Sia- Everyday is Christmas

Australian singer-songwriter Sia has released an album called ‘Everyday is Christmas’, with 10 brand new songs about the holiday season. The tone of the songs ranges from festive to the one in Sia’s best-known ballads.

I feel some of the songs in the album could be used in a classroom context, replacing other classics teachers themselves might be tired of using year after year. The videos for three of the songs can also be attractive to young children, as they use claymation.

In any case, here’s a playlist with Christmas-related songs, as well as Sia’s full album:

Crime and the Law- related music, books, films and TV shows

(updated 3.11.2019)

If you want to increase your vocabulary to talk about crime and the law, you can listen to the songs on this playlist (or any others):

You can also watch any of these films:

  • Witness For The Prosecution (Billy Wilder 1957) [Good depiction of the British legal system, based on a play by Agatha Christie]

  • Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock 1954) [Alleged murder]

  • To Catch a Thief (Alfred Hitchcock 1955) [romance / thriller about a retired thief / cat burglar]

  • Take The Money and Run (Woody Allen 1969) [hilarious comedy about a petty thief who always gets caught]
  • A Few Good Men (Rob Reiner 1992) [courtroom drama about the US Marines in Guantanamo]

TV SHOWS:

Monty Python’s Flying Circus (BBC 1969-1974)- They had many different sketches dealing with crimes and criminals, among which you can watch:

 

Blackadder Goes Forth (BBC 1989)- Court Martial

Sherlock (BBC 2010-2017). Excellent show. Can’t comment any more.

https://ororo.tv/en/shows/sherlock

Finally, Roald Dahl wrote several short stories for adults, some of which have to do with crimes. You may read “Lamb to the Slaughter“, for example, or “The Landlady“. You can also watch TV episodes based on the stories.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents– “Lamb to the Slaughter” (directed by Alfred Hitchcock, script by Roald Dahl based on his own short story):

Tales of the Unexpected (Anglia Television)- “The Landlady” (introduced by Roald Dahl):

Recent TV shows related to crime:

Big Little Lies (HBO):

13 Reasons Why (Netflix):

A Very English Scandal (BBC, 2018):

A Confession (ITV, 2019)

travel and holidays Spotify playlist

appearances, fashion and stereotypes playlist

Unrequited love letter

The exercise below was created as part of our sessions on love and relationships. The objective of this particular exercise was twofold: first, I wanted to show our students that pop songs can be an excellent way to improve your vocabulary. So I came up with this “love letter”.

Besides, it can be done and self-checked by students on their own, in case they’re not able to come to class on that day or want to do it again sometime later to revise vocabulary.

Click on the picture. The exercise will open in a new page. 

Then, drag and drop the words to suitable gaps to complete this love letter. Whenever you see an information (‘i’) icon on the gap, a hint will be available to help you.  You can check your answers by clicking on the ‘check’ button. 

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Most of the expressions have been taken from pop songs, which goes to show how useful they can be when learning English. Most of the songs can be found on the playlists in this post.

 

Relationships: love, family, friends playlists

This week’s topic at the CARLEE is that of relationships, be it within romantic love, in the shape of friendships or family relations. To get you started, here are some Spotify playlists for each topic:

Love: link to playlist

Family: link to playlist

Friends: link to playlist

Happy listening!

 

Spotify playlist- Christmas