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Why were the Beatles great English language teachers?

Posted on by Kieran McGovern

The Beatles did not set out to teach English - but they have been brilliant ambassadors for the language. Abbey Road, for example, contains over 90% of the 2000 words 'considered to be of the greatest 'general service' to learners of English'. 

The Beatles have always been popular with ESOL teachers - for good reason

The Beatles have always been popular with ESOL teachers - for good reason

Why were The Beatles so effective in communicating the language?

Their early experience of teaching in a foreign language environment (Hamburg) may have played a role. But I think that age and cultural attitude were the crucial elements. The Beatles spoke to and for the younger generation. And for the first time that younger generation was shaping popular culture.

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Four young men change the world

English Language Level: Intermediate+ CER: B1/B2/C1

Exams: First Certificate, IELTS, Cambridge Advanced

Sample: Penny Lane Powerpoint Lesson 

Materials include:

  • Google presentations (downloadable as PowerPoints)
  • Texts & audio graded for English language learners
  • Google quizzes (with recorded responses & answers)
  • Reading & listening worksheets
  • Project work 
  • Adaptable assignments
  • Extensive teaching notes

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