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Music can be a great way to connect with your students. Even students who aren’t fluent in English often know the words of popular songs phonetically, which makes these songs ideal resources for teaching your students certain forms of grammar, as well as vocabulary. Many students are happy to work with the unusual phrasing of song lyrics, because they’re learning new meanings for a piece of music that already has meaning in their lives.

You might never have noticed it before, but many songs’ lyrics involve just one single tense - which means that as soon as you find a song that contains the tense you want to teach, you’ve got the makings of an exercise that your students will love. They’ll get to brag to their non-English-speaking friends that they know exactly what the song’s lyrics say, so they’ll be extra-motivated to stick with you throughout the activity to make sure they learn those meanings correctly. But where should you start your search for the right song? Right here on BusyTeacher.org, of course! Our 1,788 song worksheets provide you with a wealth of resources for teaching tenses, sentence structure, vocabulary, and all kinds of other aspects of English - all with songs that your students already know and love. We’ve even taken the time to organize our library of song worksheets by verb tense, or by the type of activity that each worksheet helps you organize.

While some of our 1,788 worksheets simply focus on a certain feature of grammar that’s used a lot in a given song, others encourage more advanced students to really listen for the song’s meaning, and speak or write about their own interpretations of its lyrics. Some of our worksheets focus on idioms used in certain songs, or on the phonetics and pronunciation different singers use. Whether you want to teach the past simple tense with “Call Me Maybe” or practice vocabulary with Coldplay, BusyTeacher.org’s library has a worksheet for you.

Not only are these worksheets built around internationally popular songs that’ll be familiar to your students - they’re also designed by real ESL teachers around the world, who’ve had success using them in their classrooms. This means that whenever you download a worksheet from BusyTeacher.org, you can be sure that it’s already been tested and proven useful by a teacher just like you.

In fact, our whole community depends on worksheet contributions from teachers like you - so if you’ve got a worksheet that you think others would like, click the “Submit a worksheet” button at the bottom of this page, and send it our way. It might show up in an ESL classroom halfway around the world!

All of our 1,788 song worksheets are completely free to download, print, use, and share - so grab any that look like they might be handy. Our helpful “quick view” feature lets you get a glimpse of each worksheet as a small thumbnail, so you can save time by only clicking those that look like what you need. So take a look at the worksheets on this page, print off any that catch your eye, and see how they play in your classroom. Each one ought to be a hit!

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Listening Activities: Working with Songs

Listening Activities: Working with Songs

DIANA CASTRO
ESL Songs For Teaching English,
  This worksheet can be used as a warm-up activity, after a recess, or just because you want to have fun in class. It contains activities to complete the lyrics of the song 'Nothing Breaks ...
1 Views 1,722 Adv
Once in a while song worksheet

Once in a while song worksheet

Samuel Ekundayo Taiwo
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
  This song worksheet can be used for any student, from beginner to advanced. It includes fill-in-the gap exercises and putting the song lines in order. It will also help students to evalu ...
1 Views 1,066 BegElemPre-IntIntAdv
Song Worksheet: My Favorite Shirt (vocabulary: clothes)

Song Worksheet: My Favorite Shirt (vocabulary: clothes)

Alan Smith Robertson
, , ESL Songs For Teaching English
  “My Favorite Shirt” is a song written for teachers to use in the ESL classroom to practice CLOTHES. The lyrics include TWENTY (20) items of clothing: underpants, shorts, jean ...
1 Views 1,667 Pre-IntInt
Something just like this song worksheet

Something just like this song worksheet

Kseniya
, ESL Songs For Teaching English
  In this Pre-intermediate song worksheet, students work with the song "Something just like this" by the Chainsmokers where they think back on and consider some superheroes and their power ...
1 Views 1,538 ElemPre-Int
Adore You by Harry Styles

Adore You by Harry Styles

BusyTeacher Contributor
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
  This music worksheet will help improve students' listening skills. The teacher can explain the story both before and after the song is listened to. It also introduces a fantasy, which ca ...
1 Views 4,492 Pre-IntInt
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Best of You – Foo Fighters Song Worksheet

Best of You – Foo Fighters Song Worksheet

Silvia C.
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
  Students listen to the song Best of you by Foo Fighters on YouTube and complete the fill-in-the gaps exercises. This song worksheet can also be used as an alternative comprehension activ ...
1 Views 3,810 IntAdv
SONG – Landslide by Fleetwood Mac covered by The Chicks

SONG – Landslide by Fleetwood Mac covered by The Chicks

Igor de Oliveira Poty
, , ESL Songs For Teaching English
  This worksheet is based on the song Landslide from Fleetwood Mac. The lyrics match The Chicks version better as they are easier to understand. Students listen to and watch the video and ...
1 Views 2,408 Pre-IntIntAdv
Swan Song by Dua Lipa

Swan Song by Dua Lipa

BusyTeacher Contributor
, , ESL Songs For Teaching English,
  Students listen to the video of Swan Song by Dua Lipa, work on their listening skills and examine the importance of speaking their minds. This worksheet includes a variety of activities ...
1 Views 3,669 ElemPre-Int
Old Song for School Subjects

Old Song for School Subjects

blanca aragón
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
  This song (What a) Wonderful World by Sam Cooke is a fun way to link, in this case, school subjects with real life. It can also be used as a warming-up activity. Students listen to the s ...
1 Views 2,682 Beg
Chumbawumba – Timebomb – Song gap-fill Exercise

Chumbawumba – Timebomb – Song gap-fill Exercise

Richard Hayward
, , , ESL Songs For Teaching English
  This song worksheet on Chumbawumba – Timebomb, is a gap-fill exercise suitable for Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced Levels. There is a Lesson Plan  ...
1 Views 2,705 IntAdv
Thunder By Imagine Dragons Fill In The Blank Worksheet

Thunder By Imagine Dragons Fill In The Blank Worksheet

Tammy Cohen Dadon
, , ESL Songs For Teaching English
  This listening comprehension activity is a fill-in-the-blank assignment. Students listen to and watch the video then answer the questions using the words from the word bank. It includes ...
1 Views 9,269 IntAdvExam

"Something Stupid" Song Worksheet

Phil Raymond
, , ESL Songs For Teaching English
  This is a listening activity for elementary learners based on a section of the New English File Elementary book, page 19. This was made for those who perhaps have never tried listening t ...
1 Views 4,253 Elem
Song Worksheet – Always remember us this way – Lady Gaga

Song Worksheet – Always remember us this way – Lady Gaga

Claudia Fiuza
, , ESL Songs For Teaching English
  There are four different exercises on this song worksheet to practice parts of speech. They include opposites, verb tenses (simple present, simple past, and simple future), and translati ...
1 Views 2,938 Pre-IntInt
Song Worksheet Melanie Martinez – Mad Hatter

Song Worksheet Melanie Martinez – Mad Hatter

Katherine
, , , ESL Songs For Teaching English
  This song "Mad Hatter" by Melanie Martinez is from Tim Burton's movie Alice in Wonderland. Students watch and listen to the video on YouTube. This task is complicated. Before handing out ...
1 Views 5,309 IntAdv
Song worksheet: On Top of the World

Song worksheet: On Top of the World

Henriqueta
, , , ESL Songs For Teaching English
    The subject of this worksheet is Looking for adventure | Searching for happiness. It helps practice listening skills. Students listen to the song and discuss the meaning of "bein ...
1 Views 2,860 Pre-IntInt
Song worksheet: Someone You Loved (L. Capaldi)

Song worksheet: Someone You Loved (L. Capaldi)

, , ESL Songs For Teaching English,
  Students listen to the lyrics of Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi through the given link and fill in the verbs in the Present Simple and Present Continuous tenses, including the verb t ...
1 Views 3,436 ElemPre-IntInt
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Song Worksheet: "A Broken Heart" – Adverbs of Frequency

Alan Smith Robertson
, ESL Songs For Teaching English
  This original song for the ESL classroom contains eleven adverbs of frequency (always, constantly, usually, often, sometimes, occasionally, once in a while, now and then, rarely, hardly ...
1 Views 2,950 Pre-IntInt
Song worksheet: On Top of the World

Song worksheet: On Top of the World

Henriqueta
, , , ESL Songs For Teaching English
  This worksheet for Pre-/Intermediate levels can be used to practise listening skills, comprehension and to discuss the meaning of "being on top of the world". It can be used as a warm-up ...
1 Views 3,742 Pre-IntInt
Power Point Song – My Girl By Temptations

Power Point Song – My Girl By Temptations

, , ESL Songs For Teaching English,
  Using songs is an effective way to teach student English. The short worksheet is to help students develop listening comprehension, vocabulary and grammar rules. It contains three defined ...
1 Views 2,644 Pre-IntIntAdv
The Spirit Carries On: Dream Theater

The Spirit Carries On: Dream Theater

» ESL Songs For Teaching English
  The lyrics from this song, The Spirit Carries On, from Dream Theater provide an opportunity for class discussion. Students listen to the video and explore the meaning of the words, then ...
1 Views 1,621 Pre-IntIntAdv
Song worksheet: Someone You Loved

Song worksheet: Someone You Loved

  After watching and listening to the video of Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi, students then complete the lyrics by filling in the blanks. This sheet covers the verbs in the Present Si ...
1 Views 3,026 BegElemPre-Int
A Whole New World – Verbs, Adjectives & Nouns

A Whole New World – Verbs, Adjectives & Nouns

, , , ESL Songs For Teaching English
    Teaching students by using songs presents a variety of methods to practice English from listening comprehension to grammar rules. In this song A Whole New World By Peabo Bryson a ...
1 Views 4,051 Pre-IntIntAdv
Song worksheet: Getting Older (uses of the verb

Song worksheet: Getting Older (uses of the verb "to get")

Alan Smith Robertson
, , , ESL Songs For Teaching English
  This song “Getting Older” is written for teachers to use in the ESL classroom to practice the uses of the verb "TO GET". The worksheet also explores the different stages of l ...
1 Views 3,363 Pre-IntIntAdv
PowerPoint: Song – The Sound of Silence

PowerPoint: Song – The Sound of Silence

, , , ESL Songs For Teaching English
  Using songs is a multiple and enjoyable way of practicing English from listening comprehension to grammar rules.  In this song there are three defined activities and three more you ...
1 Views 3,758 IntAdv
Bad Liar – Imagine Dragons

Bad Liar – Imagine Dragons

LL
» ESL Songs For Teaching English
  In this worksheet, students listen to the song Bad Liar by Imagine Dragons, complete the text and place the sentences in the correct order. The last exercise can be used as  pa ...
1 Views 5,884 ElemPre-Int

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