Oral Listening
Grammar through Rock and Pop Music
- Cloze Exposed
Thu. 1st. Period Stephen Hofstee
Keywords:
Culture, Discussion, Grammar, Listening, Presentation, 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 or some of the homework for this course will be done online through Moodle. Students will require access to a computer and the internet.

In addition to regular participation both in class and on-line, students must complete all assignments (and complete them in a timely manner) to pass the course.

Plagiarism in any form will not be tolerated.

Students must pay attention to this university’s attendance regulations in this class.


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: 25%
Cloze Assignment: 20%
Grammar Assignment: 20%
Song Presentation: 10%


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Course Overview, Class Rules, and Moodle Enrollment

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Grammar through the Best of the 1950s

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Grammar through the Best of the 1960s

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Grammar through the Best of the 1970s

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Grammar through the Best of the 1980s

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Grammar through the Best of the 1990s

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Grammar through the Best of the 2000s

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Grammar through the Best of the 2010s

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Grammar through the Students' Best (Song Presenations 1)

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Grammar through the Students' Best (Song Presenations 2)

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Grammar through the Students' Best (Song Presenations 3)

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Grammar through the Students' Best (Song Presenations 4)

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Grammar through the Students' Best (Song Presenations 5)

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Grammar through the Students' Best (Song Presenations 6)

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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.