Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Why use songs to teach English?
• They are fun, they bring variety to your lesson.
• They are relaxing, they create healthy environment for
• They help to achieve maximum. Everyone
participates, even weaker and shy.
• Students can practice listening ,grammar, new
vocabulary, phonetic in songs.
• Songs provide cultural information.
• Songs can be good discussion starters.
• Songs can lead to an interesting writing activity.
Steps in working with songs
1. Predict what the song can be about
2. Answer before questions
3. Do lexical exercises
4. Find key words
1. Watch video (pictures)
2. Fill in the gaps
3. Guess unknown words
4. Answer the questions
5. True or false
1.Fill in the blanks-while listening and without it
e.g. “She’ll – coming round the mountain ____ she _____”
2.Put lines in correct sequence.
3.Find the errors and correct .Use typical S errors
e.g. “She’ll be coming round the mountain when she will
Write the missing lines.
Finish the line.
Transcribe the story(good group activity)
5.Create your own verse (whole class or group)
6.Focus on vocabulary
• Learn new words in context.
• Paraphrase lines with new words.
• Find synonyms and antonyms for new words.
• Learn collocations.
7.Focus on Grammar
• Practice new grammar points
• Learn word order, nouns, articles, prepositions, etc.
8.Draw a picture of the song story.
Draw hero this song makes you feel.
Draw pictures of the sequence of events or lines.
9.Discuss feelings and attitudes toward ideas and events in
10.Write about your opinion of the ideas and events
expressed in lyrics. Write about how you feel when you listen
to this song.
11.Independet project-individuals, groups.
A. Research the history or cultural setting of a song.
Students can write their findings in a report and present this
orally of the class.
B. Students can record a song of their choice. They
transcribe the lyrics, then teach the song to the class.
1 A diner is a type of restaurant in the United States of America. In the
pictures, can you see anyone:
— sitting at a table?
- pouring coffee?
- kissing someone?
- hitching up her skirt?
- reading a newspaper?
- looking out of the window?
- straightening her stockings?
- doing the washing up?
You can use your dictionary or ask your teacher for help.
3 Tom's diner
What are the differences between the two pictures?
Example: In picture (a), the woman is sitting alone but in picture (b) she is
with a friend.
3 Read the song.
Which picture shows
what is happening?
I am sitting In
the morning At
the diner On the
5 I am waiting At the
counter For the man
To pour the coffee
And he Ms it 10
Only halfway " And
before I even argue
He is looking Out the
window 15 At somebody
> Coming in
'It is always Nice to see
you' Says the man 20
Behind the counter
To the woman Who
has come in She is
shaking Her umbrella
25 And Hook The other
way As they are
kissing Their hellos
I'm pretending 30
Not to see them
And instead I pour
Up the paper 35
There's a story Of
Who had died While he
was drinking It was no
one 40 I had heard of
Wnen I'm feeling 45
Someone watching me
And so I raise my head
There's a woman
On the outside
Does she see me?
No she does not
Really see me
'Cause she sees 55
Her own reflection
And I'm trying
Not to notice
That she's hitching
Up her skirt eo
And while she's
stockings Her hair Has
Oh, this rain , 65
It will continue
morning As I'm
To the bells
Of the cathedral 70
And of the midnight
Once upon a time
Before the rain began
And I finish up my coffee
It's time to catch the
4 Write down in your own language what you think these words from the song
corner counter funnies reflection midnight picnic
Check in your dictionary.
Are these statements about the song true or false?
1 It's a bright and sunny day.
2 The singer is having dinner.
3 The man works at Tom's Diner.
4 The woman who comes in does not know the man well.
5 The woman outside is concerned about how she looks.
6 . The singer is thinking about someone she knows well.
7 The singer is waiting to take a train.
6 Read these lines from the song. Who do the words in italics refer to?
1 He is looking / Out the window / At somebody I Coming in (lines 13-16)
2 Who had died / While he was drinking (lines 37-38)
3 She is shaking / Her umbrella (lines 23-24)
4 No she does not / Really see me (lines 53-54)
5 'It is always / Nice to see you' (lines 17-18)
6 I am thinking / Of your voice (lines 71-72)
7 Which is the best summary of the song?
1 A woman is reading a newspaper while she is having coffee in a diner when
she sees the man behind the counter kissing a woman who has just come in.
Outside another woman is using the window as a mirror. The first woman
finishes her coffee and leaves.
A woman is having coffee in a diner because it is raining. She is very
interested in what everyone else is doing, but she pretends that she is
reading a newspaper. She leaves to get her train.
3 A woman is waiting to catch her; train. She is leaving town after the end of a
relationship. As she drinks her coffee, she is watching what other people are
doing, but she cannot stop herself from thinking about her ex-boyfriend.
Read the song again and write down the ten most
Does the song have a happy or a sad ending?
Imagine that this is not the end of the song. How do vou think it continues?