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Working with songs in the ESL classroom

Do you use songs in your ESL classroom? Here you will find many innovative activities and teaching ideas to provide both relevant content matter and fun for your English learners. Visit my other website here if you want to find out about other ESL and music projects of mine. Click here if you want to listen to Jude Rock and Talk latest album “Azul”. I am lead singer and I also co-write songs for the band.

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Hero by Mariah Carey and Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler. Talking about heroes.

Divide your students into As and Bs. Have As copy this from the board. And then…With the…And you…And you…So when…Look…And you’ll…That a… Have Bs copy this from the board. I need…I’m holding out…He’s gotta…And he’s gotta… I need…I’m holding out…He’s gotta…And he’s gotta… 2. Tell them to get their mobile phones and headphones. As findContinue reading “Hero by Mariah Carey and Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler. Talking about heroes.”

Ain’t Got No, I Got Life by Nina Simone. Collecting words from a song.

Divide your class of students into two large groups: “Ain’t Got No” y “Got Life”. Tell your students that they are going to listen to a song where the singer shares with the listeners the things she has and the things she does not have. Explain that every time she starts a line with “Ain’tContinue reading “Ain’t Got No, I Got Life by Nina Simone. Collecting words from a song.”

Our House by Madness. Working with song lyrics: True or False.

Find the song lyrics for “Our House” by Madness and have students read the lyrics by providing enough printed copies or you can ask them to look for the lyrics on their phones. Give them about ten minutes or so and circulate to provide help with difficult words. Tell them that they will be doingContinue reading “Our House by Madness. Working with song lyrics: True or False.”

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