“Jump”: Risk-taking vocabulary through music

This is a ready-made lesson you can use with your intermediate / upper-intermediate students. Copy and paste whatever you want to your heart’s content! You can use it to introduce / supplement those classic coursebook units on risk-taking, overcoming adversity etc. or as a stand-alone lesson.
The song is a mid-tempo ballad sung by Take That’s Gary Barlow, so it may not appeal to teens. It is filled with useful vocabulary, though, so you might want to give it a try anyway. This lesson has never been tested, so any feedback is most welcome. Continue reading “Jump”: Risk-taking vocabulary through music

teaching inversion – guest post by Ricardo Barros

It has long bothered me that the use of inversions in speaking is largely seen as unnatural. Time and time again I would go to a training session or overhear other teachers speaking and inversions would come up in a mocking tone, as if using this particular structure in speaking is hilarious in itself. In my experience, inversions (and to be more specific, inversions after negative adverbials) are commonly presented in advanced course books (CEFR C1) as a formal structure that should only be used in writing. Continue reading teaching inversion – guest post by Ricardo Barros

15 songs with comparatives

This is an updated version of the four music videos containing examples of comparatives I posted back in 2010. The response was so overwhelming and the number of searches so staggering that I decided to put together a nice, 8-minute video, containing 15 different song excerpts, organized by date – in the molds of my present perfect songs. Continue reading 15 songs with comparatives