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Advanced Level: If I Should Have A Daughter

Average: 3.7 (25 votes)

This is my favourite poem by the wonderful slam poet Sarah Kay. It is rich in vocabulary and full of beautiful imagery and I really wanted to share it with all of you. Due to the length of the poem, this lesson may take you a bit longer than usual, but I think it’s worth it! On the link, the poem is in the first four minutes. After that, Sarah gives an inspiring lecture which is also worth listening to. So listen to the poem and complete the gaps with the missing words. Then let us know your opinions and also if you have a favourite poem…

Music Video Lesson: Let It Snow

Average: 3.9 (13 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!

Music Video Lesson - Coldplay 'Fix You'

Average: 3.8 (10 votes)

This is a beautiful song by the extremely successful band, Coldplay. In this song, you should be able to guess which word fits into the gap without listening. Try to guess first and then listen to see if you were right!

Music Video Lesson - One Direction

Average: 4.2 (23 votes)

I kind of like this song...but don't tell anyone! Why? Because it's a guilty pleasure, something we like even though we know we shouldn't. A guilty pleasure will usually cause your friends to laugh at you and remind you of how silly you are constantly. Listen to this song by young boy-band One Direction (oh the shame) and fill the gaps with the missing words. Then let me know your guilty pleasures, if you dare!

Lesson by Caroline Devane

Music Video Lesson - The Script - 'If You Ever Come Back'

Average: 3.8 (19 votes)

This song describes the difficulty of finding yourself single after an important relationship. Do you usually read through the lyrics and guess which words fit the gaps before you listen to the song? I’d like you to try that today, you may be surprised at how well you can understand the context! As always, please let me know if you have any requests for songs or artists in the future!

Advanced Level Listening on Ballet

Average: 3.6 (35 votes)

Misty Copeland is a ballerina who is currently dancing for American Ballet Theatre (ABT). I was lucky to see her perform with the company earlier this year and witnessed her wonderful stage presence and beautiful dancing. I found this interview with her and think it is worth listening to, even if you are not interested in the dance world! Misty has overcome many obstacles to become a successful dancer and her story is very inspiring. Listen to the interview and then try and answer the true or false questions below. Are there any other professional or aspiring dancers out there?

The Plastic Surgery Debate

Average: 4 (23 votes)

All over the world, people are using plastic surgery to change their body and make themselves ‘more beautiful’.

In days you can do anything from lose a few inches around your hips to completely changing your face. The only thing putting people off at the moment, is the possibility of complications and the fact that they will have to undergo surgery, sometimes major surgery. Now, a new treatment claims that it can create the exact same results as liposuction, a fat removal surgery, without any cuts or incisions.

Music Video Lesson - Corinne Bailey Rae - 'Put Your Records On'

Average: 3.7 (16 votes)

This is one of my favourite songs to listen to on lovely days, it reminds me of summer. Listen to the song and complete the gaps with the missing words. This time there is no list of missing words to choose from!

Lesson by Caroline

Music Video Lesson - The Corrs 'At Your Side'

Average: 3.9 (17 votes)

This was the first song I ever learnt to play on the guitar! Of course that was more than a few years ago and I doubt I can play it now, but I still remember it fondly! Do any of you play instruments? If so, what was the first song you learnt to play? I didn't play guitar for very long, but I played piano for years and I really miss it. If anyone has a piano to give away then let me know!

Listen to the song and complete the gaps with the missing words, then look around for a free piano.

Music Video Lesson - Michael Buble 'Home'

Average: 4.4 (10 votes)

I went home this weekend and thought of this song by one of my favourite singers, Michael Buble. Before you listen to the song, see if you can complete the gaps with the words below using the meaning of the lyrics to help you. Then, check your answers by listening to the song. Good luck!

Lesson by Caroline