Almost everyone loves music. It is a part of our language and life from before birth onwards. As babies, we hear lullabies. As young children we play, sing and dance to a myriad of nursery rhymes.
As adolescents, we are consumed by the beat of popular music artists worldwide. As adults, every form of advertising we hear, every special event we experience, is in part, music. Music pervades television, movies, theater, and even the nightly news. When we exercise, when we work, when we play, when we worship and even when we die, music is there to reinforce or alter our every mood and emotion. A catchy tune is played, hummed or sung, at times in our head, as we go about our everyday lives. So, why not include music and songs in language learning as well?
Factors Contributing to Listening Comprehension of Song:
• Use of new vocabulary, idioms and expressions – You’ll need to address the new material offered in each song. This includes grammar, vocabulary and usage.
• Pronunciation and accent of the singer – Every native speaker doesn’t pronounce or sing with the same accent. Students may be exposed to an accent which is outside the realm of what they might
normally hear in context.
This activity scrambles up the lyrics from 30 popular songs in an easy-to-use format. The teacher will give each student a copy of this packet (you can print it out page-by-page, but it is better to print it out all at once for them to keep). The students will arrange the song as it plays. Play the song at least twice for the students (all these songs can be found for free on youtube.com). This activity is ready to print and ready to use!