Using Songs to Teach Grammar

Using Songs To Teach Grammar

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Grammar is the life of a language. Grammar is what holds it all together. Grammar gives a language its personality, its beauty, its breath.

Grammar, some might argue, is boring.

But we can all agree that using songs is a great way to teach grammar. Here’s a list of eleven songs and the grammar you might teach with them*

Future Simple (Passive)—Maroon 5 “She Will Be Loved”

Passive Voice—The Beatles “All You Need Is Love”

Present/Future Continuous—Ayo “Down On My Knees”

“I’d rather”—Kings of Convenience “I’d Rather Dance”

Verb Tense Review—The Beatles “In My Life”

Using Modals to talk about the past, present and future—Muse “Resistance”

Various Past Tenses—Human League “Don’t You Want Me?”

Present Simple—Queen “Somebody to Love”

Present Unreal/2nd Conditional—Bare Naked Ladies “If I Had A Million Dollars”

Present Unreal/2nd Conditional—Wizard of Oz “If I Only Had a Brain”

Present Unreal/2nd Conditional—Beyonce—If I Were a Boy

* You can use these songs in many ways. Here’s one:

(1) Listen to the song.

(2) Explain the targeted grammar.

(3) Have the students do some simple exercises.

(4) Print off and pass out the lyrics.

(5) Have the student underline the targeted grammar while you listen.

(6) Have the students write something related to the song using the targeted grammar.

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