Music in English

Como trabajo práctico del curso “Mejora de la competencia comunicativa en Inglés” y para su posible aplicación en el aula, Delia nos plantea esta actividad de Música en Inglés dirigida a alumnos de 4º ESO.

MUSIC IN ENGLISH

Main objectives:

  • Listening to a song in a conscious way, especially to the lyrics in English.
  • Making an effort to improve the pronunciation, attending to the stress of the word employed in the lyrics of a song.
  • Talking about a subject and trying to maintain an opinion.
  • Being conscious about the problems of racial segregation in the 50’s in the USA.
  • Recognizing some features of  “black” music, mainly blues.
  • Discussing the problems that immigrant people have nowadays in our country, in our town.

Contents:

  • The blues, musical features, hearing recognition.
  • Identification of easy English words in a song
  • Situation of the black community in the USA in the first half of the 20th century.
  • Analysis of the situation of immigrant people in our country.

Description:

First, students have to listen to the song and fill in the gaps from the lyrics. If this activity is not too difficult for them, they  invent other words in this gaps paying attention to the number of syllables and the stressed ones. Afterwards, they discuss some facts or subjects already proposed, related to the song.

Evaluation:

  • Filling in the gaps in the song.
  • Using the most suitable words in the gaps of the song.
  • Speaking fluently English.
  • Describing main music features of the song.

First activity: Fill in the gaps in the lyrics.

Billie Holiday “Strange Fruit” Lyrics


Songwriters: Allan, Lewis; Pearl, Maurice; Wiggins, Dwayne P.

Song: A strange fruit

Singer: Billie Holiday

Southern trees bear strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the popular trees
Pastoral scene of the gallant south
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh
Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck

For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop

Here is a strange and bitter cry

Southern trees bear strange fruit
Blood on the ______ and blood at the ________
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the popular _______
Pastoral scene of the gallant south
The bulging _______ and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burning ________
Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck

For the _______ to rot, for the trees to _______
Here is a strange and ________ cry

Second activity: Fill in the gaps with words so as to make sentences which make sense. (you cannot use the original words).

Third  activity: .Imagine you are an immigrant in an foreign country. Try to explain to your classmates your personal situation.

Delia López de Murillas

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