ESL Songs with Phonetics: James Arthur, Say you won’t let go

James Arthur is just a geezar. Love this song, and whether my students do or not, they’re going to do this phonetics activity with his new song: Say you won’t let go.  If you haven’t taught your students phonetics yet, then have a look at ways to teach phonetics. There are a couple ways you can do this lesson. 1- Students listen to the song first and try to fill the gaps. Then put the words in the correct columns and...

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ESL Songs with Phonetics: Bruno Mars 24k Magic

Bruno Mars is a cool geezar, but he does have a habit of swearing in his songs. Don’t worry because I cut them out of this phonetics activity based on his latest hit 24K Magic. Sure most of your students will probably tell you which ones though. If you haven’t taught your students phonetics yet, then have a look at ways to teach phonetics. There are a couple ways you can do this lesson. 1- Students listen to the song first...

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ESL Song with Phonetics: We Don’t Talk Anymore.

I might be risking scaring off some fans with this song by Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez: We don’t talk anymore, but I promised one kid I’d make a phonetics activity with his favourite song. The same kid who annoyed the hell out of me all class by singing the chorus. Nevermind, he did his homework for the first time this month, so this is his reward. If you haven’t taught your students phonetics yet, then have a look...

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Phonetics Spelling
Nov14

Phonetics Spelling

Can you spell out words using the phonetic sounds? It’s a great skill to have, one that I’ve finally mastered after a few years teaching phonetics. It’s not that difficult, and once you know the symbols and sounds you’ll be able to teach your students to as well. They’ll also be impressed by your dazzling skills and vote you for ESL teacher of the year. As usual, this activity is for those students who know the sounds and...

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ESL Songs with Phonetics: Adele, Send your Love

Adele, oh Adele, how do you do it? Over 250 million views on youtube with your latest song Send your Love. Fancy doing some phonetics in class with this song, then below is an activity. If you haven’t taught your students phonetics yet, then have a look at ways to teach phonetics. There are a couple ways you can do this lesson. 1- Students listen to the song first and try to fill the gaps. Then put the words in the correct...

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ESL Phonetics: Phonetics Bingo!
Oct17

ESL Phonetics: Phonetics Bingo!

Nothing like 12 kids shouting bingo to get you through your dull Monday afternoon, especially when they do it with phonetics. I love playing bingo in class because the kids enjoy it, it’s pure luck so the quiet, non chatty students can win, and they all get to practise a bit of phonetics at the same time. To do this, your students will need to know the phonetic sounds and symbols, if you’re not sure how to teach them still then check...

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