Modals & Subjunctives

The song “ANGEL´S LULLABY” is a love song and I would show it to my adult students. It´s a good song when the topic is Family. First, students read a quote from the song and guess what it is about. Then, they listen to the song and guess who the author has written it to and explain their choice. Finally, the teacher shows them the video so they can check. In the end, there may be a discussion in small groups about how well students get along with their family.


Age: Older Teens & Adults

The song “ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE” can be used for different purposes. Here, the focus is Grammar & Vocabulary. First, students say which world issue we face nowadays (among poverty, wars, corruption, religious intolerance, homofobia, natural disaters) is the worst and why. Then, they listen to the song and find out what it is about. After that, on a separate piece of paper, they complete sentences provided by the teacher using Modals of Advice, Possibility and Obligation or Subjunctives in order to express their opinion. When they finish the task, the teacher proofreads  their work and displays them on the Awareness Wall, so everyone can read them.


Age: Older Teens & Adults

The song “APRIL COME SHE WILL” is used here to practice Modals of Speculation. First, students talk about their favorite month of the year and their favorite season. Then, they listen to the song and try to guess what the author meant when he wrote it. Before they say what they think, the teacher shows them some points of view found in two links provided on the web. After that, and assuming they have practiced modals of speculation long enough throughout these past two weeks, they come up with their own theory using the structure learned.


Age: Adults

Past Modals are found in the song “COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT”, so the activity that follows provides students with an opportunity to practice the structure. Remember that students must have had some practice of the structure before doing this activity. First, students in pairs talk about the latest party they have been to. Allow some of them to share with the whole class in case you have time. Then, they name a few things we can do at a party (for example, eat, dance, drink, take pictures, etc…) After that, they listen to the song and identify the past modals. Finally, they come up with other things the author could have done at the party besides dancing.


 Age: Adults

“DO YOU REMEMBER” is about a relationship that ended. It makes us wonder what happened, so it´s a good song to practice Past Modals of Speculation. First, students say whether they agree or not with a quote about relationships.  Then, they rank reasons for a couple to break up and share them in pairs. Next, they listen to the song and try to find out what caused the couple to break up. Finally, they write at least three possible reasons using the structure suggested.


Age: Older Teens & Adults

Here, the focus of the song “HAZARD” is Modals of Speculation. First, based on a list of items found in the video of the song, students say what they are used for. Then, students listen to the song and guess what happened. In case they don´t guess it, they watch the video of the song, which is full of clues. After that, they speculate what may have happened and write sentences using the structure learned.


Age: Adults

Although Modals of Permission, Prohibition and Obligation are learned at an early age, the song “SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME” is appropriate for adults, so here’s the activity proposed for this song. First, students share their partying habits. Then, they listen to the song and say what kind of party rules they have for their children.


Age:  Adults

After practicing Modals of Permission, Prohibition and Obligation, students can listen to the song “ANY MAN OF MINE”. First, they list the qualities the ideal mate must have. Then, they listen to the song and find out about the author´s opinion. After that, they write down the qualities the author considers important in a man by using the modals they had been practicing.


Age: Older Teens & Adults

The song “NEXT YEAR” can be used to practice Going To to talk about resolutions. First, students write down at least three resolutions they have in mind for next year. Then, they listen to the song and guess what the author´s resolutions are. After that, they write their own version of the song and record an audio.


Age: Older Teens & Adults

The activity proposed for the song “DON´T WORRY ´BOUT A THING” is the same for the song “Beautiful Life”. First, students discuss whether they are optimistic or pessimistic about life. Then, they listen to the song and find out about the author. They will also be able to guess the name of the song. Finally, they share what the author suggests that we do in order to keep positive about life.


Age: Adults

“The song “BEAUTIFUL LIFE” is about being positive. First, students say whether they are optimist or pessimist and explain why. Then, they listen to the song and guess which one the author is. After that, they are supposed to use Modals and Subjunctives to talk about the author. Finally, they write a three-step recipe for a happy life using the structure suggested.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s