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Age: Older Teens & Adults

The song “HEAL THE WORLD” is used here to engage students into a discussion on world issues. First, students list the top three major problems in the world. Then, they are introduced to the vocabulary needed to understand the lyrics. After that, they listen to the song and fill in the blanks with the verb THERE TO BE. Finally, they write about the problems their country has by using the structure learned.

The other option for the song is to focus on a writing piece.


Age: Older Teens & Adults

The task suggested for the song “FIX YOU” is the following: First, students say what they may know about the band. Then, they guess what goes in 9 blanks. After that, they listen to the song and check. Finally, with the help of I-pads (provided by the teacher), they google their favorite song, copy and paste it to an editing document and delete five to ten easy words for their peers to guess.


Age: Older Teens & Adults

We can practice Verb + O + Infinitives with the song “DON´T TELL ME”. First, students talk about personality traits. Then, they go over a list of verbs and check comprehension and pronunciation. After that, they listen to the song and use the infinitive form of the verbs learned to fill in the blanks. Finally, they complete sentences, so they are true for them and when they finish, they share the sentences with a peer.


Age: Older Teens & Adults

The song “4 MINUTES” is about Taking Action. First, students discuss the meaning of the idiom THE ROAD TO HELL IS PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS. Then, they listen to the song and guess the meaning of the title. Finally, they are invited to reflect on a situation proposed by the teacher and take action on it.


Age: Teens

The song “I CAN’T FORGET ABOUT YOU” is an opportunity for students to talk about music. First, they share what they know about the band and the kind of music they like or don´t. Then, they fill in the blanks with words they think are suitable. After that, they listen to the song and check whether they are right.  FInally, they illustrate the song and have the illustrations made into an animation.


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.


Age: Older Teens& Adults

For the song “HAZARD”, students first guess what the song is about by taking a short quiz. Then, they are introduced to the vocabulary and after that, they listen to the song and fill in the blanks with words that rhyme the ones that appear in bold. After that, based on the lyrics, they share what they think the song is about and finally, they watch the video of the song to check.


 Age: Older Teens & Adults

The song “I CAN´T LIE” is nice to be played for older teenagers (they will even sing along) and adults of course.  First, they work on some vocabulary that will enable them to engage into a conversation. Then, they listen to the song and fill in the blanks. Finally, they wrap the activity up talking about relationships and sharing personal experiences.


Age: Adults

The song “PHOTOGRAPH” is good to wrap up a lesson on Relative Causes or Inferring Meaning. First, students take a quiz and share their answers with a peer. Then, they fill in the blanks with suitable words. After that, they listen to the song and check whether they are right about the words they used. Next, they reflect on the relationship described in it and guess what kind of relationship that is. In the end, they find at least 5 relative clauses in it and personalize them.

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