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
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.
Another Kinks tune in this special post paying tribute to London. It essentially talks about isolation, but there are some positive aspects to the track, and it is simply sublime. Dirty old river, must you keep rolling Flowing into the night People so busy, makes me feel dizzy Taxi light shines so bright But I … Continue reading Waterloo Sunset – The Kinks
I'm a huge fan of this talented man and have heard nothing but great feedback from his concert in Zürich last night, which calls for another post! This is his first released tune, full of vocabulary about the body, describing people (including a great simile using pastries!) clothing, past simple and past participle verbs, expressions such as "the upper … Continue reading The A Team – Ed Sheeran
I saw this brilliant band at the weekend and just had to post something about them! The XX are three old school friends from London who have released 3 albums to date whilst still only being about 25 years old. Romy and Oliver sing with deep, husky and haunting voices about love and relationships over great … Continue reading Dangerous – The XX
Especially for Valentine's Day! I'm going to use this as a warmer in my lessons tomorrow and go over some expressions like "to sweep someone off their feet" and "evergreen", but it could be stretched out for discussion and activities about love and dating. Speed dating is a great fluency activity where you could get … Continue reading Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
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