Ok so for anyone who is interested this is the lesson I'm going to try out next week. Please see previous post for details of how I was inspired by various pages on the English Raven's blog as many of the teaching ideas below are his.
Image – Show learners image of rose and ask them for words that come to their head. Brainstorm onto the board.
Follow up conversation: When I see a rose I think of…. etc…See where the discussion goes…
Depending on how the discussion goes etc.. other things might happen but then I am going to tell them that the image made me think of a song by The Safires called Sweet Rose.
Wordle – guess as a class about the song based on the vocabulary (and vocabulary size/frequency)
Listen to the song…. Discuss any meaning issues… do songs need to make sense? etc…
Sight and sound – divide the class into two halves, listen again with one group listening to the words, the other half concentrating on the music. Each group should write down adjectives to describe what they hear (feelings, mood, etc.) and then share as a class, making lists for poet and music on the whiteboard. How does it make them feel? Do any lines jump out that they liked particularly? Why?
Gap fill Ask learners to listen again and fill in the gaps (I’ve removed all the verbs)
Language focus: Once they’ve got the completed lyrics in front of them I’ll ask them to identify what the main tense is (present simple). Then think about why. (It’s trying to convey a sense of now, how she currently feels, describing a moment, wanting it to feel immediate etc..) Look again at the verbs are they positive or negative? Why?
Language focus 2: Ask them to try to locate which places the singer goes to? E.g. within your eyes, through shards of light, within your sighs, to this earth, in the secret of your smile, in the sand, the palm of your hand, the ocean so blue below etc… See if they notice the prepositions of place and discuss this.
Depending on time maybe …
Dictogloss Place the students in teams and play the performance up to trace, (with the teams writing down what they hear/remember during the interludes between each stanza), with students pooling and discussing their notes (without referring to the original) and then attempting to reconstruct the song as accurately as possible. Have them refer to the original version of the song to self-correct their answers (as notes alongside their reconstructions).
Speaking follow up 1: Which place would you go to if you could? Why?
Speaking follow up 2: It’s time to tell one of your stories – where do you like to go to when you can? Use your imagination. Tell your partner and listen to their story. Tell the group.
Writing follow up: Individually or in pairs write a true or fictional story about a place they go to or would like to go to and why it’s special.
There are many other things I could do I'm sure but that's what I'm going to try out! I'm looking forward to it!
If anyone happens to want to try this as well here are the teaching notes in downloadable format:
Any feedback on how I could improve this, any additional ideas or any other thoughts would be most welcome :-)