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L.0 - Listening (Receptive)

Music Video Lesson - Louis Armstrong - That Lucky Old Sun

Average: 1.8 (186 votes)

I love this song, even though it is a bit depressing! Read through the lyrics and try to guess which word fits in each gap before you listen. Why don't you listen to some different versions of the song as well. To complete the lesson you need to listen to link 1, but listen to Niia's version at link 2 as well if you want!

Lesson by Caroline Devane

Music Video: Frank Sinatra - Send in the Clowns

Average: 3.1 (19 votes)

This is a very old, very famous song which has been performed by many renowned artists, including the following, Frank Sinatra! Before you listen, read through the lyrics and try to decide what the song is about. Is it happy or sad? Is it romantic? Then listen and complete the gaps with the missing words.

Lesson by Caroline Devane

Music Video Lesson: Let It Snow

Average: 3.4 (17 votes)

Christmas is coming, my favourite time of year! Here’s a song by the wonderful Michael Buble to get you in the Christmas spirit. Listen to the song and complete the gaps with the missing words. Merry Christmas!

Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe Interview

Average: 3.5 (20 votes)

When did Harry Potter grow up?! The last film has been out for a while and fans across the world have loved the final instalment.

Here is a recent interview with Daniel Radcliffe about the new movie. Listen carefully and try to decide which word is being said. This is great practice for developing your ability to listen for specific information.

Lesson by Caroline Devane

Music Video Lesson - 'Foundations'

Average: 2.8 (25 votes)

Before you read the lyrics and listen to this song, I want you to look at the vocabulary below. The song is about a relationship. Answer the following questions just by looking at the words:

1. Is the relationship good or bad?

2. Do you think the two people are still together?

3. Can you make a story about this relationship using these words?

When you have answered those questions, listen to the song and put the words in the correct gaps. Let us know what you think!

Listening - Blood Brothers

Average: 3.1 (20 votes)

Are you superstitious?

Superstition: a belief not based on knowledge on reason that certain actions will bring about negative results.

Superstitious: a person who believes in superstitions. e.g. 'She thinks that if you break a mirror you will have seven years bad luck, she’s so superstitious!'

Music Video Lesson - 'Hey There Delilah'

Average: 2.6 (18 votes)

This song was a number one hit in 2007 and was also nominated for a grammy!

With this listening exercise, I want you to try and complete the gaps before you listen to the song.

You should be able to guess the missing word from the context. Let us know how you get on!

Lesson by Caroline

Music Video Lesson - The Rolling Stones 'Ruby Tuesday'

Average: 2.9 (12 votes)

By now you all know I have an obsession with songs that tell stories.

I also have a small obsession with The Rolling Stones and this is one of my favourite songs.

One of the reasons I love it so much is because the choreographer Christopher Bruce created this dance to it and I learnt the dance for an exam.

Listen to the song and see if you can complete the gaps with the correct words. Then tell us what you think of the song and the dance.

Lesson by Caroline Devane

Music Video Lesson - Pet Shop Boys

Average: 2.9 (14 votes)

Do you enjoy singing, dancing or running?

Listen to this song by the Pet Shop Boys and try and decide which word goes in which gap.

I thought this song was from the 1980’s but it’s actually from the early 1990’s.

Do you enjoy this kind of music?

Let me know!

By Caroline Devane

Movie Lesson: Rio

Average: 3.1 (14 votes)

Here's a trailer for the new movie Rio.

Before you watch it, read through the 5 questions below. When you have read them, watch the clip.

What do you think about this film? Has anyone seen it? Are you planning too? Do you think that Disney movies are just for kids.