January 2019 – Pop Music Chart Day

Dear Teacher,

A very Happy New Year. I hope you had a peaceful Christmas break and are ready for 2019.


Pop Music Chart Day

The 4th January is Pop Music Chart Day. Tune Into English has published the UK Top 10 on Speak Up since 2010, and all Top 40 hits since then are on the Karaoke page. You can see this week’s charts here, and the link on Tune’s homepage (as well as on www.speakuponline.it) is updated weekly.
– Extracts from the Tune Into English Roadshow (with downloadable lesson plans)
– See all 56 Speak Up Explains videos 

January’s New Downloadable Worksheets

The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll is also the King of Number 1s – Elvis Presley (who would be 84 on the 8th of this month) has had 21 chart-topping singles in the UK chart, compared to The Beatles’ 17.

All Shook Up
This was Elvis’s first UK Number 1, in 1957, remaining on top for 7 weeks. Regular contributor Mena Bianco’s worksheet features a vocabulary activity for parts of the body.

Hound Dog
This only made Number 2 in the UK, in 1956, but Elvis’s version is considered one of the greatest recordings of all time. This low level worksheet has a crossword using images.

– Over 340 Downloadable worksheets now online
– Download complete list of online worksheets
– See important dates in January for more resources.
Most of the worksheets have been written by your colleagues – perhaps you have prepared one and want to share it?

The Tune Into English Roadshow

The feedback for the 2018-2019 Tune Into English Roadshow has been very positive – this month sees shows in Abruzzo, Lazio, Umbria and Le Marche. Thank you to all of those who have already booked, I look forward to meeting you and your students.

See videos from all Roadshow tours, from 2005
Primary Show

“The best ESL experience ever!” – Prof.ssa Antonella Porcu, Liceo Scientifico “G. Spano”, Sassari

Tune Into Queen

A 20 minute video of this show, presented in November, is now online. This is also the last chance to purchase the five-star  2019 Queen Diary – it will go out of print at the end of this month.
– Read November’s Speak Up article about Freddie Mercury.

Cultural Integration, Research and Workplace Programmes in Ireland

Carlow International English Language School offers exclusive tailored Cultural Integration, Research and Workplace Programmes throughout the school year, with focus also on sport and music. You can read further details here.

Also online:

– Over 11,500 Karaoke songs (including Christmas karaoke!)
– Sing along with this week’s UK Top 10 on Speak Up
The Queen Diary
Notes From An ELT Consultant – free to Supporters of the site!
Once – 48-page Film Worksheet
Summer schools in Ireland
The Tune Into English T-shirt
Ten Years of The Tune Into English Roadshow – the book
Tune Into English on facebook
–  tuneintoenglish on Instagram

Once again, a very Happy New Year – keep singing!

Best wishes,

Fergal Kavanagh
The web’s largest free resource for learning English through pop music!

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