No more song fill-in-the-blanks. Part 1.

Yes, using music in class is an excellent tool, as I’ve gone over in my previous posts. Although there are so many ways to take advantage of this valuable tool, so many alternatives to the traditional filling in the blank. This is Part 1 of a few posts where I’ll explore short activities that you can use in your classes to practice language with music.

Musical Bingo.

  1. Choose the correct song based on the target language or vocabulary in your lesson plan. (Having difficulty finding just the right song, check out these links: TEFL Tunes and Musical English Lessons.)
  2. Choose the target words or phrases in the song and make a list.
  3. Once you have the list, make an alternate list of words that are not in the song, but are from the same group of words as the target language.
  4. Then include this list of words in a blank Bingo Word file or by hand in a blank printed Bingo Card. If you want to leave it up to chance then you can use an online Bingo Generator. When filling it out put the words that are in the song in the correct order to be able to get a Bingo, based on the rules you want to use. For example: Winner has to get an X or a line or an L. The rules are up to you and difficulty level you want to give the game.
  5. Make a few versions of the Bingo Card and then make copies if necessary. It doesn’t matter that you can have various winners, that makes it more competitive. Although if you want the winner to really be based on his or her listening skills all of the Bingo Cards could be winners! The student who wins is that one who heard all of the words.
  6. In class play the song or the fragment of the chosen song, again based on the level of your students. As your students hear the words they should cross it out. The first to complete Bingo wins.


Additional tips:

  • To keep track of the winning card, if you decide to only make one, you can mark the Bingo Cards with a letter or number on top or something so that you know who should win.
  • If you want to use the Bingo Cards various times, put them into a sheet protectors  and have students write on them with erasable markers and you have reusable Bingo Cards!
  • As a follow-up activity you can go over all of the words, including those that were not in the song.


7 thoughts on “No more song fill-in-the-blanks. Part 1.

    • Hi Jinx,

      Well I’ve done both. I sometimes look on pages like TEFL Tunes and Musical English Lessons (just click on the names to go to the links) to find the right song to match and particular target language, or other times I simply find a song they like and use target words or phrases (like parts of speech or generic word groups like colors). Are you in need of any particular target language? Maybe I’ve used something before in my classes that can help out.

      Let me know and thanks for following and commenting!


  1. Hi, Tatigora! Wonderful ideas, thank you!
    I love using songs in the classroom, but it is sometimes a challenge for me to have an interesting lesson with songs at hand. I’ll try your ideas!


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