Verb Tenses

 

Age: Adults

The song “BECAUSE YOU LOVED ME” has verbs in the past. This activity can be used with any song with verbs in the past. First, students complete a sentence. Then, they listen to the song and underline the verbs in the past. After that, they fill in a chart with the verbs they found and practice pronunciation. Finally they play ping pong.The instructions for the game are in the powerpoint slides.


Age: Teens

The verb tense found in the song “THE ANTHEM” is the future. Students might relate to the song, for they are at an age when they are making plans or confused about their future. Others have no idea whatsoever. Therefore, this might turn out to be a great speaking activity. The structure to be used is Will X Going To. First students share a little bit about what their plans are. Then, they guess the name of the band. After that, they listen to the song and find out what the author´s plans are. Finally, they discuss in pairs or in small groups what childhood was like, what teenagehood is like and what they think adulthood will be like and which one they think is easier and why.


Age: Older Teens & Adults

The song “HAZARD” allows us to focus on the use of the Simple Past. First, based on a list of different items, students say what they are used for. The purpose of this task is provide students with vocabulary, so they are able to talk about the song later. Then, they listen to the song and by focusing on the verbs in the past, they try to guess what it is about. At this point, they still won´t know, so they finally watch the video of the song, which will leave no doubt. Afterwards, they answer questions about the video.


Age: Older Teens & Adults

Here is another possible way to work with the song “HAZARD”. First, students work on the Simple Past of a few verbs which happen to be in the lyrics and share them with a peer. Then, they listen to the song and fill in the blanks provided with the same verbs. After that, based on the lyrics, they guess what it is about and finally watch the video of the song to check whether they were right.


Age: Older Teens & Adults

The activity proposed for the song ˜MISUNDERSTOOD” relies entirely on the video. First, students have a little chat on what they were doing on recent specific historical events. Then, they watch the video and, based on the vocabulary presented in the video, they take notes of sentences using Simple Past X Past Continuous. In the end, they share their sentences in pairs.


Age: Adults

The activities proposed for the song “WONDERFUL TONIGHT” aim to practice Collocations and the Third Person. First, students work on a few collocations provided by the teacher. Then, they complete the collocations in the lyrics and listen to the song to check. After that, they work on more collocations necessary to talk about their morning routine. Finally, they sit in pairs and tell each other about what they do everyday. In the end, they report to class what their peer does by using the third person.


Age: Adults

This activity in particular has been designed for a group of adult beginners and whose sole purpose was to consolidate the grammar structure, which is the verb TO BE (questions and short answers). It is based on a reading activity in the book, which is a paragraph about a band called METRO 5. Instead of using that page, I used the powerpoint slides about a real band, MAROON 5. Because it is a group of real beginners, I didn’t focus on the lyrics of the song  but on the structure presented in the band’s biography. In the end, I did show the students the song “SHE WILL BE LOVED”, so students could know what this band is all about, but I did NOT use the lyrics.


Age: Adults

The song “COME AWAY WITH ME” is very soft and romantic. It could be used to practice Will for Intention. First, students list their plans for the rest of the day. After that, they listen to the song and find out what the author intends to do. Finally, they have a brief discussion on the lyrics.


Age: Teens

The song “NO ONE NEEDS TO KNOW” is great to practice Will for Intention. First, students brainstorm the word wedding. After that, they talk in pairs about which items they would do without and why. Then, they listen to the song and find out what the author´s plans for her wedding are by filling in the blanks with the vocabulary presented. Finally, they talk about their ideal wedding.


Age: Adults

The activity proposed for the song “EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY” allows students to practice the Simple Past. First, students share what they know about the singer. After that, they are given fragments of biographical information (about the singer) to be put together and shared with the whole class. Then, they listen to the song and guess its name. Finally, they prepare a 2-5 minute presentation about their favorite singer.


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 guess what the author´s resolutions are by filling in the blanks. After that, they listen and check. Finally, they write their own version of the song and record an audio.


Age: Teens

Will for predictions and promises can be practiced with the help of the song “ALL NIGHT”. First, students guess the name of the band by reading a quote from the song. Then, They are introduced to the vocabulary necessary to understand the song. After that, they listen to the song and read its lyrics to find examples of WILL for prediction and promises. Finally, they write sentences about themselves using the structure suggested.


Age: Older Teens and Adults

For the song “22”, you can first engage students into talking about their future by using “will” for predictions. Then, they will listen to the song and read the lyrics and, based on those lyrics, they will guess the meaning of a few words and phrases provided. After that, they will predict what will happen to the character in the song and share their predictions with a peer.

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