Category Archives: Music

Talking about a Song in an ESOL Class

NEW Podcast! Talking about a Song in an ESOL Class

Get some great new teaching material for planning a spoken presentation about a song in ESOL classes.

This week we publish a brand new free printable worksheet that will help students to plan and prepare a spoken presentation where they talk about a favourite or memorable song:

You can download the free printable worksheet here:

http://purlandtraining.com/free-lessons/free-printable-worksheets/talking-about-a-song-in-an-esol-class/

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FREE Podcast! Episode 13 – Words That I Don’t Like

An unusual meditation on English words that I simply don’t like and which make me cringe big-time!

In this free podcast I examine some of the English words that I really dislike, and try to work out why I don’t like them. Then I create a relaxation tape using these words in an attempt to get over my negative feelings!

You can see all the words here:

Episode 13 - Words That I Don't Like

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Music: Ignite To Light by P C III. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Singing - Discussion Words

FREE Podcast! Episode 12 – Discussion Questions about Singing

Talk about the topic of Singing with your friends with these great discussion questions. The discussion questions are below. Please subscribe and leave a review on iTunes! Thank you!

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Discussion Questions

Singing

Ask and answer the questions with a partner or small group:

  1. What is singing? Can you sing? Do you sing? What do you sing? When do you sing? Do you sing in the shower or sing along to the radio while in the car or at work? How would you describe your voice? Why do you sing? In what situations? Can you sing part of a song now? If not, why not? Is it embarrassing to sing in public? Why? / Why not? Would you be happy to sing on a stage in public for money? For how much? Why do people prefer to sing when they are on their own? What would happen if you sang more often – either at work or at home?
  1. If you think you can’t sing, why is that? Do you sing out of tune? How can you judge that? Would you like to be able to sing? Have you ever had singing lessons? Do you believe that the ability to sing is genetic or can anybody learn to sing? Is there any advantage in being able to sing? Is it possible to improve your singing technique? Research has shown that only 2% do not possess the required skills[1]. Do you agree?
  1. Who is your favourite singer? Why? Do you prefer male or female voices? Do you prefer a solo singer or a group who sing in harmony together? Why? Who is the best singer of the past fifty years in your opinion? Who is the best current singer? How many different kinds of singer can you think of? What is the difference between singing and rapping? Do you like rap music? Why? / Why not?
  1. Why do people sing? What uses does singing have, for example: to celebrate, to worship, to mourn, to entertain, and so on. Is singing a necessary function of life? Do we all sing in private? Why do children make up their own songs and sing so often? Do you believe that only humans can sing? Do birds sing, or is the sound that they make produced mechanically rather than by choice?
  1. How do we sing? How are the following parts of the body used: a) diaphragm, b) larynx, c) vocal cords, d) tongue, e) teeth, f) chest, g) head? Have you ever watched a very good singer and noticed how they use their bodies to sing? How do professional singers warm up their voices and how do they take care of them?
  1. Do you think that it is a good job to be a professional singer? Why? / Why not? What would be the hardships and pleasures of this kind of job? How much money do you think they make? Is it worth being a busker – singing in the street all day? Imagine a day in the life of… a) an opera singer, b) a pop singer, c) a busker, d) a vocal coach, e) a singer in a West End musical, f) a children’s entertainer… and so on.
  1. Have you ever joined a choir? Tell me about it. If not, would you like to? Why do people sing in their spare time for free? Is community singing enjoyable? Why? / Why not? Have you ever sung in a foreign language? Do you sing in church, or as part of a service of worship? Does singing have a spiritual significance for you?
  1. What is your favourite song? Have you ever heard it sung by another person? What is the effect when different people record a version of the same song? Have you ever written a song? Would you like to be a famous singer-songwriter? Why? / Why not?

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2015/may/22/why-cant-we-all-sing-well-the-science-of-song-eurovision

Using Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran to Teach English Grammar

In this podcast we explore using the popular song Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran in an English class. We look at the use of tenses in the song – especially past simple, used to/would + infinitive, and present perfect.

You can watch the video for Castle on the Hill below and read the lyrics here:

The questions that I wrote on the board:

Board Questions

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