World Issues

 

Age: Older Teens & Adults

The song “ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE” can be used for different purposes. Here, the focus is Reflection & Discussion. The one presented here focuses on the third. First, students guess the name of the singer. Then, they listen to the song and based on the lyrics, they decide whether it´s about poverty, the environment or intolerance. After that, they engage into a discussion on what causes poverty to exist, whether it is possible to end it and what we can do to end it. This is an opportunity for students to use Modals of Advice (should & ought to) and Subjunctives ( It´s important that the government…/ it´s crucial that we…)


Age: Older Teens & Adults

The song “DEAR MR. PRESIDENT” is a great chance for students to practice speaking and debating. It also allows us to work with Modals of Advice, Possibility and Obligation. First, students read a few words on a power point slide and guess which of them will be mentioned in the song. After that, they listen to the song and find out. Then, there is a slide with facts about the USA and Brazil. Next, they list on the board the main problems in Brazil that have to be addressed pronto (social injustice, homelessness, corruption, religious intolerance, homofobia, violence, drugs, etc…). Finally, students are arranged in small groups and each group will discuss one different problem and propose/take notes of ideas to solve it. In the end, they have to present their ideas to their peers.


Age: Older Teens & Adults

The song “WHERE IS THE LOVE” allows students to reflect on serious issues and express their point of view. First, students rank a number of issues from 1 to 8 in order of severity and share their choices. Then, they work on a vocabulary activity. After that, they listen to the song and identify other problems mentioned by the author. In the end, they have a conversation on the topic.


Age: Older Teens & Adults

“EARTH SONG” is great if the topic of your lesson is the Environment. First, students look at a picture and based on it, they guess what words they will find in the lyrics. Then, they listen to the song and check. After that, they are introduced to the vocabulary and finally, they are arranged in groups and engage into a discussion on the topic. As a wrap up, students engage into making a project. They could make a poster, a collage, a video, an illustration, a comic strip or a power point presentation based on the discussion they had and, of course, the lyrics.


Age: Adults

“YOU’RE THE VOICE” is a song for reflection. First, students read four definitions for four different types of citizens and they do the matching. After that, they decide what kind of citizen each one of them is and share it with a peer. Then, they read the lyrics and fill in the blanks with suitable words. Next, they listen to the song and check the words. Finally, they engage into a discussion about events that took place around the world at some point in history.


Age: Older Teens & Adults

The goal here is to guess the meaning of the song “A BEAUTIFUL LIE”. First, students watch the video of the song (with no sound) and say what they think. Then, they listen to the song and read the lyrics in order to check wether they were right. After that, they discuss in pairs and say what “a beautiful lie” means.

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