A2 · B1 · Learning English with songs · Listening

David Bowie – The Man Who Sold the World

Here’s a song written by David Bowie back in the 70s that became very famous again when Nirvana performed their fantastic cover. It wasn’t an easy task for me to decide which version to use; because I love both of them, but since very few people know that Bowie wrote it, I eventually decided to use this one. The aim of this activity is to become familiar with the relative pronoun ‘who’ and to practise simple past verbs. There are two versions, one with the verbs in brackets and the second one without the verbs.

B2 · C1 · C2 · Listening · Vocabulary

Flipping cards Medical professions

Here’s another flipping card quiz, but this time with audio files so you can hear how to pronounce each word.

Two things I’d like to mention. One is that there are other ways to pronounce many of these word depending on where the English is spoken, but basically I’m sticking to my mother tongue, which is Brit English. Two, there’s a bit of white noise in some of the audios, but I don’t know how to remove this yet, because I’ve just started using the programme and it looks a bit like an aircraft control panel (all full of knobs and buttons).

Anyway, I’m really pleased about being able to upload audios and listen to them getting over the shame one feels when hearing their own voice.

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B1 · B2 · Learning English with songs · Listening

David Bowie – Heroes

Another incredible song by David Bowie (Did he ever do anything that was not worth while?). This song is for revising vocabulary from different topics dealt with in intermediate levels. It’s also a great way to hear a good sample of ‘will’ for future use as the song deals with a posssible future situation, where two people are engaged, probably in being themselves, against all the odds. I hope you enjoy the activity.

This activity is also a homage to my brave students that come to classes despite having to almost freeze to death due to that classes must be held with all the windows open and that there will always be a risk of catching this virus that threatens to change our lives in such a drastic way.

C1 · Learning English with songs · Listening

Muse – Uprising

Muse image from Wikipedia

I love this song! Gives one such a feeling of power and recharges batteries. Maybe you like it as much as I do, so you might enjoy doing this listening activity and at the same time, finding out the meaning of some idioms and synonyms. First do the pre-listening activity and after you can do the sentence completion.

A1 · A2 · Learning English with songs · Listening

Cliff Richard & The Shadows – Summer Holiday

This is a good song for the present continuous and vocabulary related to holidays and having a good time. The first activity is a jumbled sentence listening and the second activity is a sentence completion. Levels A1/A2
A1 · Listening

A1 Present continuous fun vintage-video

Wow! I found this video on Youtube from Language Planet Toluca (I subcribed and gave them a like, too). It’s sort of ‘vintage’ (and I almost freaked out when I saw those guys chanting in the kitchen), but it’s fun and you have lots of opportunities to hear the present continuous and vocabulary related to homes. Watch the video and after, you can do the listening on the button below.

from Language Planet Toluca