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Personality adjectives with Alanis Morisette

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Here is an activity that I designed and used with my beginner level university prep school students. Before listening to the song, we talked about personalities, boarded some adjectives, and suggeted some opposites of these adjectives.

Then I gave out the handouts and we went over the words together and talked about the new vocabulary together. I explained the students that they are going to listen the song, and try to fill in the blanks using the words on the right. It is important to tell the students that these words are not the opposites or antonyms of the adjectives given in the song, but there are just contradictions or some kind of relationship between them.

The students also choose from the multile choice options or guess what the singer is going to say before listening to the song.

Before listening to the song, I asked the students to work in pairs or small group and try to fill in blanks. As a discussion, the students were told to justify their choices.

There are also some useful spoken English expressions and collocations in the song such as 'giving a high five, flicking a cigarette' which you might focus on after listening to the song.

As a post-listening activity, the students can be asked to write their own versions of the song, describing their own personalities.

ALANIS MORISSETTE
HAND IN MY POCKET

a) Fill in the blanks with the correct words from the right.
b) Circle the correct expressions in the chorus parts.
c) Guess what the singer is going to say in some lines.
c) Listen and check.

I知 broke but I知 _____________ grounded
I知 poor but I知 _____________ hopeful
I知 short but I知 _____________ yeah overwhelmed
I知 high but I知 _____________ happy
I知 sane but I知 _____________ healthy
I知 lost but I知 _____________ baby kind


What it all comes down to
Is that everything痴 gonna be ___(circle the correct choice below)__
a) fine fine fine b) nice nice nice c) quite alright
舛ause I致e got one hand in
a) my pocket b) on my hips c) clasped in front
And the other is giving a _________
a) peace sign b) high five


I fell drunk but I知 _____________ working
I知 young and I知 _____________ sorry
I知 tired but I知, _____________ yeah gone
I care but I知 _____________ underpaid
I知 here but I知 really _____________ restless
I知 wrong and I知 _____________baby sober


What it all comes down to
Is that everything's gonna be _________
a) fine fine fine b) nice nice nice c) quite alright
Cause I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is __________
a)giving a peace sign b) flicking a cigarette c) playing the piano


What it all comes down to
Is that I haven't got it all figured out just yet
Cause I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is __(guess what she is doing)_______

I知 free but I知 _____________ friendly
I知 green but I知 _____________, pretty
I知 hard but I知 _____________ baby focused
I知 sad but I知 _____________ chicken shit
I知 brave but I知 _____________ laughing
I知 sick but I知 _____________baby wise

And what it all boils down to
It痴 that no one痴 really got it figured out just yet
But I致e got one hand in my pocket
And the other is giving a peace sign

What it all comes down to my friends, yeah
Is that everything痴 just fine fine fine
Cause I致e got one hand in my pocket
And the other is __(guess what she is doing)_______

Lyrics by Alanis Morissette; music by Glen Ballard and Alanis Morissette
From Jagged Little Pill, 1995

KEY

I'm broke but I'm happy
I'm poor but I'm kind
I'm short but I'm healthy, yeah
I'm high but I'm grounded
I'm sane but I'm overwhelmed
I'm lost but I'm hopeful baby

What it all comes down to
Is that everything's gonna be fine fine fine
I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is giving a high five

I feel drunk but I'm sober
I'm young and I'm underpaid
I'm tired but I'm working, yeah
I care but I'm restless
I'm here but I'm really gone
I'm wrong and I'm sorry baby

What it all comes down to
Is that everything's gonna be quite alright
I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is flicking a cigarette

What it all comes down to
Is that I haven't got it all figured out just yet
I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is giving the peace sign

I'm free but I'm focused
I'm green but I'm wise
I'm hard but I'm friendly baby
I'm sad but I'm laughing
I'm brave but I'm chicken shit
I'm sick but I'm pretty baby

What it all comes down to
Is that no one's really got it figured out just yet
I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is playing the piano

What it all comes down to my friends
Is that everything's just fine fine fine
I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is hailing a taxi cab...

I'd like to share similar ideas with other colleagues.

Have fun!

A. Dilek Keser
Anadolu University,
Eskisehir, Turkey

e-mail: adkeser@anadolu.edu.tr

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