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Posted on November 21, 2012 in Welcome by sibels

You can find links to popular songs with their lyrics, lesson plans and handouts that you can easily use in your class. All you need to do is to choose the right level, topic or objective that you want to cover with your students.

Help yourself to a song please :)

 

Why use songs in class?

Posted on November 21, 2012 in Why use songs by sibels  Tagged

Music, as an international language, takes a very important part in our lives; especially in our students’ lives. While reading a book, driving a car, having a cup of coffee with our friends, don’t you listen to music; doesn’t it change the atmosphere of the place; doesn’t it change your mood easily? So, why not use songs in class while students are reading a text, writing an essay, filling in the blanks? What’s more, why not use songs that are popular among our students in class to present or practise a grammar goal in English or teach vocabulary or even practise different skills?

 

Here, in this blog you will find a variety of songs with their teaching ideas and handouts. Your feedback and contributions are highly appreciated.

 

Friday Song Project with my students

Posted on June 2, 2014 in Project by sibels

Friday last lessons, especially the last 10-15 minutes, have always been difficult  both for me and for my students. Knowing that weekend holiday will start soon, their motivation starts to decrease and it becomes really hard to keep them in class.

I teach EAP (English for academic Purposes) at Sabanci University, School of Languages, Istanbul, Turkey and we use our own institutional book, “Beyond the Boundaries“, which “is an academic course book series designed to cater for the needs of students in the ‘preparatory’ schools of English-medium universities”. The topics and the texts & tasks in the book may be challenging for the students especially on Fridays in the last lessons.

At the beginning of this academic year (2013-2014) while setting my targets, I focused on this issue and came up with this “Friday Songs” Project. Each week a volunteer would choose a song, prepare a gap-fill activity and bring the print outs to class on Friday. In the last 10-15 minutes we would listen to the song, do the activity and post it in our class Moodle, namely SUCoursePlus (SCP) for further reference.

Did it work do you think?

YESSSSSSS:)))

They loved the idea and we had a song for each week. I have never commented on their choices or gave feedback because it is not their job to create a perfectly designed gap fill activity. The aim was to have them on task till the end of the last minute of the week and it seems I have achieved my aim.

Here is the task that I have posted on our Section SCP on the first day of the academic semester (Please click on the image to make it bigger):

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I prepared the first one as a modal for my students and asked for a volunteer for the following week. At first they all hesitated but as is the case usually, there was a volunteer after a few minutes’ silence. This continued till the last week of the academic year with new volunteers every week, without hesitations any more, and new songs:)) They were all eager to choose a song & prepare materials for them and the best thing was to see that they were all on task till the last 10 minutes of the Friday lesson, when it was time to listen to the song of their own preference.

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I asked their feedback from time to time and I was glad to learn that they were all positive about the project and waiting for their turn to prepare a new song.

I strongly suggest you give it a try and apply this in your classes. Please do not forget to let me know how it went in your classes:))

Happy projects & songs.

Sibel

 

“Go Gentle” by Robbie Williams

Posted on January 23, 2014 in Adjectives by sibels

Here is another song to practice adjectives. Enjoy:)

Worksheet: GO GENTLE

“Somewhere only we know” by Lily Allen

Posted on January 23, 2014 in prepositions,travel by sibels

This is a very nice song to practice prepositions, which you can use at all levels. You may want to provide the prepositions that they need to complete the blanks in a box or you can write them up on the board.

Here is the worksheet : Somewhere only we know.

 

The Boxer by Simon And Garfunkel

Posted on November 5, 2013 in Articles by sibels  Tagged , , ,

A very good song to practice articles with pre-int or intermediate students. Have fun :))

Worksheet:The Boxer by Simon and Art Grafunkel

Gotta travel on- Bob Dylan

It is a very nice song by Bob Dylan after or before you study a unit about travel with your students. The worksheet is prepared to work with different forms of verbs.

Click on the title here to download the worksheet: Gotta Travel on

Pastime Paradise by Patti Smith and Steve Wonder

Posted on February 13, 2013 in Vocabulary,Word Formation by sibels  Tagged , , , ,

A good song to practise word formation for upper intermediate students. Enjoy :)) You can download the WORKSHEET here.

 

Love Street- The Doors

You can use this song to practise Present Simple Tense (especially 3rd person singular verb agreement) with elementary students.

WORKSHEET- Love Street

Everything at Once – Lenka

The song, featured in a TV advertisement for Windows 8 in 2012, can be used to practise similes and comparative “as…as” with intermediate and upper students.

WORKSHEET-Everything at Once

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