Hi and welcome to my new blog.

I’ve been teaching for a couple of years now and I’ve decided to set myself a challenge.

I’ve noticed that the best way to engage my students is to provide an engaging context through various forms of media. Films, pictures and stories work great but my best lessons have been song based.

It’s not been all plain sailing. Trying to force my students to listen to my playlists backfired terribly. How can you not appreciate Iggy? Letting students choose a contemporary pop song seems to be the best way forward.

My challenge is to design and publish a lesson based on a song in the Top 10 every week.

If you have any feedback or suggestions please let me know.

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11 comments on “Welcome
  1. cornishkylie says:

    This sounds like a brilliant idea, I’m looking forward to your posts!

  2. florencia says:

    good luck!

  3. First lesson is available now. See above. Enjoy!

  4. Sandy Millin says:

    Hi Christopher,
    Thanks for your comment on my blog, and I’m happy that mine and Adam’s interview at IATEFL is what inspired you to start this. The lesson plans look great. I’ve added your blog to my feed, and I look forward to trying out some of your plans.

  5. marina says:

    i found this blog by chance, but i will keep an eye on it. i agree with you that songs are very engaging, and i’m using them a lot with teens. i often use lyricstraining.com.
    i’ll keep in touch

  6. Great ideas, Christopher! I look forward to using some of your lesson plans in class!

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