Crying

Age: Adults

The song “CRYING” can be used to engage students into a discussion on Breaking up and also focus on the Simple Past.

OPTION 1: First,  students work on a puzzle to find the past form of the verbs in the song. Then, they listen to the song and fill in the blanks with the verbs found in the puzzle. Finally, they fill in a chart with the verbs in order to consolidate the past form.

OPTION 2: First, students talk for some minutes about Breaking up. Then, they listen to the song and find out who ended the relationship. Finally, assuming the song is a letter, they write a reply to it.

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Beautiful

Age: Older Teens & Adults

The song “BEAUTIFUL” is a good song to discuss self image, an issue teenagers relate to. First, students, in pairs, describe each other. Then, they report what they heard to a third person who will say whether their description was accurate or not. Then, they listen to the song and find mistakes in it. After that, they say whether they agree that we are more beautiful than we think. Finally, they write a piece on the topic.

This used To Be My Playground

Age: Adults

The song “THIS USED TO BE MY PLAYGROUND” provides students with the opportunity to practice Would and Used To. Assuming they have practiced the structure for awhile, here´s what I suggest: First, students talk in pairs about their childhood. Then, they guess what the song is specifically about. Finally, they use the topics for conversation to write a paragraph.

Used To

Age: Older Teens & Adults

The song “USED TO” allows us to practice Would and Used To. First, students share in pairs three things they used to do in the past. After that, they listen to the song, which is about a relationship that has changed. They find out what the author´s relationship was like and report to the teacher using Used To. Finally, they write about a past memory or habit using the structure.

Bye Bye

Age: Older Teens & Adults

The song “BYE BYE” is used here to practice Simple Past, Would and Used To for past memories and past habits. First, students share in pairs information on things they used to do as children (a game they used to play, a food they used to eat, a cartoon they used to watch, etc). After that, they listen to the song and find out about things the author and her late father used to do. Finally, they write about one past memory of theirs using the structure.

You´ll See

Age: Adults

We can practice WILL for Predictions and Promises with the song “YOU´LL SEE”. First, students guess who the singer is. Then, they predict what the singer will do after breaking up with her boyfriend. After that, they listen to the song and check. Finally, they pretend they have broken up with their significant other and write a letter telling them how they feel, using the structure suggested.

You´ll be in my heart

Age: Older Teens & Adults

The song “YOU´LL BE IN MY HEART” can be used to talk and write about Prejudice. First, students talk about cartoons and what lessons we can learn from them. After that, they look at the pictures of three cartoons and guess what they have in common. Next, they listen to the song and say what it is about. Finally, they have a brief discussion on the topic and write their opinion about it.

Heal The World

Age: Older Teens & Adults

The song “HEAL THE WORLD” is used here to engage students into a discussion on world issues. First, students watch the video of the song and guess what it is about. Then, they are introduced to the vocabulary needed to understand the lyrics. After that, they listen to the song again and read the lyrics to check comprehension. Finally, they write a letter to their children telling them what kind of people they expect their children to be when they grow up.

The other option for the song is to focus on the verb THERE TOBE.