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DIDO: ‘No Angel’ album

Level: Lower Intermediate or Intermediate

I devised this for one of my one-to-one students who enjoyed working with music and thought I’d share it with you. It makes a refreshing alternative to a conventional listening comprehension. I would suggest for Intermediate students you could omit the words for the cloze exercises so the students have to find them themselves.

Track Six, ‘Thankyou’

Section One

(a) Fill in the gaps with the following words: bed morning cold rain wondering got at window all

(b) ‘My tea’s gone …., I’m ……… why
I … out of … at all
The ……. …… clouds up my ………
And I can’t see .. ….


(b) Match the lines

I drank too much last night, got bills to pay / I’m late for work again
I missed the bus and there’ll be hell today / my head just feels in pain
And even if I'm there / and it’s not so bad it’s not so bad
And then you call me /for giving me the best day of my life
I want to thank you / is having the best day of my life
Oh just to be with you / and they all imply that I might not last the day

(c) Fill in the gaps with the following words: through call down house push home soaking handed towel

(d) …. The door, I’m …. at last and I’m …….. through and ……..
Then you …… me a …… and all I see is you
And even if my …… falls …..

(d) Transcribe the lyrics: “Because … my life” (last three lines)

As an extra exercise you could get the students to transcribe the whole of ‘Here with me’ from the same album (‘No Angel’).

Andrew Stucken
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