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Read and write - 1 - 2 STEPS

STEP 1

OUR MUSIC SCENE

OBJECTIVES

1. getting students involved using a topic they are familiar with;
2. getting information about students' background;
3. getting students to know more about the musical culture of their partners' countries;
4. working in groups

METHODOLOGY

1) Individually, students can write about the music they like, their favourite singers/bands…, the festivals and concerts they have been to, if they are part of any fan club, if they have any autograph from a famous singer/musician…
They can take part in chats and forums in the twinspace and share their preferences (IN TWINSPACE, ETWINNING.NET) and NATIONAL BLOG might be better?superscript

(from 29th Sep to 10th Oct): 2 weeks

2) In national groups. Each group can work on one of the following: (IN THE WIKI) and NATIONAL BLOG might be better

2.1. Description of the music scene in each country: which singers/bands are now popular, genres. In which languages do they sing' Are there any who sing in English? Are lyrics important?

2.2. the official TOP TEN CHART in each country, analyzing it: give information about singers/bands, the songs, consider the language they use…

2.3. our TOP TEN CHART: students within the group design their own chart, again analyzing it.

2.4. OUR PARENTS TOP TEN CHART: interview their parents and design the chart, again analyzing it

2.5. OUR GRANDPARENTS TOP TEN CHART: interview their grandparents and design the chart, again analyzing it.

They can chat or discuss in a forum about the differences between the music in the different generations… (in THE BLOG)

2.6. EVENTS in my city, region, country: popular festivals, concerts. Write reviews.

2.7. ENGLISH WORDS RELATED TO MUSIC IN MY LANGUAGE. A billboard of most common ones.

From Oct 13th to Nov 14th (one month)

**3) In international groups (one member of each country in each group):
Assign a secretary: students have to agree to work on one of the songs in the CHARTS. Comment on it: vocabulary, idioms…) and prepare a worksheet to work on for other students to do. (IN THE WIKI)

A forum can be created: are pop/rock songs a good way to learn a language? Why/why not? (IN THE BLOG)

From Nov 17thto Dec 12th (one month)

In all sections: they can include videos from youtube, podcasts…

FINAL PUBLICATION: IN A WEBSITE**

STEP 2

SONGS AND THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

OBJECTIVES

1. reflect upon the importance of songs in learning a foreign language
2. work on the language of songs
3. reflect upon idioms, both in English and in their own language, and make them realize how much of culture is involved in them

STEP 3:
INTERNATIONAL GROUPS:

- groups of 4 students: each of a different nationality. (please write the names of your students in the wiki: (a new page should be created the page already exists (Ale)). Then we can group them at random personally I don't agree on this: I prefer to choose the students because not all of them are in a position to work this way. (Ale)

- I think they could use the mailbox and forum in twinspace for communication. Using the wiki will mean using another tool (aren't there too many? What do you think about it?

- Tasks: create 2 worksheets to work on a song. One could be choosing a song among the list given ( for practising a grammar point) (see enclosed sheet here the acitivites already exist: I'd like my students to create new ones. They could choose a song which is in the charts in all countries (Ale)). The other could be on a song they choose and prepare a worksheet to practise vocabulary, or questions on the meaning of the song? I think they could do both the activities on the same song: first from a grammar point of view and then on content and discussion (Ale)I also think that all tasks should be done with the same song, we did similar activities with Pink Floyd's "High Hopes", were practising vocabulary and made a discussion. (Edita)//Tanya says:" I don't fully understand what 'create 2 worksheets' mean. I have already done this activity with my three classes - they worked in groups, chose a song, developed activities, gave a presentation, created exercises for the class to work on. If I get it right, the purpose is both to create activities around a song(e.g. gap-filling, grammar review, discussion, etc), and to trial this activity - I am strongly in favor of this trialing the activities in class, and then sharing the outcomes, revising, reflecting. If we decide to do this, then the groups need to suggest steps to be followed in the lesson. Bt the end of this phase we would have compiled a list of songs with activities for classroom use, which should contain 'teacher's notes' about the procedure(the 'teachers' are the students who will be 'teaching' their peers. I have begun to upload some of our work in the blog, will continue to do it(we have some technical problems)."

- They then can publish the worksheets in the international blog or maybe twinspace and then the rest of the students can do them and comment them on the blog. I suggest publishing them in the wiki - we can do it ourselves - and then comment on the blog (Ale)In my opinion, commenting in an international blog is easier.(Edita)
- Schedule: from 17th Nov till Xmas break (we end on the 19th Dec here in Spain) for the worksheets to be published and then in January for doing and commenting them?

- I'm enclosing:

• list of songs with grammar point (you can add some more)
1)PRESENT TENSES
• SONG: Fix You sung by Coldplay (Practice: Simple Present)
• SONG: Things I'll Never Say sung by Avril Lavigne (Practice: Simple present & present continuous)
• SONG: Tubthumper sung by Chumbawumba (Practice: simple present)
• SONG: In The Ghetto sung by Elvis Presley (Practice: simple present & present continuous)
• SONG: No More I Love Yous sung by Annie Lennox
2)PAST TENSES
• SONG: Goodbye My Lover sung by James Blunt
• SONG: We Are The Champions sung by Queen (Practice: Present Perfect)
• STORY for beginners by Carl Boarder entitled Mr. Hungry (Practice: Simple Past)
• GAPPED TEXT: Story by Ben Whitmarsh entitled Driven To… (Practice: Simple Past (active/passive), Past Continuous, Past Perfect)
• FIND SOMEONE WHO…. : (Practice: Present Perfect x2)
3)FIRST CONDITIONAL
• SONG: I Don't Want To Talk About It sung by Rod Stewart
4)2ND CONDITIONAL & MIXED
• SONG: Lemar
• SONG: With A Little Help From My Friends sung by The Beatles
5)REPORTED SPEECH
• SONG: Do You Want To Know A Secret sung by The Beatles
• SONG: Things We Said Today sung by The Beatles
• SONG: With A Little Help From My Friends sung by The Beatles

• how to prepare a worksheet about a song (for students)

• worksheets to work on different language points.

For practising listening skills:

- YOU CAN:

A) Leave out words in blank. Students listen and fill in with the right word.
- words at random
- last words in the line (rhyme)
- verbs

B) Change a word for another which sounds similar. Students have to identify the incorrect words and change with the actual ones.

C) Write extra words. Students have to identify them and cross them out.

D) Order the lines in each stanza.

Make sure that YOU understand the words you want the others to understand!
Choose ballads or slow songs which are easier to follow.
Choose songs with not many complicated words.
Remember students should have time to listen and write! Not too many blanks…

For practising grammar:

- YOU CAN:

A) decide on a grammar point to work on: i.e. leave out all the verbs in the past simple tense, or the possessive adjectives…

B) Find instances in the song about a certain grammar point: ie. Find an instance of a verb used as subject…

For practising vocabulary:

- YOU CAN:

A) focus on vocabulary related to a topic: ie. Clothes, health…

B) find words in the song which match the definitions

For oral practise:
_ YOU CAN:

A) choose a song which deals with a topic and ask questions about it: i.e. child abuse…

Please, add your ideas and suggestions in the wiki. I've got many more songs. I love using them in the classroom, and so do my students. I have been using them for years so I've piled up quite a lot! But I'm sure you have some too. Mine are only to be used as samples of how to create a worksheet.
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CONTENT

analyse how many English words related to music are common in your language. Find out also in articles from magazines or papers and make a billboard
Are pop/rock songs a good way to learn English. Why?/why not?
- rhythm: tune stays in your mind (easy to remember) /repetitions
- colloquial/natural English
- …
Explain own experiences.
Find out a song in English which has helped you learn some aspects of the English grammar/vocabulary (collocations, phrases, idioms…) and prepare a worksheet with some activities for your partners to work on

METHODOLOGY

We can ask them to prepare a list of songs, then choose the ones that are common to the groups, so that students can work together. They could use a new page, to write down their ideas. Anybody can edit the page and enrich it. We could have as many groups as the songs they have in common. We will of course prepare some worksheets for them to use as a guide in their work.
I have prepared one. You can click on the "files" button below and have a look.

FURTHER SUGGESTIONS

2) Songs and the English language:
Another group of students from each country develops this strand of the project. The students will:
a) share personal experiences with learning English through song. They will publish these personal stories, and the other students can comment or add theirs too.
b) make up a glossary of English words related to music and/or common music terms (translated into each language - optional)
(e.g. tune, rhythm, beat), common abbreviations/colloquialisms, idioms, catch phrases
c) publish links to sites related to songs as a means of learning English(articles, forums)
d) work out handouts for an interactive way of doing songs in the English language classroom( a lesson plan with prodecure/activities)
e) make a list of their commonly agreed 10 top songs for learning English