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Lesson 6: Music
I can play the wadaiko!

I can listen to and understand someone talking about musical abilities.

INTRODUCE

It’s nice to know about other people’s musical talents. You may be surprised sometimes!

PRESENT

STEP A VOCABULARY

I. Listen and repeat.

play the [instrument]

sing

rap

read sheet music

write songs

keep a beat

II. Which of the things above are easy? Which are difficult?

  • easy

  • difficult

III. Practice reading the words.

/iː/

/æ/

read

rat

keep

cap

beat

bat

STEP B GRAMMAR TIP

Use can to talk about someone’s abilities.

  • I can play the piano.
  • She can sing well.

For negative sentences, use can’t.

  • Eric can’t play the guitar.
  • He can’t keep a beat.

You can also use can to ask and answer questions.

  • Can you read sheet music?
    – Yes, I can.
    – No, I can’t.

UNDERSTAND

LISTENING

After class, Saori and Masa are talking about their school’s sports festival.

TRIVIA

Did you know that the kenban harmonica is very uncommon outside of Japan? It’s a popular instrument for Japanese elementary school students to learn, but most foreigners have probably never heard of it before.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Complete the dialogues using the information in the profiles.

Name: Itsumi

play the drums: X

sing: O

write songs: X

keep a beat: O

Name: Hideo

play the drums: O

sing: X

write songs: X

keep a beat: O

ex.
Tutor: Can Hideo play the drums?
Student: Yes, he can.

 

1.

Tutor: Can Itsumi sing?

Student: __________.

Tutor: Can she also play the drums?

Student: __________.  

 

2.

Tutor: Can Hideo write songs?

Student: __________.

Tutor: Can he keep a beat?

Student: __________.

STEP B EXERCISE

Make sentences using the pictures and words.

Maria

play the guitar

ex. Maria can’t play the guitar.

 

1.

Derek

 

rap

2. 

Lucy

 

play the koto

3.

Alex

 

read sheet music

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

Your office is going to have a talent show at the year-end party. You asked Glenn, one of your talent show group members, about his musical abilities.


Listen to Glenn. Then, talk to another group member about Glenn’s musical abilities and your own musical abilities.

Today's grammar tip

  • can

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

YOUR MUSICAL ABILITIES

2

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

1

YOUR MUSICAL ABILITIES

  1. Can you sing?
  2. Can you rap?
  3. Can you write songs?
  4. Can you read sheet music?

2MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

  1. What instruments can you play?
  2. What instrument do you want to learn?
  3. What instruments are easy to learn?
  4. What instruments are hard to play?

FEEDBACK

I can listen to and understand someone talking about musical abilities.

LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • 4
    Very Good

    Could complete the task with ease

  • 3
    Good

    Could complete the task with some clarifications

  • 2
    Fair

    Could complete the task with additional instructions

  • 1
    Poor

    Could somehow complete the task with difficulty

PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK

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