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Course Syllabus

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Introduction

This is the page you’re on now, where you can see an in-depth explanation of what you’re going to study in this course.

We set out the key objectives for this course so you can identify what you need to learn. We provide a downloadable checklist that you can print out to check off the points as you go through the course.

Song

Read about the story of the song Waterloo and its famous creators, Swedish band ABBA. You’ll read about the meaning behind the lyrics and a few fun facts about the history of this song. Our information is presented on our website, but available as a downloadable document too. You can also hear an audio of this text being read out loud by a native English speaker.

Take a look at 6 important words from the lyrics of this song. You’ll learn the meaning of each word and hear an audio of a native English speaker saying each word out loud to learn the correct pronunciation too. All vocabulary has been taken from the song to maximise your understanding of the lyrics.

Now it’s time to listen to this famous song and complete a gap fill activity with your new vocabulary. We also provide the full lyrics to download in a PDF document to check your answers. We provide a few tips on how to listen to the song effecively to maximise your listening comprehension skills.

Look at 3 important phrases used in the lyrics of the song Waterloo and analyse what they mean. We provide examples of these phrases in everyday English, audios of a native English speaker saying each phrase out loud and a downloadable summary of all the information from this topic.

We have connected a grammar topic to this song and briefly analyse this grammar point in a self-paced presentation. By learning grammar through the fun means of music, perhaps it’ll be easier to understand.

To practise some writing, we ask some open questions in our course forum to discuss the meaning of the song and the topics surrounding the song. As well as reading for meaning from the lyrics, you get to practise your English writing skills and connect to other English learners from around the world.

Watch a short video with some top tips and advice on how to use music to improve your English. We also offer some general advice to help you improve your listening skills in English.

Summary

After completing the course, you can review your achievements and analyse what you have learnt. 

Take a look at other resources that we have published related to this course so you can expand your English knowledge.

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We recommend using your course group regularly for support. You can access the forums, photos of course content and interact with other course group members.