Listening
Grammar through Rock and Pop Music
- Cloze Exposed
Wed. 2nd. Period Stephen Hofstee
Keywords:
Culture, Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Speaking, Vocabulary, Music, Music Genre

This course is a combination grammar, listening, and communication course suitable for students with a TOEFL score of up to 459, or for students who have successfully completed the Gateway English course.

Students will be exposed to and given practice with various grammar points through cloze activities based on rock or pop music.  Vocabulary related to rock and pop music and genres will also be looked at through the course.  The grammar points will topics will be introduced through listening to rock or pop songs, and at the end of the course, from tasks developed by the students themselves.

The course involves pair-work and small group group-work to complete tasks, exercises, and activities.

All homework will be done online through Moodle.

This course is best suited for students who:

  • are comfortable taking instruction and participating in English
  • are happy to perform pair and group work
  • are looking to develop grammar and listening skills
  • enjoy rock and pop music


The primary objective of this course is to give students exposure to and practice with grammar points.  To this, vocabulary regarding the rock and pop music, and well as grammar terms will be introduced and practiced.  At the end of the course, students should feel more comfortable using the grammar forms introduced.  Other objectives include:

  • broadening understanding of rock/pop genres
  • developing a comfortable affiliation with English


Attendance and Participation: 25%
Homework: 50%
Cloze Assignment: 25%


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Course Overview, Class Rules, and Moodle Enrollment

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Grammar through the Best of Rock and Pop from the 1950s

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Grammar through the Best of Rock and Pop from the 1960s

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Grammar through the Best of Rock and Pop from the 1970s

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Grammar through the Best of Rock and Pop from the 1980s

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Grammar through the Best of Rock and Pop from the 1990s

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Grammar through the Best of Rock and Pop from the 2000s

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Grammar through the Best of Rock and Pop from the 2010s

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Grammar through the Teacher's Best - Genre

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Grammar through the Teacher's Best - Groups

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Grammar through the Teacher's Best - Songs

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Grammar through the Students' Best 1

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Grammar through the Students' Best 2

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Course Review and Feedback Session

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Grammar is usually considered to be a very dry subject, but I plan to spice it up by developing understanding of the grammar point through listening to some good rock/pop songs.  On top of this, there will be discussion about genres of rock and pop music, comprehensive look at cloze, and then developing your own cloze activity.  I am sure you will find it interesting.