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

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

Common People – Pulp

Hello and welcome to another ELTune! Apologies for the lack of posts in recent weeks. To make up for it, you're getting a trio of tunes to play with! First off, I'm going to tell you about a great little number by the 90s Britpop band Pulp that I recently used with a class of 18 year … Continue reading Common People – Pulp

22 Grand Job – The Rakes

Happy May Day/Labor Day! Here's a great little tune from indie band The Rakes to use in a lesson about work. They sing about a situation that may ring true for many Brits, poking fun at leaving university then going to work in the city on an average salary (London, in this case), always talking about that girl … Continue reading 22 Grand Job – The Rakes

Don’t Panic – Coldplay

Hello everyone! I'm back and I hope you all had a lovely Easter. This week, I'd like to tell you about how you can use one of Coldplay's fantastic earlier tunes, and the opener to one of the greatest albums ever made, "Parachutes". Most of my students like their new stuff more, but I'll always prefer the old … Continue reading Don’t Panic – Coldplay

Paper Planes – M.I.A.

A terrific tune from English/Tamil rapper M.I.A. to discuss the refugee crisis and immigration in the ELT classroom. M.I.A. (a play on her own name and reference to the acronym "Missing In Action") and her family had to flee conflict in Jaffna during the Sri Lankan Civil War and go into hiding from the Sri … Continue reading Paper Planes – M.I.A.

Enjoy the Silence – Depeche Mode

As I sit on the train writing this post, I'm very much enjoying the silence, noticing, however, that the majority of passengers are concentrating on their screens (me included) while a select few read a book or newspaper. Bliss nonetheless. Until someone's phone starts ringing, then I have to listen to the entire conversation. Good … Continue reading Enjoy the Silence – Depeche Mode