Hot n’Cold

Age: Older Teens and Adults

The song “HOT N’COLD” allows us to focus on using adjectives to describe people´s personalities. First, students are asked to draw a few adjectives as a way to show how familiar they are with them. Then, they listen to the song and find examples of opposites in the lyrics. They are also supposed to infer adjectives that are not in the lyrics. In the end, they say whether they have met people with mood swings.

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Help

Age: Adults

The song “HELP” is an opportunity for students to practice describing personalities. First, they say what kind of personality they think the performer has. Then, they listen to the song and find out its name. After that, and based on the lyrics, they say what the author was like in the past and what he is like now. Finally, they surf the net to find out who the author is.

Complicated

Age: Teens

The activity proposed for the song “COMPLICATED” aims to practice talking about feelings by using Time Clauses. First, students guess (from a list provided by the teacher) which adjectives they are going to be able to infer from the lyrics. Then, they listen to the song and find out whether they were right. After that, they say why the author is upset and also list the things that make them feel upset. Finally, they share their sentences with a peer using the structure suggested.

The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You

Age: Teens & Adults

The song “THE ONLY THING THAT LOOKS GOOD ON ME IS YOU” is great to practice adjectives for describing clothes. Assuming they have already learned vocabulary related to clothes, show them pictures and words, so they can review them. They go over the vocabulary checking comprehension and pronunciation because after that, they will describe their favorite outfit to each other. Then, they watch the video of the song and write as many phrases as they can. After that, they listen to the song and underline the phrases the author uses to describe clothes. In the end, students discuss how they relate to fashion and shopping for clothes.

A Heart In New York

Age: Older Teens & Adults

Lessons about traveling usually present vocabulary that describes places, so if this is the case of your class, this activity is right for you. The goal is writing about a place, so assuming they have already learned vocabulary to describe places, they brainstorm the word New York. After that, they talk for some minutes about the city. Then, they listen to the song “A HEART IN NEW YORK” and tell each other what adjectives they can use to describe it based on the lyrics. Finally, they use whatever vocabulary learned to write about a city.