The Internet TESL Journal

Focused Listening with Songs

Isaiah WonHo Yoo
iyoo [at]
American Language Center at UCLA Extension (California, USA)

1. Learners - Although this type of lesson can be used with students at every level of proficiency, teachers should take into account the proficiency level of their students when selecting a song. Teachers should also consider the complexity of the grammatical and phonological knowledge required of the students in order for their lessons to be effective.

2. Time - It can take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour.

3. Objective - To provide students with a focused listening activity where they have an opportunity to use their knowledge in both grammar and phonology of English. The teacher can also use this activity as a starting point for various grammar or pronunciation lessons.

4. Activities - Teachers should prepare two types of handouts: a cloze activity and a linking activity.

5. Procedures

6. The linking activity can be done in the following way:

The Internet TESL Journal, Vol. VIII, No. 7, July 2002