The first time I watched "Rocket Ship" video by the Australian band San Cisco, I immediately thought this song could be perfect to improve students' speaking abilities. Firstly, it is centred on friendship and fun. Secondly, in watching the video students are led to amuse themselves. Thirdly, it is a good starting point to ask students to talk about some of the following aspects: bravado acts, bragging as well as their most favourite leisure activities.
In my opinion, you can plan a very simple lesson and propose it to students at any age or linguistic level.
Grammar focus on: verbs
Activities for a basic lesson plan:
- brainstorming on the meaning of the title words of the lyrics;
- watch the video;
- write down at least five activities that young people doing in this video are enjoying ;
- ask your students to recollect funny activities that they have shared with their peers as pair work;
- listen to the song;
- reorder the words given in scrambled order;
- correct the exercise.
Later on, as follow-up activity, I would suggest to divide your class in small groups and collect pictures of their funniest moments as class (i.e. trips, after-school activities. creative projects, etc.).
After that, they can create a poster and write under each picture precise captions or brief descriptions of what they were doing there.
As a result, they won't simply enjoy themselves sharing opinions and comments but they will also improve their group identity as class and cooperation, too.
Listening activity to download: Rocket Ship
Lyrics taken from: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/sancisco/rocketship.html