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Teenagers: Songs 6: Songs and grammar

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Ideas for using songs to teach grammar.

Passive voice quiz

  • When working on the passive voice with your students, bring in a few well-known songs (no matter whether in L1 or English) and ask: Who was that song sung / written by? A great example of the passive voice in use and also drawing in the students’ knowledge of the world.

  • Ask students to get into teams. In their teams they must come up with at least 10 similar questions (they could do some research for homework) about songs.

  • Organise a class quiz, where team members challenge each other with questions like: Who were ‘Satisfaction’ and ‘Brown Sugar’ sung by? (Rolling Stones) or they could bring in tapes/CDs (if this is possible) or sing a snippet of the song and ask the questions.

Other ideas for using songs in classs

Teenagers: Songs 1: Music in the background

Teenagers: Songs 2: Music as a stimulus for speaking

Teenagers: Songs 3: Music as a stimulus for writing

Teenagers: Songs 4: Activities

Teenagers: Songs 5: Discussion and presentation

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Readers' comments (3)

  • Dear Lisa,
    We do have some great song videos! They are called M Tunes and you can find them under 'Games' in the drop-down menu.
    We hope you enjoy them!
    The onestopenglish team

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  • I'm very disappointed - I joined because I was told the site has great song videos but I can't find any - am I looking in the wrong places?? Help please.

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  • Where could I download song for the different tenses?

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