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.

Under Pressure – Queen and David Bowie

I love everything by David Bowie and Queen, and Freddie Mercury's voice is just fantastic, so here's a lesson with these legends. Good for phrasal verbs, prepositions or general discussion about the pressures facing us in our lives. + Lead-in:  Show students a photo of Freddie Mercury and David Bowie to elicit prior knowledge and fill … Continue reading Under Pressure – Queen and David Bowie