I have been teaching ELT/EFL since the mid-1990s, and I’ve used songs extensively in my lessons from the get-go – Stevie Wonder Superstitious was the first song I ever used in the classroom in case you’re wondering.
I have extensive teacher training experience, as well EFL examining experience, and that experience has broadened the way I views English language teaching. I lecture British History and culture at a top UK university something that has also contributed to my work – it can be seen in the reading texts from Top Ten for example.
Music and lyrics have long been passions of mine, and so I decided to combine them and thus I have spent the last decade promoting the use of songs and song lyrics in the ELT classroom by facilitating workshops and giving talks in the UK and internationally.
Check out these video links below to listen to a sample of those talks, and feel free to subscribe to my YouTube channel.
Explicit Content – Exploiting Songs and Song Lyrics for the EFL Classroom
IATEFL Conference Liverpool, UK, April 2013
Changing attitudes – Using songs and song lyrics in EFL.
IATEFL Conference Harrogate, UK, April 2014
Twistin’ My Melon.
IATEFL Conference Manchester, UK, April 2015
The Most Important Words you are ever going to hear. (follow on lecture)
TED X University of Essex, UK, August 2015https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwp4D3HkWbY&t=411s
Waxing Lyrically – Creative EFL uses for songs and song lyrics.
ELT Council Malta, October 2016https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-tj0a6lLQ8
Creative EFL Uses for songs and song lyrics – The teacher’s video glossary.
Bad Language? – Are taboo words in EFL unacceptable or expressive?
IATEFL Conference Glasgow. UK, April 2017
Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF8hH3qtSxY&t=2s
Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRV69Ai4qVA
Express Yourself – Creating Materials/lesson plans from songs & song lyrics.
ELT Council Malta, October 2017
The Message. Constructing meaningful, useable EFL materials from Songs/Song Lyrics.
IATEFL Conference Brighton, April 2018
Strange Fruit. Exploring Social Justice issues through songs in the ELT Classroom.
ELT Council Malta, October 2018