The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale of New York

Ok, hands up who thought they were Irish? ME, TOO! Well, it turns out they’re also British, which means I get to feature them on the the blog. Hurrah! Only a few moments before writing did I find out that the Celtic punk folk band responsible for making the best Christmas tune ever met in King’s … Continue reading The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale of New York

Kasabian – Fire

Hello and welcome another ELTune! I went to see this Leicester-based band a few weeks ago and they really were on fire! I’m a huge fan of their self-titled first album and some tracks off the second, then I didn’t really follow them for a few years. Their gig has changed that and I’d like … Continue reading Kasabian – Fire

Rolling in the Deep – Adele

Hello and thanks for stopping by! On the blog this week: The amazing Adele and her brilliant but scathing hit Rolling in the Deep, with a bit of background to it and ideas for how to use it in class. Background: Adele Laurie Blue Adkins was born in 1988 in Tottenham, London, UK. Released in … Continue reading Rolling in the Deep – Adele

A Message to You Rudy – The Specials

A bit of ska this week, for Intermediate learners and above, with great little tune by Coventry-based ska revival band The Specials. This could be used for the end of the year to talk about future plans, when lessons are coming to a close and your students are moving on to bigger and brighter things, … Continue reading A Message to You Rudy – The Specials

Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis

This post is a tribute to those affected by the Manchester attack at the Ariane Grande concert last week, now an anthem from one of the biggest bands to come from this fantastic city. Use it for its range of vocabulary, mixed grammar structures and pronunciation practice as you see fit and follow it up with a … Continue reading Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis

Fire (Under My Feet) – Leona Lewis

Tune #2! This is a catchy one by the 2006 X Factor winner Leona Lewis from Islington, London. I used this as a musical lead-in to a lesson about the body with a class of intermediate 15 year olds, creating a gap fill and lyrics mix-up for them to do, followed by a brief discussion about their opinion … Continue reading Fire (Under My Feet) – Leona Lewis