Like I mentioned before, we're going to be using a lot of songs in my ESL class. Today was only the second day, but I figured we could jump right into it. The first song I chose is The Beatles "Hello, Goodbye." I mean, it doesn't get much simpler than that. Hello, goodbye, yes, no, why?, I don't know, present tense, discussion about what "opposites" are, etc. Perfect!
One flaw. The Beatles music isn't sold online. And this little Beatles fan doesn't actually have any Beatles CDs. I know. Weird. I've asked for them on Christmas and birthday wish lists, but I seem to be too cheap to buy them on my own. Maybe it's the fact that I can sing all the songs without the actual music. Hmmm.
Sorry. Back from the tangent. I realized as I was about to head off to my class that my perfect plan to just download the song from iTunes was foiled. I didn't have time to search the web for a downloadable pirated copy, so I decided we would have to go music-less until I got my hands on a copy of the song.
So during the last 15 minutes of class, we read the song together and talked about what it meant. First I tried to get the students to guess the song just by looking at the lyrics. No luck. And then it hit me. Oh! The Target commercial! It's on a Target commercial! That struck a familiar chord. One student perked up and (kind of) sang the tune of the chorus. And I swear probably half the class went "Ohh!" in a chorus and just like that almost all of them knew what song we were learning.
You say goodbye, and I say bless Target.
3 years ago