30 Countries With A Million English Speakers (And Where English Has Some Official Status)

12 Jan

Play this song or video in class to develop your students awareness of how many people speak English, where they speak it, and how deeply rooted English is in the corners of the globe. There are, according the David Crystal’s … Read More »

10 Funky Adjectives Ending In “y”

5 Oct

It’s a very Englishy thing to add a “Y” to a word and turn it into an adjective. Fish smell fishy. Woods smell woodsy. Cows can be beefy, and on and on. These words tend to be a little slangy, or informal. (By the way, funky means unusual).

Here are 10 fun “Y” adjectives .

The 10 Biggest Countries

24 Dec

That’s right. This 15-second song lists the largest countries of the world. It’s a good dictation for groups of all levels. Play the song and students write. You might not tell them the title, only afterwards asking them what the … Read More »

The 32-Adjective Song

20 Jun

Yep, this song lists 32 adjectives to describe personality or behavior types. Give it a listen and see if students can write down all the adjectives. Stop the song after each verse for lower levels. Repeat as necessary. Key: foolish, … 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 »

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 »

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 »

Kevin’s Favorite Food Waltz

1 Dec

Here is another list song. That means you can just play it, and students will write as fast as they can, trying to list all the favorite foods that are sung. You’ll also learn a bit about cuisine in America … Read More »

Counting Songs

30 Nov

Students practice saying numbers. This is good practice even for advanced learners. They won’t believe it, but let them try. Step 1 In “Counting Song 1 – 7,” students sing along with the numbers: “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, … Read More »

The Animal List Song

14 Nov

This is a recycled version of the Counting Songs. Same music. But this time the singer sings a list of 21 creatures. The song is only 15 seconds long, but from it you get THREE great activities for students. The … Read More »