Portugal Song is First Non-English Eurovision Winner for a Decade

Portugal's Salvador Sabral wins Eurovision 2017

Salvador Sabral’s victory for Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest this year is the first time that a non-English Eurovision song has won the coveted crown since 2007. Salvador performed Amar Pelos Dois (Love For Both) at the Grand Final in Kiev to an enraptured crowd. One of the most interesting elements of the singer’s performance was that the bossa nova was entirely in Portuguese, written and composed by his sister. Continue reading

Exploring Vocabulary in George Michael’s Careless Whisper

George Michael - singing live

The pop star and esteemed singer-songwriter George Michael sadly passed away on Christmas Day. As a tribute to his song-writing talent and philanthropic work we have taken one of his most famous tracks as inspiration for language learners. Careless Whisper contains many interesting phrases that are useful to English language students, so let’s consider this classic song and use George’s clever and evocative lyrics to help EFL learners get to grips with some new vocabulary and expressions. Continue reading

Jump on Stage for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017!

music concertThe curtain comes up on Tuesday for the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017! This colourful, over-the-top, cheesy and fabulous international music competition is broadcast across Europe, Asia and Australia to millions of fans and ironic supporters. The event will also be broadcast in the USA for the second time as each country battles it out to be crowned champions!

The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final on 13th May is sure to be an evening of fun, excitement and perhaps questionable musical taste. We’re getting nervous already for the UK’s performer, Lucie Jones! Explore the ballads, pop songs and other tuneful entries from some of the hopeful nations right here. Plus, join in our discussion of how Eurovision can add a melodious edge to your next EFL lesson. Continue reading

Music Training Improves Language Learning, Studies Show

Music Improves Language Learning - Guitar PlayingResearchers have found that children who learn an instrument find learning languages much easier, even as adults. It has been proven that music training improves language learning, however, it is not only the ability to learn foreign languages that is boosted. Children who study music before the age of seven also develop better linguistic abilities in their mother tongue. Musicians have bigger vocabularies, better pronunciation and a stronger awareness of grammar than their non-musical friends. Read on to find out more about how music is linked with language learning. Continue reading

The London Jazz Festival comes to the EFL Classroom

London Jazz FestivalThe London Jazz Festival 2017 kicked off on Friday 10th November! People have been flocking to the capital to hear the melodious blast of trumpets, the rhythmic scratchings of snare drums and the ponderous strummings of the stately bass. So what better time to think about using music in the EFL classroom?

Music speaks to everyone, crossing cultural divides and vaulting language barriers with ease. Music is the perfect extra teacher in the classroom, especially this week with the London Jazz Festival in full swing. Read on to find out more about this world famous music festival and how it can bring a boost to the EFL classroom. Continue reading