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Sound feelings

Sound has the potential to be linked with particular feelings. This is an activity that could form the basis of overnight or weekend project work. Set it up Tell your students that this activity is about sound and how it affects us and our feelings. As such, ask them...

Sounds for relaxing

Set it up Think about what sounds can help you to relax. Do you find listening to birdsong soothing? Or maybe the sound of beach surf reminds you of restful holidays? Whatever it is, there are certain sounds that resonate with our bodies’ natural rhythms and can...

Sounds of the season

Set it up Think of sounds that are typically associated with the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. You may need to adapt these if you teach in a country where there are not really discernible seasons, let alone four of them. If this is the case, think...

A sound I like

Set it up Think of a sound you like and prepare a short description of it. It isn’t necessary to play the sound, but if you do have a recording you can bring this to class. You can use this description to introduce useful language for describing feelings, memories or...

The mixer

Set it up Choose a sound effect that is made up of a few different elements (for example, a forest soundscape with running water, leaves rustling in the trees, and animal calls). Before you start the activity, ask the students if they have ever been in a very noisy...

Where are you?

Set it up Ask the students what sorts of places they are familiar with and if they know the names of them in English. Do they associate any particular sounds with these locations? Running order 1. Tell the students you are going to play a sound effect and ask them to...
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