Teaching ESL

listening for body parts
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Author:  papadeli [ Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:15 am ]
Post subject:  listening for body parts

Since the main part of the lyrics of the DREAM songs is about the body parts -"touch your knees touch your shoulders..."- , is it possible to create listening resources to match body parts? I also tried to find the song matching to animals - set 1- but.. I can only find two pictures.

Author:  Matt Dream [ Thu Sep 04, 2008 1:55 pm ]
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Hi, this is Matt from Dream English. Here are the links to the Animal chants that match with the MES Flashcards and 123 Listening sets:

Chant Animals set 1
Animals set 2

I also have this song available for download:


In the chants you are referring to, I add some "touch your nose" lyrics in to make it a bit more fun for the kids. Thanks for checking it out!

Author:  papadeli [ Thu Sep 04, 2008 8:21 pm ]
Post subject:  what about body parts?

I even dance your songs with my students because of those "touch your nose" lyrics . I love this "touching" part of the song and the sound of the guitar makes it real good! Great voice, great work. Full of feelings. One can really feel your love for the kids while listening to your voice. I'm sure you have your own! But when I present a song , the kids have to be familiar with the body parts set. That's why I'm asking for the body parts listening resources. I suppose I have to start from that set. What do you think?

Author:  Matt Dream [ Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:00 pm ]
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thanks for the nice words about my music :D When you say listening resources do you mean the listening exercises like on 123 Listening, or a chant with the body parts, like the other chants on the Dream English site?

When I teach body parts, I don't actually use flash cards, though MES has great ones. I just point to my nose, and say "nose" and have the kids repeat, etc. Then I use the song "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" I have a free download of this song on my freeabcsongs.com site:


I usually just teach body parts as a warm up, for my younger kids. I agree that it is important that they are familiar with the body parts before doing the chant. You can also pre-teach that part of the chant as a warm up before listening to it. I hope this helps.

Author:  papadeli [ Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:19 pm ]
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When you say listening resources do you mean the listening exercises like on 123 Listening, or a chant with the body parts, like the other chants on the Dream English site?

I mean the listening exercises like on 123 Listening. Whenever I do a chant or song I pre-teach the vocabulary (5-6 new words per lesson). I use the MES material -flashcards, bingo, paper game...- and it's great to have a song to revise at the end of the lesson. I'll use your head and shoulders song to revise the words "head shoulders knees toes" and then I'll move to the next group of words taken from the body parts list. Thanks a lot for your advice.

Author:  Matt Dream [ Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:43 am ]
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Hello! It took awhile, but we got the Body Parts worksheets and listening exercises up on 123 Listening:


I hope they work well for you!

Author:  Kiwione [ Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:42 pm ]
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Hi Matt
I really like your stuff
I teach a lot of young kids and your songs are great


Author:  Matt Dream [ Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:13 pm ]
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Hi Kiwione,

Thanks for your nice comments. Dream English is run on a combination of strong coffee and nice comments (like yours) so I really appreciate it :D

I just uploaded a new Hello Song today, maybe your students would like it:


Author:  Kiwione [ Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:34 pm ]
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Many thanks

..... you are a dream

(pun intended) LOL

Author:  esaunders20009 [ Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:27 am ]
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agree with kiwione.. you got great stuff Matt
been following your creations for quite long now, though i just decided now to join this forum and say Thank you!

Author:  aj [ Sat Mar 05, 2011 8:28 am ]
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I really like the chants. Thanks!

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