"An attempt to integrate the teaching of the English language & ICT, using MUSIC as a mere pretext."

Sunday, October 16, 2016


Ellie Goulding

                                       Photo published at Wikipedia (English version)

Many of my students are in their 20's - like her.

Ellie Goulding is an English singer and songwriter in her late 20's.
(She is 29 years old - at the moment).
She was born in Hereford (England) in 1986, 
and she received her first Grammy Award nomination 
for "Best Solo Performance" in 2015.

As an example of her music, 
let's select "YOUR SONG"
(originally by Elton John).

Watch the following video-clip
and pay attention to the lyrics:

* Listen to the song and fill in the blanks:

                                                                       "Your Song"                                                                                                                                                                             
It'..... a little bit funny, this feeling inside
I'..... not one of those who can easily hide
I don't have much money, but boy if I did
I'd buy a big house where we both could live

So excuse me forgetting, but these things I do
See I've forgotten if they'...... green or they'..... blue
Anyway the thing ..... what I really mean
Yours ..... the sweetest eyes I've ever seen

And you can tell everybody this ..... your song
It may ..... quite simple, but now that it'..... done
I hope you don't mind, I hope you don't mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life ..... now you'..... in the world

If I ..... a sculptor, but then again no
Or a girl who makes potions in a traveling show
I know it'..... not much, but it'..... the best I can do
My gift ..... my song, and this one'..... for you      
                                                                                                                   Oh [x8]

And you can tell everybody this ..... your song
It may ..... quite simple, but now that it'..... done
I hope you don't mind, I hope you don't mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life ..... now you'..... in the world

* What do all the missing words have in common?
(Justify your answer using a chart).

Check out your answers using the LYRICS of "Your Song".
(Web: azlyrics)

* Translate the lyrics of the song into Spanish, with the help of an on-line dictionary - if necessary.
Compare your translation with the translation offered at the web musica.com
(Look for any incoherence on the mentioned website).

You can get more information about ELLIE GOULDING at:
in English:
or in Spanish:

Saturday, October 15, 2016


Welcome Back

We always have 
new objectives in our minds.

Despite the difficulties,... 
let's work hard and
let's do our best to achieve them!!

                                                                       Photo published at: http://bashny.net/t/es/18533 

Welcome to the new school year.
It's time to start again
your English classes using this blog.

Are you ready?


Before starting, 
It is important to have 3 ideas in mind
to face the new school year and succeed:

1.- Be prepared,
2.- Stay positive, and
3.- Work hard.

But, above all, 
remember the quotation of this month
(October, 2016):

"Whatever you do, 
no matter how hard it may be,
Don't give up the ship!" 
                                                                               (George P. McCallum)

Watch the video,
Listen to the song,
Pay attention to the lyrics and
complete the missing letters from the Chorus:

D_ _' _  Y _ _  G _ _ _  U _
I  W_ _ ' _  G _ _ _  U_
L _ _  M _  L _ _ _  Y _ _

Check out the following information from the previous video:

                         - SINGER: 
                         - TITLE OF THE SONG:
                         - CHORUS: 

And now,
just to finish,
let me play with the Chorus of the song
and let's change the verb of the last line!



That will be my slogan for this new school year:

to achieve your goals"

The blog "English@Edrissis"
and the English teacher
wish you all a successful school year.

Good Luck!!

Sunday, January 24, 2016



Adele at Madame Tussauds (London)

Adele says "Hello" to the 1 Billion Club

According to CNN, 
the song "Hello" has reached 1 billion views on Youtube
becoming the fastest video in YouTube's history to do so. 
The music clip received its 1 billionth view in just 87 days.

Apart from Adele's "Hello",
you can watch other video clips
with more than 1 billion visits on YouTube 
in here.

Adele also says why

The song "Hello" is taken from the new album 25.

Adele introduces, on her official website
her new famous song ...


When I was 7, I wanted to be 8. When I was 8, I wanted to be 12. When I turned 12 I just wanted to be 18. Then after that I stopped wanting to be older. Now I’m ticking 16-24 boxes just to see if I can blag it! I feel like I’ve spent my whole life so far wishing it away. Always wishing I was older, wishing I was somewhere else, wishing I could remember and wishing I could forget too. Wishing I hadn’t ruined so many good things because I was scared or bored. Wishing I wasn’t so matter of fact all the time. Wishing I’d gotten to know my great grandmother more, and wishing I didn’t know myself so well, because it means I always know what’s going to happen in the end. Wishing I hadn’t cut my hair off, wishing I was 5’7”. Wishing I’d waited and wishing I’d hurried up as well.
My last record was a break-up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record. I’m making up with myself. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did. But I haven’t got time to hold on to the crumbs of my past like I used to. What’s done is done. Turning 25 was a turning point for me, slap bang in the middle of my twenties. Teetering on the edge of being an old adolescent and a fully-fledged adult, I made the decision to go into becoming who I’m going to be forever without a removal van full of my old junk. I miss everything about my past, the good and the bad, but only because it won’t come back. When I was in it I wanted out! So typical. I’m on about being a teenager: sitting around and chatting shit, not caring about the future because it didn’t matter then like it does now. The ability to be flippant about everything and there be no consequences. Even following and breaking rules… is better than making the rules.
25 is about getting to know who I’ve become without realising. And I’m sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened.

* If you are interested in the LYRICS of the song click here.

Highly Recommended.-

To get to know more about Adele's "Hello" ...
it is worth having a look at the lesson published by RealLife English.
In such a lesson you can: have a look at the lyrics of the song; 
pay attention to grammar, vocabulary and expressions, 
learning some tips to improve pronunciation 
and even take a quizz to check 
"How well you know Hello"

Have a look at RealLife English.


Monday, January 11, 2016

Let's keep on dancing


"Let's dance
put on your red shoes
and dance the blues"

Let's dance (1983)
by David Bowie

David Bowie has died today.

Although that is sad news
let's think about all the legacy he has left us all and...
... Let's Keep on dancing !!

Let's pay tribute to him 
remembering his song
"Let's dance"

Thanks, David
Rest in Peace

Let's Dance

In English: SKY NEWS
In Spanish: EL PAIS 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


"Girls shouldn't be hit,
not even with a flower"

Do you know that...?

Today we celebrate...
the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

According to the United Nations ...
Prevention is the 2015 theme of the International Day 
for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November.

Why this International Day?

  • Violence against women is a human rights violation
  • Violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women
  • Violence against women impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security
  • Violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Prevention is possible and essential
  • Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic.
 (Source: http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday) 


On this special occasion, 
we have selected a different video 
to make people aware about this problem in our society.

Before watching the video, can you answer the following questions?

                                                  1- What's your name?
                                                  2.- How old are you?
                                                  3.- What do you want to be when you grow up? Why?

             Now, watch the video and discover the message ...

( "Slap her"  is a video by Fanpage.it to their YouTube channel, Fanpage Media.)

What's the message?

If you need any help with your English (or with your Italian),
 you can watch the following video with Spanish subtitles:


"In the kids' world
Women don't get hit".

                                                         (Alessandro, 6 years old)

I'm against violence...
And you?


This post is the first one without a video with MUSIC. 
On this occasion, I would like you select the music for this post.
Write a comment with the title of the song you would select for this
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.