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Music Listening - Fairytale

Average: 3.9 (20 votes)

A while ago, I wrote a listening lesson based on the Taylor Swift song, ‘Today was a fairytale’ which is a song about romance, love and happy endings.

This song by Sarah Bareilles, is also about fairytales, but looks at them in a new light! Listen to the song and see if you can fill in the missing words.

You don't have to listen to the whole song.

Good luck!

Elementary Listening

Average: 3.6 (20 votes)

I fell in love with this song when I heard it on the American dance programme ‘So you think you can dance’.

It reminded me of a great tip that really helps some students to remember vocabulary. If you are having trouble remembering a word, try associating a movement with that word. Then when you hear that word you’ll think of the movement and remember the meaning! I challenge you to choose five new pieces of vocabulary and give each one a movement. I hope this helps!

Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You

Average: 3.2 (14 votes)

Can you tell I’m feeling festive?!

Tomorrow I am going for Christmas dinner with my best friends from my undergraduate degree.

I have no doubt we will be listening to this and many other Christmas songs.

In fact, I used this lesson last Christmas with a private student! Can you complete the gaps with the vocabulary, all of which is related to Christmas?

Good luck & merry Christmas!
Lesson by Caroline

English Accents

Average: 3.6 (21 votes)

Unfortunately, English doesn’t come with one standard accent.

Not only do we have British, Australian, American, South African accents etc. We also have all the regional accents that make up those countries!

The difference between Southern and Northen English accents are massive and even native English speakers sometimes have difficulty understanding them.

So it is important that as an English learner you expose yourself to as many different accents as possible, outside of the classroom.

Listening: Seasons of Love

Average: 3.3 (18 votes)

This is such a beautiful song. If you haven’t seen the movie ‘Rent’ already then I strongly recommend it. In this lesson I’m going to let you try and hear the vocabulary as it’s all quite simple. Listen carefully!
Lesson by Caroline

Rihanna - Take A Bow Listening Lesson

Average: 3.7 (19 votes)

This song is full of theatre and performing arts related vocabulary, so obviously I love it. I’ve removed all this vocabulary, all you need to do is listen and put the words in the correct gaps.

Note: some of the words are used more than once.
Lesson by Caroline

Listening: So Sick

Average: 3.7 (13 votes)

This week’s focus is on music, so here’s an extra song for you. This is a Ne-Yo cover by Fall Out Boy. To make it a bit more challenging, I’m not going to give you the vocabulary this time, so listen carefully. Let me know how you get on.
Lesson by Caroline

Is this love?

Average: 3.4 (17 votes)

Ahhh, love. What a ridiculous, terrible, beautiful word! This song is about the more complicated side of love and is by my current favourite artists, Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip. I have removed some of the key vocabulary; all you need to do is listen and put the correct word in each gap. NOTE: You only need to listen to the first half of the song.

I Need A Holiday!

Average: 4.3 (24 votes)

The title of this sentence isn’t actually true, I can’t wait for work and university to start! However, it is one of my favourite songs and has some really interesting idiomatic language and phrasal verbs in the lyrics. I have removed some of the key words and challenge you to try and remember the idiom or phrasal verb to fill in the gap. Then listen to the clip to check your answers. Good luck!
Lesson by Caroline

Britain's Got Talent: Vocab and Listening

Average: 3.6 (25 votes)