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
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.
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