Tier 2 Activity 1 – Changing lyrics to express feelings

Unit 1
Speaking
Tier 2
Activity 1
Using a different word
S2.1.3

S2.1.3 Change the subject, then verb, then object using a different word

Hi and welcome to Unit 1 Tier 2 Activity 1. Please follow the button below for the next part of the activity.

This activity involves changing words to change the meaning of the sentences.

Changing words can change the meaning of a sentence. Knowing what to change to change the meaning is important. Here we will practice changing some of the lines of the song to change the meaning.

The first line of the song:

I heard that you’ve settled down

Can be changed if we replace the word I with We.

We heard that you’ve settled down

The sentence now suggests that there is someone with Adele.

If we change heard to thought,

I thought that you’ve settled down,

 the sentence suggests that that Adele doesn’t know for certain.

We could change you’ve  to he’s. 

I heard that he’s settled down

This changes who Adele is speaking to.

Try saying the following changes. You will notice that the story changes meaning.

We heard that he’s settled down

He’s found a girl and married now

She heard his dreams came true

Guess she gave him things that we didn’t give to you

Another change might be,

I saw that he’s settled down

This has less impact on the meaning though. Try to make changes that have meaningful impact on the sentence.

Try changing the subject, verb and object from the song lines and see how it changes the meaning.

I heard that you’re settled down

That you found a girl and you’re married now.

I heard that your dreams came true.

Guess she gave you things I didn’t give to you.

Old friend, why are you so shy?

Ain’t like you to hold back or hide from the light.

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited

But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it.

I had hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded

That for me it isn’t over.

Next
  • Introduction – 1 min
  • Emphasise the subject, then object, then verb using a stressed word form – 7 min
  • Change the subject, then object, then verb using a different word – 7 min

  • Change a word to express a personal feeling – 7 min
  • Assessment – Change a word from 4 different lines to express your feelings in spoken sentences – 7 min
  • Conclusion – self rating of activity enjoyment, motivation, usefulness – 1 min
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