The Song By The Beatles English Language Essay

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Evidence: The discussion about the song shows the teacher whether students understood the song or not. The teacher sees that students understood the lyrics, when they fill in the blank spaces successfully. The teacher listens to the performances of pairs, creating their own adjectives and their opposites. An exercise in App.4 where students are asked to create pairs of adjectives in an opposite relation reveals whether students learned the new words or not.

Aims: Discuss the song, the theme. Teach students a new grammatical term - 'antonyms'. Practise the creation of antonyms of a given adjective with students. Get students to concentrate on the song so that they are able to understand and write down the missing words. Introduce opposite adjectives to students in a non-traditional, more enjoyable way. Teach students new vocabulary. Let students enjoy singing at the end of the lesson as a whole group; this may also function as a tool helping to improve both teacher/students and student/student relations in the class.

Language skills: Speaking - expressing students' opinions about the song

Listening - understanding the words of the song

Language system: grammar issue - antonyms

Assumption: I expect that students will not have any problems with concentration and they will listen to the song carefully even though they did not experience too many listening exercises like this, before. I assume that students will be able to understand the words in the song and write down the missing words in a correct form and spelling. I also assume that the words chosen in the exercise will be adequate to their level of English and students will be able to remember them at the end of the lesson and use them practically in the 'dumb show'.

Anticipated problems: Anticipated problems may arise from wrong assumptions, therefore a lack of concentration connected with listening to the song for the first time may occur. Students may lose motivation if they do not catch too many words for the first time. The Beatles song might not be so exciting for all the students, and therefore some natural noises, such as students` speaking or whispering and a clash of chairs, may disturb the lesson. There may be some problems in spelling, when students write down the missing words. Also some discipline problems might arise.

Detailed description of the lesson:

Greeting the teacher, the teacher introduces the grammatical issue - broadening vocabulary, introducing antonyms and listening to a song by the Beatles as the aim of the lesson.

The teacher introduces the song 'Hello Goodbye' and plays it for the first time. After hearing the song, students discuss - Who sings the song? What is the song about?

The teacher distributes the lyrics - App.3 with blank spaces and plays the song for the second time. Students are asked to listen carefully so that they can spot the missing words. The teacher plays the song more than once to give students a chance to fill all the blank spaces. After the last hearing of the song, students check their versions.

The teacher explains the term 'antonym' writing short notes about the rules and forms on the blackboard. Using notes on the blackboard, students are asked to create several examples.

The teacher distributes the exercise App.4 and students form pairs. Students are given a set of 20 adjectives (antonyms) on separate slips of paper; students need to find the answer from jumbled answers given.

Dumb show - in front of the blackboard, one of the students' mimes an adjective by a move or gesture - the class is to guess what it is. The successful guesser needs to find the opposite adjective and goes as the next.

At the end of the lesson, the whole class is invited to sing the song together, using the lyrics.


Lyrics of the song

'Hello, Goodbye' by the Beatles

Hello, Goodbye

You say yes, I say .........

You say stop, I say .........,........,.........

Oh no.

You say goodbye and I say ........,........,.........

I don´t know why you say goodbye I say ........,........,........

I don´t know why you say good bye I say ........

I say high, you say ........

I say why and you say I don´t know.

Oh no.

You say goodbye and I say ........,........,........

I don´t know why you say goodbye I say .........,.........,........

I don´t know why you say goodbye I say ........

Why, why, why, why, why, why, do you

say goodbye, goodbye, bye, bye.

Oh no.

You say goodbye and I say ........,........,........

I don´t know why you say goodbye I say ........,........,........

I don´t know why you say goodbye I say ........

You say yes, I say ........

You say stop and I say .......,........,........

Oh, oh no.

You say goodbye and I say ........,........,........

I don´t know why you say goodbye I say ........,.......,.......

I don´t know why you say goodbye I say ........,........,.......


Opposite Adjectives

Instructions: Write the adjective that completes each sentence.

Example: Is she an interesting person? -----> No, she's boring.

private thin unsure cruel asleep tough late sweet sad right loud far difficult loose sick strange hot nervous dry crooked

1. Is it cold outside? -----> No, it's ___________.

2. Are they certain about their decision? -----> No, they're _________.

3. Was she calm when the doctor told her the news? ----> No, she was ________.

4. Is your baby awake? -----> No, he's ________.

5. Is your teacher kind? -----> No, she's very ________.

6. Did you wake up early this morning? -----> No, I woke up ________.

7. Is the ground wet? -----> No, it's ________.

8. Does that line look like it's straight? -----> No, it looks ________.

9. Is the meat tender? -----> No, it's a little ________.

10. Do you like bitter chocolate? -----> No, I like chocolate that's ________.

11. Do I turn left here? -----> No, take a ________.

12. Is your grandmother healthy? -----> No, she's ________.

13. Are those kids happy? -----> No, they're ________.

14. Is his girlfriend fat? -----> No, she's ________.

15. Do you like soft music? -----> No, I like music that's extremely ________.

16. Is the school near your house? -----> No, it's pretty ________.

17. Was the test easy? -----> No, it was ________.

18. Does she like to wear tight jeans? -----> No, she likes jeans that feel ________.

19. Is this club open to the public? -----> No, it's a ________ club.

20. Is it normal to be this warm in January? -----> No, it's very ________.