The Possibility Song (Modal Verbs)

13 Apr

Here is a brief little song – only one sentence – featuring the words of the American poet John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892). Step 1 Play the song and ask learners to write down the 17 words that make up the … Read More »

The Antioxidant Song

31 Mar

“The Antioxidant Song” (0:30) lists the top 10 foods that contain the most antioxidants – cancer-fighting properties – according to a recent study in Oslo, Norway. These top ten are not listed in any particular order. This song features the … Read More »

This Is Just To Say

30 Mar

Here’s a short little poem by William Carlos Williams that I set to music. It’s sung by Christy McWilson. Play it and ask students to write down what they hear. They should get the whole poem down in a few listenings. … Read More »

How Long Is International Women’s Day In Russia?

8 Mar

Listen for the 15 missing vocabulary items in this text. They are all short, but even so, you may need to listen several times to be able to write them all. Yeah, (1) ________ a little story about my first … Read More »

If I Can Stop…

25 Feb

Here’s a short poem by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) which I’ve rendered into song: a ready-to-use listening, vocabulary, and literature lesson. No materials necessary except for the audio. Step 1. Talk and write (before you listen) Look at the following 9 … Read More »

Personality Adjective List Song

18 Feb

Here’s what you do with this song. You’ll hear a list of 16 adjectives that describe a person’s personality or behavior. The activity is a kind of race. Play the whole song all the way through (1:14), and let students, … Read More »

St. Valentine’s Day: Valentine’s Day Pie

6 Feb

Here’s a mini C-test you can write on the board. It’s the words to a song called “Valentine’s Day Pie.” In a C-test the second half of every other word is missing. If the word has an odd number of … Read More »

Esmerelda, A Mexican Girl In The USA

5 Feb

Meet Esmerelda. This interview took place in the Blue Rock Shoot cafe. It’s real English in a real location, so there’s background noise. But it’s important to practice listening in just such environments. Listen to the short interview with Esmerelda … Read More »

The Chores Song

23 Jan

In this 40-second song you’ll hear a list of chores. Most of these are fairly strong collocations (words that go together). For example, what word is likely to go with “sweep”? Right, “the floor.” That’s not the only possible combination, … Read More »

St. Valentine’s Day: The History / Mystery of Valentine’s Day

23 Jan

There’s a lot of mystery around the history of Valentine’s Day.  In this audio, generously read by novelist Kristin Elizabeth Clark (Chunk, Jess, and the Road to Infinity, Freak Boy, Leaving The Bellweathers), we learn some strange, funny Valentine stuff.  … Read More »