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Today we’ve had a whole lesson about Adele and her new hit. I would like to know why the success, why all this fuss around her. Who knows?

The truth is this song is in my head since the moment I heard it for the first time. Isn’t it in yours?

Here you can see the videos we saw in class, in case you fancy watching them again.




Today we had a hilarious lesson, but that’s another story. What I want to share here is the result of an activity I adapted from Lessonstream, a website for teachers.

After studying the stress patterns and singing for a while, students in the CLIL course wrote their one sentences for the song. This is the result:

Chocolate pudding and Vanilla Ice-cream
Football and swimming or singing and dancing
Teddies and trains or dollies and toys
These are a few of my favourite things.

Boys in black trousers with big and red noses, 
mermaids are swimming with smiling seahorses, 
students are singing and teachers are drinking,
These are a few of my favourite things.

Chocolate and cookies when the rain is over,
carry my jacket and open the umbrella,
meeting my friend and a coffee together, 
these are a few of my favourite things.

Red coloured roses and watching a rainbow
When children are playing a delicious ice cream,
Laughs of a child and a big apple tree,

These are a few of my favourite things.

Lovely version recorded live for the Charity Children in Need, How Long Will I love You, by Ellie Goulding

Is this true or not?! Well, it certainly was in the 80s when I used to listen to this, haha! Check out the hair, the clothes!

Enjoy Cyndi Lauper at her best! Can you imagine she´s now 60!?

In class we have looked at the problems of fame for Abba.  If you listened to the interview, you will know that the tabloids said that they wanted to be paid in potatoes and not the local currency in Russia.  Don’t believe everything you read in the press.  If you want to see what the press are really like, then visit the website to see the main newspapers of the UK and you can see the day’s broadsheet front pages of the Independent, Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Times, and the tabloids The Sun, The Express, The Mail, and The Star.  Notice the difference in format and the way the tabloids are more scandalous and sensational.

All good journalists ask questions.  Here is a link to the New English File Intermediate Plus website to practise question formation, and click here to practise media vocabulary.

Of course, fame costs and as the film head of the New York Academy for Song and Dance says, ‘…and here is where you start paying.’  Do you remember the film and the TV series?  Here are the opening credits to the TV series from the 80s.  If you don’t want to pick up style tips from the 80s, then you can just sing along to the song.

And finally, don’t forget I asked you to do the listening exercise on page 11 of New Intermediate Plus for homework.  Click here to listen.

Happy Valentine’s!

Today we worked on some activities related to St. Valentine’s Day and I would like to share with you the videos displayed in class just in case you weren’t in class or you want to see them again.

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