Avicii: Wake me up

Tags: discussion
Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate

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Have the students listen to the chorus of this song. In small groups, ask them to write down the following:
  • What should be over when they wake him up?
  • How will life be different then?
  • How do you understand that he was finding himself without being lost?


Students compare their ideas and discuss the good and bad sides of being a teenager/wiser and older.

What would they miss if they were woken up when they are wiser and older? Why would that be a good/bad idea?



Have students write a letter to their future selves.

I usually collect those letters sealed and put them away for a year or two and then return them unopened. This is a time capsule that exposes progress in many areas, not just language and is greatly appreciated with my students. I tell them in advance that I am not opening the letters or reading them. This is just between themselves and their future selves.


At this point it is also good to have them actively visualize their future selves by writing down and (if appropriate) later displaying how what they are doing now will get them to where they want to be in the future. (Interested why? Read this.)

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