Tuesday, June 25, 2013

English Idioms & Phrasal Verbs with Jose Cuervo

I am not a huge song worksheet teacher. I find that they become too much of a crutch when you can do so many other things. Nonetheless sometimes inspiration strikes and you just can't ignore it!

NOTE: The worksheet and song both include references to alcohol. Please DO NOT use this unless your EFL students are old enough and your school is OK with it.

I repeat THIS SONG MENTIONS ALCOHOL! Please use your best judgement.

This is a simple worksheet where I copied the lyrics and then changed any phrasal verb, idiom, or other word I thought my students wouldn't know. Then I put the words I took out in a word bank. The students need to match the synonym with the original word. I would treat this as a reading exercise and then put the song on to double check their answers.

Next the worksheet checks comprehension by having the students put the events that happen in the song in order.

Finally students are given two different options as a final production task (drawing or writing).

The song is an awesome song for these types of phrases because it is filled with figurative language (can't carry a tune in a bucket, left feet, drown your sorrows, etc). It is country song and I tend to prefer this genre with EFL students. I find the narratives are easier to follow the rhythm slower and the the pronunciation clearer.

Here's a music video you could use in class, or just to listen to the song quickly:

This worksheet (which is just one page, but also includes a one page answer sheet) is available for free on Teachers Pay Teachers. If you don't already have a membership it is FREE just sign up here. If you do download the worksheet please leave a review to tell me what you thought or comment here.

What's your favorite song to use with idioms?  Let us know what you think! Connect with us @C_LaCross or @ESLcarissa


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