The Number Waltz

4 Nov

Step 1 Play the songs “The Number Waltz” and “Penny’s Number Waltz.” The music is the same, but the words – or in this case, numbers – are different. Students write down the numbers that they hear. Step 2 Ask … Read More »

Albina’s Anchovy Story

30 Oct

Here is a Little Story written and recorded by Albina Krasnova of Samara, Russia. Step 1 Before engaging students in the listening task below, you might want to involve them in some pair discussions on the subject of pizza. 1. … Read More »

Halloween: Dancing With The Skeletons

28 Oct

This is a choreography song… A Halloween dance number. There are almost no words to to this song. When you listen to the mp3 file, you’ll notice sections of the song are numbered: a voice will say 1, 2, 3, … Read More »

Halloween: Mr Candlelight

28 Oct

In this creepy song the singer actually sings to a candle. What does he say? Some key words have been gapped out of the lyrics, but they are listed below. You might try filling in the blanks before listening. Nouns: … Read More »

Ghost at the Door

28 Oct

Here is a short Halloween song of four lines. However, it has been mixed into language chunks. The task is to rearrange the eleven chunks below into the four-line poem. Afterwards students can listen to the song to check their … Read More »

How Do You Say Remont?

15 Oct

If you live in a country where everyone knows the word remont, start off with these questions for pairs or small groups: 1. What are your associations with the word remont? Is it positive, neutral, or negative? 2. Think of your … Read More »

Oh, Susannah

8 Sep

Listen to this horrible old song. Sorry, Stephen Foster. I come from Alabama with a banjo on my knee I’m going to Louisiana, my true love for to see It rained all night the day I left, the weather it … Read More »

The Slug

8 Sep

Step 1 Here we’ve got a short story song about a slug. Do a listening activity before revealing the words. Play it and have students write down the words. There are only 4 lines. Option You can do a sorting … Read More »

The Movement Song (Ufa)

8 Sep

This song contains instructions for making 12 movements. The first step is to listen and understand what the movements are. Play the song and ask students to write down as many of the instructions as they can. Once students know … Read More »