IDGAF

Age: Older Teens & Adults

The idea here is to discuss the reasons behind songs, that is, what drives song writers to write certain types of song. They write for many reasons, either to express discontent  with a certain topic, which could be a political view, family issues, a broken heart, or a positive experience, instead. In a nutshell, they can talk about anything. Keep in mind that the more engaging your attitude is towards this task, the more engaged students will be. Believe it or not, a lot can be said. However, older teenagers and adults are “hard” to please, and they don’t get excited easily. So, it´s the teacher´s job to give the tone to the activity. For the song IDGAF , after a brief discussion, students will listen to the song and decide how they writes feels, in other words, the reason behind the lyrics. They will also guess the name of the song. In the end, they will write their own song and share them with their peers.

 

 

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Don’t Stop Believing

Age: Adults

For the song “DON’T STOP BELIEVING”, students will first combine fragments of information in order to guess and talk about the band. Then, arranged in small  groups, they will be provided with pieces of the song to be put in order. After that, they will listen to the song and check whether their sequence is correct. They will also have to guess the name of the song after that and finally, they will share what they think about the song.

Man In The Mirror

Age: Older Teens & Adults

The song “MAN IN THE MIRROR” is another great song which allows students to engage into a discussion on our role in the world. My suggestion is: First, students share what they know about the singer (he´s not the author of this song) and what they think about his music. Then, they listen to the song and read the lyrics in order to find out who the “man in the mirror” is. Next, they work on the vocabulary by matching the words and phrases provided with their definitions. Finally, they write a reflective paragraph about what they think the message in the song is.

 

I Can´t Forget About You

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.

Brothers In Arms

Age: Adults

The song “BROTHERS IN ARMS” gives room for reflection. The goal is engage students into writing. First, they read words taken from the lyrics and guess what the song is about. Then, they guess where those words go in the lyrics and listen to the song in order to check whether they are right. After that, they reflect and discuss what they think the last line in the lyrics means. Finally, they write a letter of reply.

All Night

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.

Fuck You

Age: Adults

The song “FUCK YOU” allows us to work on vocabulary practice and inferring meaning. First, students are asked what reasons motivate song writes to write. After they share their opinion, they listen to the song and guess what made the author write this particular song. Then, they work on a vocabulary comprehension task and finally, they personalize it.

 

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.

Rehab

Age: Adults

The activity proposed for the song “REHAB” is the same proposed for the song “SOBER” and it allows students to talk about Bad Habits. First, they guess the name of the song. Then, they listen to the song and find out which bad habit she has and how she feels about it. After that, they talk about which bad habits they have and how hard it is for them to kick them.