Ideas for teaching English through songs

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Every teacher knows that students love learning English with songs… I’ve found a very interesting website on the topic: http://www.musicalenglishlessons.org/popsongs (see related links). It shows a variety of listening activities ready for you to print and use!
If you want more ideas, the books “Cem aulas, sem tédio” and “Teacher Tools” (the first one by Vivian Magalhães and Vanessa Amorim, and the second one by Vivian Magalhães) present many ideas for listening activities. Then, you just have to choose a song that your students may enjoy, get the lyrics in a website (http://www.lyrics.com/, for example), and prepare your task.

You can see below an activity that I learned in my Teacher Training Course, at Quatrum, about 3 years ago. I’ve used it both with basic and advanced levels, and it worked really well.

First, you have to ask students to mention words that rhyme with TAKE and DAY. As they mention, you write them on the blackboard. Then, you tell them they’re gonna listen to a song, and they must fill in the blanks with the missing words, which rhyme with ‘take’ and ‘day’. Then, as you check the answers, you help them interpret the lyrics. It’s very simple, but perfect for an icebraker!

I hope it’s useful! For more activities with songs, click on the link Song Activities, where you can find other worksheets available for download.

Every breath you take – by The Police
Every breath you ________
Every move you ________
Every bond you _________
Every step you __________
I’ll be watching you
Every single ________
Every word you ________
Every game you ________
Every night you ________
I’ll be watching ________

 
Oh can’t you see
you belong to me?
How my poor heart ________
With every step you ________
Every move you ________
Every vow you _________
Every smile you _________
Every claim you _________
I’ll be watching you
Since you’ve gone I’ve been lost without a trace
I dream at night
I can only see your face

I look around but it’s you I can’t replace
I feel so cold and I long for your embrace
I keep crying baby, baby please…

Oh can’t you see

you belong to me?
How my poor heart _________
with every step you _________

Every move you _________
Every vow you   _________
Every smile you _________
Every claim you _____
____
I’ll be watching you
Every move you ________
Every step you _________
I’ll be watching you
I’ll be watching you
I’ll be watching you
I’ll be watching you
I’ll be watching you …

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