Song: Taylor Swift/ Blank Space

This week’s song: Blank Space – Taylor Swift.

Download the worksheet in PDF here

This post is designed around the song ‘Blank Space’ by Taylor Swift. I particularly love Taylor Swift’s accent and her lyrics are so cute. The last activity aims to get students work on vocabulary and divide the words into categories. Hope you’ll enjoy it. 🙂

BLANK SPACE – Taylor Swift

Activity 1: Listen the song and fill in the gaps
Nice to ………. you, where you……..?
I could show you ………….. things
Magic, ……………, heaven, ………
……….. you there and I ……………
Oh my God, look at that …………
You look like my next …………
Love’s a ………., want to ………..?
New,……….., suit and ………
I can ……….. you like a …………
Ain’t it …………, rumors, lie
And I know you………….about me
So hey, let’s be ………..
I’m………… to see how this one ends
Grab your …………and my hand
I can make the……… guys good for a …….
Activity 2:

Find the opposites:

1. End

2. Heaven

3. Incredible

4. Friends
Activity 3: Put the sentences in order:

Or it’s gonna go down in flames

‘Cause you know I love the players

And you love the game

They’ll tell you I’m insane

So it’s gonna be forever

Got a long list of ex-lovers

If the high way was worth the pain

You can tell me when it’s over

Activity 4: Listen the song and fill in the gaps:

‘Cause we’re………. and we’re ……….
We’ll take this way too ……..
It’ll leave you ………….
Or with a nasty………..
Got a ……….. list of ex-lovers
They’ll tell you I’m …………
But I’ve got a ………. ……….. baby
And I’ll write your…………

Activity 5: Match 1-7 with A-G.

1. Cherry lips,
2. I could show you
3. Stolen kisses,
4. You’re the king
5. Find out
6. Be that girl
7. Wait the worst

 
A. baby I’m your Queen

B. incredible things

C. is yet to come, oh no

D. what you want

F. pretty lies

G. crystal skies

H. for a month
Activity 6: Listen the song and fill in the gaps:
Screaming,………….. , perfect storms
I can make all the…………. turn
Rose ………… filled with ……….
Keep you second …………. like
“Oh my God, who is she?”
I get drunk on ……………
But you’ll come back each time you ………..
‘Cause darling I’m a ……………. dressed like a …………….

Activity 7: Divide words into categories. Work in pairs to come up with more categories:

Example: adjectives, body parts, emotions

Song: MAGIC! Rude

 Song  MAGIC! Rude


This is an activity on the song ‘Rude’ by Magic for Pre-Intermediate students. I’ve ask my students to write down few songs they like listening to and this song is their favorite. Students are encouraged to listen in order to complete the activities and work on Connected Speech and Assimilation of Sounds.
 Click here for the handout in PDF



  “Rude”
Activity 1: Listen the song and fill in the gaps

Saturday morning………………out of bed
And put…….my best ……….
Got in my…….. and raced like a jet
All the ………. to you
Knocked on your ………with heart in my ……….
To ask you a question
‘Cause I know that you’re an………………. man, yeah
Activity 2:
Find the opposites of these words:
1. put on
2. old-fashioned
3. get in my car

Activity 3: Put the sentences in order:

Say yes, say yes ’cause I need to know
Tough luck, my friend, but the answer is ‘No’
Can I have your daughter for the rest of my life?
You say I’ll never get your blessing ’til the day I die

Activity 4: Listen the song and fill in the gaps


Why you gotta be so……………?
Don’t you know I’m ………. too?
Why you gotta be so …………?
I’m gonna ……….. her anyway

……….. that girl
Marry her anyway
Marry that girl
Yeah, no ……………what you say
Marry that girl
And we’ll be a ……….
Why you gotta be so
Rude


Activity 5: Match 1-8 with A-H.
1. I hate to do this, 

2. Can’t live
3. Love me or
4. Standing 

5. Or we will

6. To another galaxy, 

7. You know she’s in 

8. She will go
A. you know

B. anywhere I go
C. hate me we will be boys
D. at that altar
E. love with me
F. you leave no choice 
G. run away
H .without her
Activity 6:You gonna learn something new!
Do you know what’s the meaning of ‘gonna’? Can you think of more examples?

Guess the following words:

Gonna ‘I gonna go have a shower’

Wanna ‘I wanna go home’

Gotta ‘I gotta go’

Hafta ‘I hafta do my homework’

Kudja ‘Kudja pass me the salt please?’

Didju ‘didju like the movie’

Wilja ‘Wilja stay here tonight?’

Doyawanna ‘Doyawanna come with us tonight’

Aryagonna ‘Aryagoona go to the party?

Dijahafta ‘Dijahafta do that?’


Christmas mood on


A new post based on the theme of Christmas and the Christmas mood is On!!!

Language level: Pre-intermediate

Learner type: Teens and adults.

This lesson plan includes: Reading,Speaking, Presentation, Song.


Activities in PDF

 

Activities:


1. Read and find out how people celebrate Christmas in the UK?


Christmas


Christmas is a Christian festival and celebrates the birth of Jesus. Lots of people who aren’t Christians also celebrates Christmas. The preparations for Christmas starts in November. People decorate their Christmas tree and send cards to friends and family. During the Christmas Eve (24thof December) children hang up stockings for Father Christmas. On Christmas day (25thof December) people give each other gifts. It is traditional to eat a roast dinner, turkey or chicken with roast potatoes and vegetables.


New Year’s Eve (31stof December):


Many English people have parties in their homes on New Year’s Eve. Others celebrate in pubs or clubs with their friends and families or attend outdoor gatherings and firework display. Just before midnight on New Year’s Eve, people hold hands and sing a traditional song called ”Auld Lang Syne”. They count the second down to the new year and when the clock strikes midnight, they hug and kiss and wish each other a happy new year. Sometimes people set off fireworks as the new year begins.

People often drink a toast to the coming year with the alcoholic drink called champagne. Some people let their children stay up late to join in with the celebrations.


New Year’s Day:


New Year’s Day is a holiday for nearly everyone in the UK. Very few buses and trains run on New Year’s Day. Most people stay at home and relax with their families.


New Year’s Resolution:


People often make resolutions at the start of the new year. Resolutions are things people have decided (or resolve) to do to make their lives better, such as stopping smoking or losing weight. Not everybody manages to keep their New Year’s resolution, though!


Text taken from:


2. Answer the questions:


A. What do English people do during:

1. Christmas?

2. New Year’s Eve?

3. New Year’s Day?

B. What do English people eat on Christmas?

C. What do they drink on New Year’s Eve?

D. Do the buses and trains run to a normal timetable on New Year’s Day?


3. Discussion:


How do people celebrate Christmas in your country? Write bullet points to help youpresent itto the class.



Song

“Britney Spears: My Only Wish This Year”


1. Put the sentences in order:

  a. Seems like everyone but me is in love.
b. It just said this
c. Last night I took a walk in the snow.
d. I know exactly what I want this year.
e. Couples holding hands, places to go
f. I sent it off
g. Santa can you hear me
h. I signed my letter that I sealed with a kiss

2. Fill in the gaps with the words:

hold underneath bow want hear someone own good wish
Santa can you ………. me.
I …………. my baby (baby, yeah)
I want to………… love me someone to……… me.
Maybe (maybe, maybe maybe.) he’ll be all my in ……. a big red

Santa can you hear me?
I have been so……….. this year and all I want is one thing
Tell me my true love is near
He’s all I want, just for me ………………..my christmas tree
I’ll be waiting here.
Santa that’s my only……….. this year.
oohhh ohh yeah



3. Pre-listening: Try to guess the missing words and then listen to check.

Christmas ……. I just can’t sleep
Would I be wrong for …………… a peek?
Cause I heard that your coming to …………..

Santa can you …………..me? (yea yeah)
Really hope that your on your way
With something ………… for me in your …………
Ohh please …………. my wish come ……….
Santa can you hear me
I want my baby (baby)
I want someone to ……… me someone to ………. me
Maybe (maybe maybe) we’ll be all the ………… under the ………………

I hope my ……….. reaches you in time
Bring me love can call all mine
(yeah yeah) cause I have been so good this year.

4. Answer the questions:

1. What is Britney’s wish for this Christmas?
2. How does she feel?

MAKE YOUR OWN WISH LIST AND RESOLUTIONS FOR THIS YEAR AND SHARE IT WITH THE CLASS. 
 

ACTIVITIES IN PDF CLICK HERE 

 

Try it out!


Type of activity: small groups, matching
Function practised: comparing and contracting, discussing advantages and disantavages.
Exponent:
It would be easier to. . . . ..
The. . . .. . . . would be better/stronger
The. . .. . .. . was . . . . er/the. . . . -est because
The. . .. . . was not as. . . .. as the. . .. .
The. . . . . was too. . . .
The . . . was not. . . enough,
Lexical areas: names of tools and instruments, action verbs
Problem vocabulary: tweezers, twig, coat, hanger, wedgem unblock, squeezing, crack, floorboard, accidentally
Phrasal verbs: get out, fix onto, push into.
How to use the game: Divide the class into groups of three or four. Play the PowerPoint presentation to make sure students learn the vocabulary. Give students the worksheet with the task list. The object of the game is for each group to decide which implement would be more useful in each situation. They should compare the implement and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each. When they have finished, one person from each group go to another group to compare results and discuss advantages and disadvantages of the different methods employed.
If your students are adults, you might bring in the actual implement for each group instead of the presentation.
Optional rules: 1. Another suggestion will be to monitor, and give points to the team/students who uses the ‘exponent vocabulary’. 2. Each implement is to be used only once.



 

Task list:
1. You have a bottle of wine but no corkscrew
2. The cupboard door keeps swinging open
3.This sink is blocked
4. The neighbour’s dog keep squeezing through a hole in the fence
5. Your ring has dropped into a saucepan of boiling water
6. You have dropped some money through a crack in the floorboard
7. You can’t get the lid off the jam pot
8. Your house is locked and you can’t get in.
9. A water pipe is leaking and water is dripping onto the floor. 

Download the worksheet here  

The good old stuff from my childhood

In this lesson:

  • You are going to learn how to use ‘used to’ to talk about old habits.
  • Look the images and practise using ‘used to’.
  • Take pictures with your mobile devices or search for pics on Google to make sentences and present it to your class.


For Teachers: Before class: It will be a great idea to ask students to take some photos of old toys they used to play with when they were young before this class. The first activity aims to get students notice the use of ‘used to’ and clarify that it’s usedto describe past habits.

 1. Look the example and answer the questions:

  
Tom used to be a vegetarian, but he started eating meat this summer.

1. Is Tom a vegetarian now?

2. Did he eat meat in last year ?

3. Which action is in the past?
I used to watch the smurfs every Sunday morning with my sister.

1. Do I still watch smurfs on Sundays with my sister?

 

For Teachers: Give time to students to answer the questions in pairs and elicit answers. Make sure students understand when we use the ‘used to’. To help them more you can present the following:

 2. Can you write down something you ‘used to do’ and you no longer do it?

3. Look at the pictures and key words and make sentences with ‘used to’. 

 

 

3. Now it’s time to write your personal examples. You can use the pictures you have already taken or search for images on ‘google image’. Write about 5 toys/thing you ‘used to’ play with when you were younger.
Here are some examples from previous students:
My mum used to read bedtime stories to me, this is one of the books.
These are my old shoes, I used to wear them at school.
 I used to read this book every day when I was 5 years old. I loved the pictures.