Many people around the world will be celebrating the life of the Scottish poet Robert Burns tonight and throughout January, so here are some lesson ideas for how to use this well-loved Scottish tune and teach your students about bonnie Scotland! I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers (video here) When I wake up, … Continue reading Burns Night Special – The Proclaimers -I’m Gonna Be (500 Hundred Miles)
Hello and Happy New Year! For those of you who celebrated it, I hope you had plenty of festive fun over the Christmas period and everyone had a good start to 2018! This week it's all about the news, which calls for a tune from The Jam. Let's have a look at the lyrics. If … Continue reading The Jam – News of the World
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
2017 is soon drawing to a close so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have paid a visit to my site so far! I started it as a way to share the ideas I have for using British music in the ELT classroom and I didn’t think anyone would … Continue reading Thank you! Danke! Merci! Graçias! Obrigada!
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 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
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