April 2011 – Hallelujah

Dear Teacher,

With the Easter break almost upon us it seems the prefect time to publish Roy Boardman’s wonderful worksheet for Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen’s most oft-covered song (many of you will be familiar with the Jeff Buckley version). Roy describes this as “a think in English”, and it is an opportunity for students and teachers alike to reflect the meaning of the lyrics of this very beautiful song.

The second addition to the Downloadable Worksheets section of the Teachers’ Area of www.tuneintoenglish.com is a direct reaction to last month’s tragic disaster in Japan. Although not directly related to a natural calamity, the title of U2’s The Unforgettable Fire quotes an art exhibition by victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. This worksheet was submitted by Mena Bianco.

New Team Up in English, the ideal course for the Scuola Secondaria di I° Grado, with songs by Tune Into English and published by ELI, is now available, and this month’s third worksheet is taken from this. Spider-Man (recorded by Michael Bublé) looks at present simple question forms. Further details on this title can be found here, along with details of Up To You!, the holiday book. Those of you in Perugia (and beyond!) are welcome to attend the Teacher Training session Using Music to Enhance Language Learning on 28th April – full details can be found here.

The Tune Into English Roadshow is continuing its tour, thank you to all those who have hosted the show, and to those who have sent in comments. You can see a large selection of videos and photographs from over four years of the Roadshow on facebook – there is a link on the home page of the Tune Into English website.

The Karaoke page of Tune Into English features over 7,300 songs, including several versions of Hallelujah. Don’t forget that you can sing along with the UK Top 10 Charts on the Speak Up site – updated weekly; there is a link on the Tune Home page too. There is also a special Easter Karaoke page, so why not have a sing along with your students before the break?

There will be no newsletter in May, due to touring commitments (including a return to Spain), but we will return in June. In the meantime, have a wonderful Easter, and indeed final few weeks of school term.

Best wishes,

Fergal Kavanagh
Tune Into English

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