs to Teach English: Five ideas to make students speak (and enjoy the process)

Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.” E. Y. Harburg

Song Activity Factory came to life mainly to help English language teaching professionals who feel that music in the form of songs surely has a fitting place in the ELT classroom. However, trying to find a ready-made song activity that features neither an ‘ancient’ song nor the most boring – and dreaded by students – type of exercise: gap filling, is time-consuming and mostly fruitless.

The song-based activities and lesson plans you find at Song activity Factory aim to motivate and engage students in a creative and fun way. In this post, you will see 5 ideas plus examples of song-based activities you can use to make your students speak more.

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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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Songs for Teaching 1: Email Feelings

 

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.

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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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Song Lottery & Writing Emails

SASHA

Description:

This ELT song activity is based on the song “Older” by Sasha Sloan and its official music video. Students talk about family, play a song lottery game, watch a video and write an email.

Language level: B1 and above
Learner type: All ages
Skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing
Topic: family
Language: Vocabulary related to family, expressing opinions and writing e-mails
Materials: Youtube video, worksheet pdf, and mp3 file
Duration: 1 hour - 1h 30 min

Downloadable materials:  instructions; song lottery worksheet; song mp3

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Watch & Catch!

WATCH CATCH

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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