Sunday, March 01, 2009

The song 'HERO' for the present simple

A motivational tool beneficial for the students, this song can also be manipulated to practise the English grammar - the present simple tense in particular.

I've used this worksheet that I've prepared in two ways. I've used it as either a pre-grammar analysis activity or a post-grammar lesson's activity.

To use it to begin your class, you can ask the students to try selecting an option, and then listen to the song to check their answers. Then ask about their scores upon 15 (there are fifteen sets of options here). Check what are the items that they've answered wrongly or correctly, and then ask them to tell you what are the grammar rules that's being applied here. Encourage them to attempt a grammar-discovery experience before you go on explaining it.

You may also use this worksheet to end your grammar lesson as a method to test your students' understanding of the present simple. Let them pick the options individually or in pairs, before listening to check on their answers.

Either way, my students have always enjoyed singing this meaningful song at least once to end the class. So here goes the worksheet:

HERO – Mariah Carey

First, choose the correct option. Then, listen and check your answers.

There (’s / ’re) a hero
If you look inside your heart
You (doesn’t / don’t) have to be afraid
Of what you (is / are)
There (’s / ’re) an answer
If you reach into your soul
And the sorrow that you (know / knows)
Will melt away

And then a hero (come/ comes) along
With the strength to carry on
And you (cast / casts) your fears aside
And you (know / knows) you can survive
So when you (feel / feels) like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you'll finally see the truth
That a hero (lie / lies) in you

It (’s / ’re) a long road
When you (face / faces) your world alone
No one (reach / reaches) out a hand
For you to hold
You can find love
If you search within yourself
And the emptiness you felt
Will disappear


Lord (know / knows)
Dreams (is / are) hard to follow
But don't let anyone
Tear them away
Hold on
There will be tomorrow
In time
You'll find the way


Good luck and send me a feedback!

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