Feb 27, 2011

Elvis Costello "She"

Alliteration is used in a variety of genres: poetry and nursery rhymes (“tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor”), advertising slogans and pop culture (Mickey Mouse) as well as everyday life (Bed & Breakfast, credit crunch). Also, research shows that learners find alliterated expressions (prim and proper, slippery slope) easier to remember. This song is packed with alliteration (and some good rhymes too!). 



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To introduce the concept of alliteration, I usually play the Alliterative Adjectives game - a popular ice-breaker where students (in pairs) think of an adjective that best sums up their personality and starts with the same letter as their first name, e.g. Mysterious Myriam or Daring Daniel. Then ask students to introduce their partner to the rest of the class. 


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