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Some of the most popular activities for English students involve music. It’s no secret that songs can motivate kids (and adults!) in ways that other games and activities don’t. While there are endless ideas for how to use music to practice your English, today we are going to highlight one of them that we especially enjoy: Lyrics Training.
Lyricstraining.com is a website that takes the classic fill-in-the-blanks activity to another level. You watch music videos with the lyrics written out below… but some of the words are missing! It’s your job to listen carefully to the song, and fill in the missing words. There is a huge variety of current and classic songs to choose from, and you can select between four different levels of difficulty (beginner, intermediate, advanced, or expert), and try to get the most missing words in the least amount of time. Believe us, it’s addictive!
Best of all, this is a game that students can play at home, or on their phones or tablets; they don’t have to beg their teacher to play it in class! So what are you waiting for? Find your favorite songs on the Lyrics Training website, and use them to improve your English! Can you make it to “expert” level??? Good luck!
‘Ask yourself’ is the title of an extraordinary, thought-provoking short text written by British School student Ángela Gutiérrez, in which she questions the nature of our lifestyle and the standards of today’s society. “Study, get a job, get married and have children” is what society expects from us, according to our promising young writer. However… is that all we are meant to do? Can we choose our future?
I invite you all to also ‘ask yourselves’ these questions and join Ángela across this brief but interesting journey.
– Julio (Ángela’s teacher)
One of the most difficult aspects of learning English can be figurative language. When we hear an idiomatic expression for the first time, it can be nearly impossible to imagine its meaning unless the context is strong enough to explain it.
While this problem is especially common for learners of English as a former language, the absurdity of some of the most common phrases used in English is not lost on native speakers. In the classic cartoon “Symphony in Slang”, from 1951, a story told using idiomatic slang uses the visual medium to highlight at just how funny and crazy the world would if we thought about figurative language in a literal way.
Watching this video is not only fun, but also a great way to learn a lot of expressions in English (be careful, though, because this video is from over 60 years ago, and some language isn’t used anymore!)
It’s February, and… let’s face it, we need some motivation here to keep going. So here are some quotations to help you in this – sometimes hard – journey 🙂 Enjoy yourself!
1. For the student who is extremely productive at unimportant things:
2. For the student who needs a reality-check:
4. For the student who can’t stop procrastinating:
5. For the student who is struggling with their self-belief:
6. For the student who has big ambitions:
8. For the student who can’t see the end of the road:
10. For the student who doesn’t understand the purpose of mistakes:
And finally……….. for every type of student:
Whatever works for you, share it with us in the comments below so others can try it!