Christmas Song Lyrics Correction – An ESL Activity

There are just a few more days until Christmas and here’s another great activity for you to try with your students.

When I was on my CELTA course, the instructor taught us how to use music in class by giving out song lyrics that were riddled with errors. We had to listen to the song in order to correct the lyrics. It was great fun!

I picked perhaps the most famous Christmas song – Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” – and fiddled about with the lyrics. The point is to make it manageable but challenging. Don’t expect your students to know the word “glisten”!

Perhaps pre-teach blocking vocabulary for the song prior to beginning this activity.


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