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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Another 2nd Conditional - If I were a carpenter

Found this while I was listening with my daughter, there are various versions on the internet but this seems to be the clearest.




A few songs for past modals

Here are a few songs that I found to highlight / introduce the past modals. Hopefully worksheets to follow when i have time.









Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Vincent - Don Maclean

A song about the famous artist, Vincent Van Gogh by Don Maclean - used to introduce the topic of art. Also includes some art vocabulary!





National Gallery here we come!

As a follow up for Laura, whose mother is an art teacher - here is another song about an artist - Lowry




Worksheet for a lower level class match the end words to the lines.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Rules - Shakira

To introduce the ideas of rules and get students talking about rules.





Worksheet has the lines mixed up in verses and chorus

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

She's leaving home - Easy Star All-Stars

A grammar one at last - used to introduce the idea of participle clauses, a bit livelier than the Beatles but the lyrics are the same if you want to use the Beatles




Streets of London - Ralph McTell

Song used to discuss poverty






Substitute - The Who

A song about substitutes to be used with appearances, I also used it as an introduction to the idea of substitution in grammar.




My Perfect Cousin

A song which was used to introduce the idea of rapport (or lack of) with some older teens





Cultural note - University Challenge is an inter university quiz show from Britain which was fairly popular with the intellectuals in the 70's and 80's! and still running!

Can be watched here University Challenge

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Ugly - Sugababes

We used this to kick off the idea of beauty from the other side - some of the words are a bit strangled!




Not my favourite group or song but listenable!

Friday, 2 May 2014

Addicted to Love - Robert Palmer

This song was used to get young teens talking about addiction from a safe area. There are several references to the effects of addiction (most types) without mentioning the normal drugs/alcohol.



There are more modern versions but I think the original is still the best!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Protest songs - eve of destruction and where have all the flowers gone

I used this one as an introduction to the topic of opinions. The second one is less contentious/blunt




Sad but true - this song was written 50 years ago now, what has changed?









You may also want to consider this one but it is a little long at nearly 6 minutes!




Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

My Generation - The Who

Used as an introduction to the idea of the generation gap and similar.



Passive Modals - all you need is love

An oldie but a goodie with passive modal structure included, slow and good to sing too!





All you need is love -Beatles
 (Love, love, love) x 3
It's easy
Nothing you can say but you can learn to play the game
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung
There's nothing you can do that can't be done

No one you can save that can't be saved
There's nothing you can make that can't be made
Nothing you can do but you can learn to be you in time
It's easy

Chorus
All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need
(Love, love, love) x 3
chorus
There's nothing you can know that isn't known
It's easy
There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be
Nothing you can see that isn't shown

chorus
All you need is love, all together now
All you need is love, everybody
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need
Love is all you need
Love is all you need
Love is all you need

Another mix - worksheet here

2nd Conditional - If I was a rich girl - Gloria Stefani

I used this song with a group of  teens to introduce and review the 2nd conditional. There are examples of both if clause first and main clause first. It is quite fast so may need an extra play!






If I was a rich girl – Gwen Stefani

Na na na na, na na, na na na na, na na (repeat)
Chorus
If I was a rich girl, na na, na na, na na,
na na na na, na na, na na na
See, I'd have all the money in the world
if I was a wealthy girl
No man could test me, impress me,
my cash flow would never ever end
'Cause I'd have all the money in the world
if I was a wealthy girl

Clean out Vivienne Westwood
I'd buy everything
Think what that money could bring
In my Galliano gown

My fancy house in London town
A Hollywood mansion if I could
No, I wouldn't just have one hood
Please book me first class to

All the riches, baby, won't mean anything
All the riches, baby, won't bring what your love can bring
All the riches, baby, won't mean anything
Don't need no other baby,
your lovin' is better than gold, and I know
Chorus
Love, Angel, Music, Baby, hurry up and come and save me
I'd dress them wicked, I'd give them names
Inspire me, and they'd come to my rescue
I'd get me four Harajuku girls to

 All the riches, baby, won't mean anything
All the riches, baby, won't bring what your love can bring
All the riches, baby, won't mean anything
Don't need no other baby,
your lovin' is better than gold, and I know

Shouldn't matter, shouldn't matter, what?
What? It's all love, what? Give it up
Come together over the world
What? Shouldn't matter, shouldn't matter
From the hoods of Japan, Harajuku girls
 (repeat)

Original track and ting, mmm
What happened to my life? Turned upside down
Chicks that blew ya mind, ding, it's the second round
You know you can't buy these things, no

Now we ain't gettin' nothin' but love
I hope you can all keep up
Yes ma'am, we got the style that's wicked,
See Stefani and her L.A.M.B.
We climbed all the way from the bottom to the top
I rock the fetish, people, you know who I am

Chorus
Na na na na, na na, na na na na, na na (repeat)
The verses are mixed up but the choruses are in order

Worksheet here

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Where is the love - Global problems

I found this song by the Black Eyed Peas - it talks about a lot of the problems in the world today and will be used to kick off discussions with my teens on this topic. NB lots of words and quite fast but the kids will like it :)






Where is the love – Black Eyed Peas


What's wrong with the world, mama
People livin' like they ain't got no mamas
I think the whole world addicted to the ..........
Only attracted to things that'll bring you..........
Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin'
In the USA, the big CIA
The Blood from The Crips and the KKK
But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to ..........
And to discriminate only generates ..........
And when you hate then you're bound to get .......... , yeah
Madness is what you demonstrate
And that's exactly how anger works and operates
Now, you gotta have love just to set it ..........
Take control of your mind and ..........
Let your soul gravitate to the love, y'all, y'all
Chorus
People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt can you hear them cryin'?
Can you practice what you .......... ?
And would you turn the other .......... ?
Father, Father, Father help us
Send us some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love? (Love) Where is the love? (The love)
Where is the love? (The love) Where is the love? The love, the love


It just ain't the same, always unchanged
New days are strange, is the world .......... ?
If love and peace is so ..........
Why are there pieces of love that don't belong
Nations droppin' bombs
Chemical gasses fillin' lungs of little ones
With the ongoin' sufferin' as the youth die young
So ask yourself is the lovin' really ..........
So I can ask myself really what is goin' ..........
In this world that we livin' in people keep on givin' in
Makin' wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends
Not respectin' each other, deny thy ..........
A war is goin' on but the reason's ..........
The truth is kept secret, it's swept under the rug
If you never know truth then you never know love
Where's the love, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the truth, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the love, y'all (come on yeah)
Chorus
I feel the weight of the world on my ..........
As I'm gettin' older, y'all, people gets ..........
Most of us only care about money makin'
Selfishness got us followin' the wrong direction
Wrong information always shown by the ..........
Negative images, it's the main criteria
Infecting the young minds faster than ..........
Kids want to act like what they see in the ..........
Yo', whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness in ..........
Instead of spreading love we're spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading lives away from unity
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' under
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' ..........
There's no wonder why sometimes I'm feelin' under
Gotta keep my faith alive till love is found now ask yourself
chorus

 Worksheet here

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Under pressure - Queen & David Bowie

This song was used to introduce stress and the effects of stress on people's lives with a higher level (older teen) group.





Under Pressure – Queen & Bowie



Mm ba ba de, Um bum ba de, Um bu bu bum da de
Pressure pushing down on ..........
Pressing down on you no man ask ..........
Under pressure - that burns a building ..........
Splits a family in ..........
Puts people on ..........

Um ba ba be, Um ba ba be, de day da, ee day da - that's o.k.

(Chorus)
It's the terror of knowing
What this world is ..........
Watching some good friends
Screaming 'Let me .......... '
Pray tomorrow - gets me higher
Pressure on people - people on ..........

Day day de mm hm, da da da ba ba, O.k.

Chippin' around - kick my brains around the floor
These are the days it never rains but it ..........

Ee do ba be, ee da ba ba ba, um bo bo, be lap

People on streets - ee da de da de
People on streets - ee da de da de da de da

Chorus

Turned away from it all like a blind man
Sat on a ..........  but it don't work
Keep coming up with love
but it's so slashed and..........
Why - why - why ?

Love love love love love
Insanity laughs under pressure we're ..........
Can't we give ourselves one more ..........
Why can't we give love that one more ..........
Why can't we give love give love give love give love
give love give love give love give love give love

'Cause love's such an old fashioned ..........
And love dares you to care for
The people on the edge of the ..........
 And love dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves

This is our last dance, this is our last dance
This is ourselves, under pressure, under pressure
Pressure





about
chance
chance
cracking
down
fence
for
me
night
out
pours
streets
streets
 torn
two
word

Worksheet here