Find The Mistakes


Age: Older Teens & Adults

This activity can be done with any song. The song chosen here is “HAZARD”. All you have to do is replace 10 of the words in the song for synonyms, opposites or any other word. First, students guess what the song is about based on a quote from it. Then, they listen to the song and find out which words are different. After that, they check and  share what they think about the song and what happened. In the end, they could watch the video of the song and see whether they are right  or not.


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.


Age: Older Teens & Adults

The song “UNPRETTY” is a good opportunity for students to talk about Social Pressure and work on their listening skills.

OPTION 1: First, students say what they would change about their physical appearance if they could. Then, they listen to the song and find 10 mistakes in the lyrics. After that, they say how they think the author feels and whether they relate to her. Finally, they talk about Social Pressures.

OPTION 2: First, they are introduced to the vocabulary necessary for the discussion to be had. Then, they play a game using Past Modals to speculate about procedures done by a few celebrities.  After that, they say which procedure they would undergo and why. Finally, they engage into a group discussion on Social Pressures.


Age: Adults

“ANGELS” allows us to engage into a conversation and share about people we know. First, students guess the name of the song based on clues provided by the teacher. Then, they listen to the song and find ten words that shouldn´t be there. After that, they tell a peer about people they know that have been important in their lives.


Age: Teens

“WELCOME TO MY LIFE” is a song teenagers will definitely relate to. It´s great for the topic Social Pressures. The objective of the activity proposed here is engage students into a discussion by using the vocabulary learned. First, they list the difficulties they have been experiencing as teens and share them with a peer. After that, they listen to the song and say whether they relate to it or not. Then, they listen again and find 10 differences (synonyms for the language used in the lyrics.) In the end, students write a reply to the author.


Age: Older Teens & Adults

The activities proposed for the song “YOU AND ME” are recommended to wrap up a lesson on music styles and they can be used with any other song. The tasks suggested here aim to engage students into talking about music using whatever vocabulary they have learned in the lesson. First, they say what kind of music they listen to and list at least five types of music styles they are familiar with. Then, they listen to the song and find five words or phrases that are not originally there. After that, they say what they think about the song using the vocabulary they learned in the lesson.


Age: Teens & Adults

The activities proposed for the song “LOVE YOURSELF” are simple and focus on the vocabulary and listening for detail. First, students guess who the singer is based on clues given by the teacher. Then, they listen to the song to  find words that don´t belong to the lyrics. After that, they work on the vocabulary and its meaning and write sentences about themselves to finally share them with a peer.


Age: Older Teens & Adults

For the song “ALL OF ME”, the activities proposed are vocabulary practice and listening for detail. First, students listen to the song intro and guess its name. Then, they listen to the entire song and find the words that don´t belong to the lyrics. After that, they work on a vocabulary task. In the end, they write sentences about themselves using the vocabulary learned.


 Age: Older Teens & Adults

The activities proposed for the song “EVERYBODY IS CHANGING” are the following: First, students talk a little bit about the band, based on some pieces of information provided by the teacher. Then, they listen to the song and find 5 mistakes in it. After that, they list the new words in order of difficulty and write their definitions with the help of a dictionary or their cellphones.


Age: Older Teens & Adults

The song “CHASING CARS” is great to encourage students to use their imagination. The activity proposed here is the following: First, students use biographical fragments of information provided by the teacher to talk about the band. Then, they listen to the song and find 10 things that don´t belong in the lyrics. After that, they write their own version of the song and share it with their peers.


Age: Teens

The song “SMILE” gives students an opportunity to practice on synonyms. First, they will check items on a list and share with their peers what things they have done to make a friend smile. Then, they listen to the song and find what´s different. There are 10 synonyms for words and phrases in the song.) After that, students write them down and in the end, they google another song of their choice and replace words and phrases for synonyms. Finally, they share their songs with their peers.


Age: Adults

I recommend the song “MY LOVE” for an adult group. First, students will say what they know about the author. Then, they choose a word/phrase from two options given for each line. After that, they listen and check whether they were right. Finally, they correct a few grammar mistakes in the song.

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