Songs categorised by tense - Music for teaching

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Songs categorised by tense - Music for teaching

Unread post by Chocmonster » 17 Apr 2009, 08:12

Like the title suggests; I'm attempting to find clear, understandable songs to re-enforce grammar points and sentence structure.

I've started to list tenses and am trying to find a selection of songs for every tense/case.

Can you help?


So far:

- [ ] Present Continuous
Sitting on the dock of the bay… Otis Reading

- [ ] Present Simple
I'm too sexy… Right Said Fred

- [ ] Present simple and present continuous
Falling… The Rasmus

- [ ] Present Perfect
Have you ever seen the rain?… Creedence Clearwater Revival

- [ ] Present Perfect Continuous
I still haven't found what I'm looking for… U2

- [ ] Past simple

- [ ] Past continuous
Bang Bang (My Baby Shot me Down)… Nancy Sinatra
Where the wild roses grow… Nick Cave
The man Who sold the World… David Bowie
Day in the life… The Beatles

- [ ] Past perfect
Can you hear me running… Mike & The Mechanics

- [ ] Past prefect continuous

- [ ] Used to
I used to love him… Lauren Hill

- [ ] Was going to
You're going to lose that girl… The Beatles

- [ ] Diary future

- [ ] Will/Shall future
Will you still love me tomorrow?… The Shirelles
I will survive… Gloria Gaynor

- [ ] Future continuous

- [ ] Future perfect

- [ ] Future perfect continuous


Conditionals come next… Additions, comments and suggestions welcomed

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Re: Songs categorised by tense - Music for teaching

Unread post by Alex Case » 20 Apr 2009, 22:18

This is such a good idea. Here are ones I can think of off the top of my head:

Present Continuous

Tom's Diner- Suzanne Vega

Second Conditional

Being Around- The Lemonheads

If I Was A Boy- Beyonce
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Re: Songs categorised by tense - Music for teaching

Unread post by Chocmonster » 22 Apr 2009, 05:05

Thank you Alex, glad you like the idea!

Any more submissions, anyone?

***Stop press - Gremlin in the keyboard***

'Past simple' and 'Past continuous' should be swopped around in the first post - i.e.:
  • Bang Bang (My Baby Shot me Down)… Nancy Sinatra
    Where the wild roses grow… Nick Cave
    The man Who sold the World… David Bowie
    Day in the life… The Beatles
Are all Past Simple… my bad!

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Re: Songs categorised by tense - Music for teaching

Unread post by Alex Case » 22 Apr 2009, 10:40

As far as I remember, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For is Present Perfect Simple all the way through (as in the title)
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Re: Songs categorised by tense - Music for teaching

Unread post by bluenikcr » 15 May 2010, 17:20

Hope it's not too late...
I've used the following
Simple Present
Spending my time (Roxette)

Present Continuous
Lemon tree (Fool's Garden)

Simple Past
Because you Loved me (Celine Dion)

Future Simple
I'll be there for you (Bon Jovi)
Always (Bon Jovi)
You'll be in my heart (Phil Collins)
I'll never break your heart (Back street boys)

Second Conditional
If today was your last day (Nickelback)
If walls could talk (Celine Dion)

Mixed conditionals
Hands Clean (Alanis M)

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Re: Songs categorised by tense - Music for teaching

Unread post by mazzy » 01 Jul 2010, 09:45

Hello!

Some great suggestions already here. We've recently been working on a similar project at TeflTunes.com, producing a table of songs that could be used to teach various tenses:

http://www.tefltunes.com/grammarsongs.aspx

Please come by to have a look, and email us with your own suggestions to add!

Best regards,

Maz

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