Englishman in New York

This is a fantastic song that I really like to use in class, especially with pre-intermediate to upper-intermediate students.

It provides a lot of debate material, whether you’re dealing with cultural stereotypes, discrimination, racism, or just a bit of geography of English speaking countries.

You’ll find a pdf file with two pages: the first one is the copy for the student, and the other has the full lyrics for you, just in case.

  • Start the activity with a pre-listening introduction about the artist: try not to lecture them, ask questions instead, just to check if they know the artist or not. If not, provide them with a little information.
  • Listen once for the general meaning of the song. Elicit ideas.
  • Give out copies of the handout, have the students give a look at the photos and describe them.
  • Listen again, this time they’ll have to try and fill in the gaps (lower levels may have to listen twice, but that depends on how much time you have).
  • Finally, check their answers, ask them if they liked the song or not and why, and start the debate.

[Note: please remember that we do not own the songs, respect the work of the artists who composed and performed the songs, rights are reserved.]

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3 responses to “Englishman in New York

  1. cstrep

    This is such a great work! Amazing.

  2. I was asked for a little help, so here are some guidelines for a debate:

    – What do you think of the protagonist of the song: is he a typical Englishman? Why?
    – What do people in your country think of English people?
    – Do you know anyone from England? Do they match the stereotype?
    – What’s the stereotype of people from your own country? Do you correspond to that stereotype?
    – How would you feel if you moved abroad?
    – What would be the pros and cons of moving to another country?

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