Teaching Tracks

2021 – March – TESOL Spain

Image of an article reviewing the book Top TenThanks for joining me at TESOL Spain’s Online Conference. Saturday 13th March 9.45 BST, 10.45 CET.  If you missed the talk, you could still watch this on YouTube. Using Songs to Explore Social/Controversial Issues 

In these extraordinary times, in which we are currently living it is more important than ever to adjust the sails of what we teach and how we teach it, allowing for discussion of societal, cultural social and personal issues. This talk focused on how songs provide the ideal medium to explore issues that are more controversial in nature in the ELT classroom. Examples are taken from my current book Teaching Tracks: Top Ten and my forthcoming 20 song book, Twenty Twenty Vision – A Vision for the 2020s. 

Thanks to Kevin Salvage, Teacher Training Centre (CEP) Santander, for the brilliant review that sums up perfectly what Top Ten is all about. Read the review.

ELT/EFT series of coursebooks based on songs and song lyrics

Teaching Tracks coursebooks a collection of authentic materials and creative classroom materials. They adopt a completely new approach to using songs and song lyrics in English language teaching and is based purely on songs and their derived themes. 

The materials are great for language teaching/learning, raising awareness on culture and real life issues. Lessons are based on the idea that songs are a multi-skilled text type that facilitate a wide range of language learning.

– speaking
– listening
– reading
– writing
– vocabulary
– grammar
– pronunciation
– phonetics

So far in the series:
Three mini coursebooks or ‘Singles’ (as we like to call them) based on Space Oddity by David Bowie, Money by Pink Floyd and Roar by Katy Perry.

Top Ten, consists of a Teacher’s Book (with full instructions and answers) and a Student’s Book complete with full lessons and appendices. This compilation (or  ‘album’ as we like to call it) features materials using ten top songs.

Both the Teacher’s Book and the Student’s Book are available directly from the Book Shop  via PayPal. If you are ordering from outside of the EU or require more than one copy, send us a message directly so we can work out competitive postal prices.

Next in the series is Twenty-Twenty Vision. These coursebooks explore social (and social justice) issues that we need to become aware of and/or combat in the 2020s. The release date of this has been pushed back due to the pandemic and will be adjusted to an online format.

If you want to preview the books and materials, you can download a free sample here.

We would love your input and feedback on this site and the materials so please get in touch!

© Chris Walklett. Teaching Tracks and Top Ten are both Trademarks.

1 thought on “Teaching Tracks

  1. Hi Chris,
    I saw you speak at the ESOLBarcelona online conference earlier this year.

    I use Google Meet as my ESOL teaching platform. The sound quality is not just bad it is terrible.The advice seems to be to use the Cast option but it simply doesn’t connect.
    Could I ask whether you have encountered this yourself or whether you would have any suggestions.

    Best wishes
    Simon WJ

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