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.
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
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
His powerful hit Human has had so much airplay both here and in his home country of the UK . Fun fact: My brother lives in the same town as him, in Uckfield, East Sussex. I'm only going to share follow up activities this week, as I found a fantastic worksheet which could be used with … Continue reading Human – Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
We're going to talk about sports in some of my lessons this week, so what better tune to use than this one, which is often thought to be one of the most popular sports song. It can promote additional discussion on fame and fortune and there are plenty of past simple and present perfect examples, as well as the future … Continue reading We Are The Champions – Queen
The Oscars took place last night, which calls for a film-themed tune this week. I've chosen this beautiful track by The Kinks, an underrated rock band from North London formed in 1964 who were around about the same time as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. According to Genius.com, “Celluloid Heroes” examines the difference between Hollywood … Continue reading Celluloid Heros – The Kinks