Warm Up!

IMAGINATION: How does imagination help these things? Tell your tutor.

  • studying English
  • being friends
  • global warming
  • family life
  • politics
  • hobbies
  • life
  • food

RELIGION: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word ‘religion’. Share your words with your tutor.

Now let’s have the Practice

Please listen to the John Lennon song ‘Imagine’

Promise not to check the lyrics but… fill in the gaps from listening only!

The lyrics

Imagine there’s no ____________
It’s easy if you try
No ____________ below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for ____________

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t ____________ to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no ____________ too
Imagine all the people
Living ____________ in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m _______ ________ _________ one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be _______ _______

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for ____________ or hunger
A ____________ of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m _______ ________ _________ one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will ____________ as one

Let’s Speak – Imagine…

  • there’s no heaven. Can you imagine this? How?
  • people living for today Can you imagine this? How?
  • no countries Can you imagine this? How?
  • no religion Can you imagine this? How?
  • no possessions Can you imagine this? How?
  • the world living as one Can you imagine this? How?

Reading Activity – UK Cathedral to Play Lennon’s ”Imagine”

A British cathedral will soon play John Lennon’s song “Imagine”. This is a very unusual event, considering the song contains anti-religious lyrics. The cathedral in Liverpool, John Lennon’s birthplace and hometown, has agreed to let its bell-ringers play the tune three times on May the 16th. The idea came from British artist Cleo Evans. She teamed up with the cultural festival organizer, FutureSonic, and they developed the concept with Liverpool Cathedral. The song is one of the best-known tunes in the world. It speaks of a world in which everyone is at peace because there is no religion. Lennon’s song starts, “Imagine there’s no heaven,” and continues, “and no religion too”. These words will not be sung on the 16th; just the tune will be heard.

People have mixed feelings about the idea of playing “Imagine” in one of Britain’s biggest cathedrals. A cathedral spokesman said: “Allowing “Imagine” to be [played] on our bells does not mean we agree with the song lyrics.” Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono loved the idea, saying it was “so beautiful, it made me choke up”. The artist Cleo Evans agreed. She said: “Imagine is an incredibly gentle, philosophical and moving song which speaks strongly of the need for peace.” The FutureSonic festival director Drew Hemment was enthusiastic about using cathedral bells. He told reporters: “What we’re doing is twisting something that’s already there; we’re “hacking” the bells.” An online poll of “Church Times” readers found 64% were against the idea.

1 TRUE / FALSE:

a. A pop group called UK Cathedral will play a cover version of “Imagine”. T/F
b. The song “Imagine” by John Lennon celebrates religion. T/F
c. Liverpool Cathedral agreed to the idea of its bells playing “Imagine”. T/F
d. No one will sing the song “Imagine” in the cathedral. T/F
e. Liverpool Cathedral agrees with the lyrics of “Imagine”. T/F
f. John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono nearly choked on her food. T/F
g. The festival head said he was using something old in a different way. T/F
h. Most people who read “Church Times” don’t like the idea. T/F

SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article:

1. unusual
2. lyrics
3. teamed up
4. concept
5. at peace
6. feelings
7. spokesman
8. incredibly
9. enthusiastic
10. poll

a. collaborated
b. survey
c. amazingly
d. words
e. excited
f. surprising
g. calm
h. emotions
i. idea
j. representative

Let’s Talk!

It has to be said that most popular songs although perhaps catchy relate to rather banal subjects! Sometimes though the subjects are rather more serious and on even rarer occasions they become the anthem for a generation. Listen to this collection…

  1. Are there any protest songs you recall that are not on this collection but you think should be?
  2. Which is your favourite from this collection and why?
  3. What is your favourite protest song of all time?
  4. Do you think that songs have the power to change opinions?
  5. Would you agree that there are fewer popular protest songs these days? Why do you think this is?

Plenary

What have you learnt this lesson?

What do you need to improve on before the next?

What do you think would be useful to do next lesson for you to progress further?

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