Journal: Cheesy ESL Songs… Kind of Rock

During my planning this weekend, I realized that the students need to have some sort of memorized reference for forming questions and possessives. 

Based on the fact that I can’t remember all the days of the week in Russian but I can remember how to say in Russian, “Do you want me to blow up all the stars that disturb your sleep?” (from the song “Khochesh” by Zemfira), I decided that using a song this week would serve my purposes best.

Our text series actually comes with a whole book of pop-style songs, as well as both normal audio CDs and a karaoke CD.  There’s a song for each level in each unit, and seriously, I was so excited when I read the lyrics of the song.  They’re nothing profound, but they the exact vocabulary, phrases, and demonstrations of possessive nouns and adjectives (i.e. Emily’s and her) I was looking for.  Memorizing these lyrics will help them understand and use the language we’re working on.

Then I listened to it.  Ouch.  It was the dumbest sounding thing I’d ever heard.  It was seriously painful.  I was really hesitant to stand behind anything so trite and hopelessly cheesy. 

But they need what it had to offer English-wise, so we’ll be studying it every day this week.  This is not, after all, a music composition class.  Today I took a deep breath and dove in.  I confessed to the class that I was scared to use this style of music because I think it’s bad music.  I also told them that the lesson is very good, and that they’ll remember it forever. 

Regardless of my lukewarm introduction, they seemed to enjoy it.  Some students were even singing along, some tone deaf and some not.  🙂

So I’m glad I tried out this song thing.  I’m not quite as glad that it’s super catchy and will be in my head all day. 

PS – A better Zemfira song (in my opinion) is London.  She’s a pretty incredible singer.

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