geniusSong lyrics and poetry are excellent prompts in class to entice students to reflect and express their ideas. However, sometimes we as teachers are ill-equipped to make the most of songs and poetry, and we end up having them as fill-in-the-gap excercises. Not only are songs and poetry a fun way to learn new vocabulary or reinforce grammar; they also contain cultural information, they tell stories, they appeal to our and our students’ imagination. Genius is an excellent webpage where lyrics and poems are “analyzed” so that you can understand certain references to history, literature, folklore, etc. Find the song or poem of your choice and click on the interactive lines to get the information you need to design your activities.


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