Listening and Writing
Language and Music
Thu. 3rd. Period Tim Hemington
Culture, Discussion, Listening, Presentation, Project, Research, Speaking, Vocabulary, Web Activities, Writing

Students learn how to express themselves creatively in English through music and lyricism. They select music from artists they admire and learn to analyse the lyrics, techniques and patterns in order to establish understanding. Song writing patterns and structures are compared and contrasted and students identify styles and genres. Students identify topics they feel strongly about and explain why these issues are important. They select songs that somehow relate to their chosen topics and deconstruct the lyrics in order to express relevance. Students develop the following English language skills: Listening, Reading, Creative Writing and Interpretation. The core subject is used as a vehicle to examine contemporary issues including: philosophy, psychology, politics, history, theology and globalisation. This course is suitable for students who are comfortable participating in class in English and have an interest in modern music.

Students are expected to:

  • Openly share opinions.
  • Develop objective criticality.
  • Contribute to class workshops
  • Deliver Media assisted presentations

Students pass the course when they successfully complete all assigned course work. Final grades will be compiled from attendance, classroom participation, completed assignments, and group presentations. Students are reminded to pay particular attention to university attendance regulations. PLEASE NOTE. Class Interaction via Moodle use is a mandatory course requirement and will be assessed in relation to the final grade. Plagiarism is unacceptable.

This course will focus on helping students to develop listening skills, interpretation, deconstruction, creative writing techniques,  presentation techniques and organizational skills.

Other course objectives include:

  • Developing specific emotive and critical vocabulary related to contemporary expression.
  • Interacting effectively in small groups to prepare presentations.

Attendance: 10%
Class Participation: 20%
Homework (Moodle Assignments): 20%
Presentation 1: 15%
Presentation 2: 15%
Final Assignment: 20%


Orientation / Course Overview / Introductions


Genres in Western Music


Taste and Quality: What do you like and why do you like it?


Presentation Development Workshop: Genres and Styles


Group Presentation 1: Genres and Styles


Presentation Analysis and Feedback


Presentation Development Workshop: Artist in Focus


Song Structures and Techniques


Group Presentations 2: Artists in Focus


Presentation Analysis and Feedback


Deconstructing Song Lyrics / Establishing Meaning


The Role of the Music Video / Class Discussion


Final Presentation Development Workshop


Final Group Presentations: The Role of the Music Video