Songs with phonetics: Ed Sheeran, Thinking out loud

My teenage students begged me to do Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran. Be warned though, the video is a bit raunchy. Below is an activity for your students once they know the phonetic alphabet. If you haven’t taught your students phonetics yet, then have a look at ways to teach phonetics.


There are a couple ways you can do this lesson.

1- Students listen to the song first and try to fill the gaps. Then put the words in the correct columns and listen again.
2- Students look at the missing words first and put them in the correct columns. Then listen to the song and complete the gaps.

I’ve prepared the song with numbered gaps, an activity to put the words in the correct column, plus the full lyrics and answers. I plan to get my students to learn the chorus and sing it a few times. Everything is on this word document:Ed Sheeran: Thinking out loud

Have fun!

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