Songs in the classroom – wrong lyrics

Levels: Any 

Aims: To listen for individual words/To make listening fun/To help the students make their own listening tasks

Choose a song appropriate for your students´ level of English. All you need to do is to change some of the lyrics by inserting wrong words into a song. Students listen for the right words and put in as many corrections as they can hear.

I have based this lesson idea on Rita Ora´s latest hit Anywhere. It´s aimed at intermediate level students.

Materials: 

Lyrics:

Rita Ora Anywhere

Handouts

Rita Ora ANYWHEREwronglyrics

Rita Ora ANYWHEREanswerkey

  1. Lead-in    

Have students work in small groups and discuss the following questions:

  • What´s your favourite song?
  • What´s your favourite type of music?
  • Do you play any musical instruments?
  • Who are your favorite bands or artists?
  • How often do you listen to music?
  • Where do you normally listen to music?
  • Have you got your favourite radio station or a music channel?
  • What is your least favourite type of music?
  • Do you like listening to music while doing homework or studying?
  • Can you name 10 different types of music in ten seconds? +/- 10 min

2. Wrong lyrics

Give out a copy of the wrong lyrics to each student: Rita Ora ANYWHEREwronglyrics

Tell them that some of the words there are wrong! They have to listen for the right words and put in as many corrections as they can hear:

Rita Ora ANYWHERE
Time flies by when the night is dark
Daylight shines on an undisclosed location, location
Bloodshot skies looking for the sun
Paradise delivered and we call it a vacation, vacation

You’re painting me a scream that I
Wanna belong in, wanna belong in

Over the drills and far away
A million miles from L.A
Just anywhere away with you
I know we’ve got to get a day
Someplace where no one knows our brain
We’ll find the start to something blue
Just take me anywhere, take me anywhere
Anywhere away with you x2

Fun, little less fun
Little less, over, over, over, over, me
Oh, fun, little less fun
Little less, over, over, over, over, me
Tooth comes out when we’re blacking out
Cooking for connection in a crowd of empty faces, empty faces
Your secrets are the only thing I’m craving now
The good, and the bad, let me in
‘Cause I can fake it, I can fake it

You’re painting me a scream that I
Wanna belong in, wanna belong in

Over the drills and far away
A million miles from L.A
Just anywhere away with you
I know we’ve got to get a day
Someplace where no one knows our brain
We’ll find the start to something blue
Just take me anywhere, take me anywhere
Anywhere away with you x2

Fun, little less fun
Little less, over, over, over, over, me
Oh, fun, little less fun
Little less, over, over, over, over, me

+/- 10 min

3. Have the students compare their answers in pairs and give out a copy of the correct lyrics for them to sing along to at the end!

+/- 10 min

4. Extension task – students become teachers!

Have the students work in two (or more) groups and prepare a similar activity for the other group to complete. You can either have them choose from a list you have previously prepared or ask them to give you a number from 1 to 8 and work on a song under the corresponding number.

Here´s a list I used with my intermediate students:

  1. Shakira Waka Waka
  2. Shawn Mendes Youth
  3. Ed Sheeran Shape of You
  4. Justin Bieber Never Say Never
  5. Madness Our House
  6. Katy Perry Firework
  7. The Police Every Breath you Take
  8. U2 Only to be with you

 

Happy Creating!

 

 

 

 

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