QT-ESL: Songs with subtitled lyrics in English (1) and exercises
At QualityTime-ESL we believe in teaching ESL with songs. Today the Internet gives us amazing resources. Here we combine links to videos with cloze/gap-filling exercises to use directly in class. In most cases, the clips have closed captions/subtitles in English. We suggest teachers use songs at the end of their lessons after much hard work on (among other things) our grammar drills! QualityTime-ESL Podcasts!
You can also look at another page called My Favorite Songs—With Cloze and Other Exercises which will take you to:
- QT-ESL: Songs with subtitled lyrics 2
- Beatles - devoted exclusively to the [Beatles
- ABBA - a tribute to the Swedish group [ABBA
Here are some of my favorites. I have created worksheets for some. Any contributions are more than welcome and will be given credit here!
Just click on the title of the songs to get the video on YouTube with the lyrics in Closed Captions/Subtitles.
Clips can be removed
Unfortunately, I can not guarantee that these clips will still be on YouTube as they are often removed because of non-access to a country or for copyright reasons. If that is the case, just search for a lyrics version on YouTube. There are so many today.
If you want to start with just the music (as a guessin game for instance)or do a fill-in exercise before watching the video clip, go to www.goear.com to play the song.
Carly Rae Jepsen
EXERCISE TO GO WITH SONGS
I just found this song which I put in TOP 5-I’m still standing, one of my podcasts on iTunes. Do check it out!
Adele - Grammy Awards winner 2012
This young singers is extremely popular on YouTube. Your young students, especially girls, undoubtedly know her already and are watching these clips at home.
- Translation into French - you can complete the right-hand column of the this word document with any language you wish
The version with subtitled lyrics has just been removed! What a shame. Instead you can watch Welcome to the Hotel California while I look for another version.
Listen to "Welcome to the Hotel California"
- Vocabulary exercise (for French students, which can be adapted easily to other languages)
Find a version with lyrics of the U2 song I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
- Key I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For + Qs- Key
Did you know that Lady Gaga took her name from this song that makes fun of stupid, lifeless, unimaginative radio music ? Her manager heard her talking and complaining all the time so he started calling her "Lady Gaga". Now you know the origin of her name. This song "Radio Gaga" is a real classic.
Dear Mr. President A great song about former president George W. Bush!
Simon and Garfunkel
Watch I Started A Joke
Watch Too Much Heaven
Again the subtitled version has been removed!
Russians No subtitles, but a beautiful video
Russians Subtitles in Mr. Shoup’s class assignment - great student work!
Just the band:
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
Without the subtitles—I am still searching for the video with subtitles
A different version with lyrics:
I am still searching for the original video with subtitles.
Alexander Rybak - Eurovision Winner 2009 - Norway
The Rolling Stones
Super Mario RPG
For students to remember their childhood.
Below are lyrics to Beatles songs to be found on the Beatles Page -*Beatles Page - devoted exclusively to this band:
Let It Be - Yesterday - Help
I Should Have Known Better - Cloze
I Should Have Known Better - Key
Below are lyrics to songs that I like in doc. Perhaps you’ll have time to do the fill in pages and find the best links! If so do let me know. I’d appreciate that.