Driving Home: Question-forming Task / Vocabulary for Describing a Song

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11th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
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Level: B2.

Length: 45-60 minutes

Description: A Christmas-themed lesson, inspired by the song Driving Home for Christmas, by Chris Rea. The lesson is in five parts:

  1. A warm-up discussion of Christmas songs
  2. Listening to Driving Home for Christmas and responding to the mood and lyrics of the song (Please ensure you have a legally-obtained recording of the song and a licence to use it with your learners before doing this part of the lesson).
  3. A gap-fill task using a text about the inspiration for the song. Learners do this in pairs, forming appropriate questions to obtain the missing information from their partner.
  4. Conversation questions: sharing anecdotes about long journeys etc.
  5. A research and presentation task: pick a favourite song and find out about its history, then present this information to the class.

Language the students need to have already: Familiarity with a range of tenses and with both active and passive voice. Vocabulary for describing feelings.

Suitability: Suitable for adult or teenage learners, online or offline. The paired task in part 3 can be done with the teacher if there is only one learner.

The main student resource for this lesson is available free of charge at https://englishin3d.net/2022/12/04/driving-home-for-christmas/.

The download here at TpT includes three documents:

  • Gap-fill task, part 3: Partner A
  • Gap-fill task, part 3: Partner B
  • Vocabulary for Describing a Song, for use in part 5.

Please check the "Preview" pdf to see these in more detail.

Total Pages
3 pages
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Teaching Duration
50 minutes
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