This technique is an alternative to the gap-fill activity that often accompanies a song. At first the students have no idea what the symbols mean, but slowly you will hear gasps of delight as some students start to guess the words.
The students are firstly given a handout of the symbol sheet which represents the song, and after trying to decipher as much as they can they can, they then listen to the song and compare with their ideas. The full lyrics can be shown to the students before they listen a second time.
Hello, Goodbye symbols: please click here for the pdf sheets. For obvious reasons the actual song cannot be included here but there are many sites where it can be obtained (it is highly recommended that the original Beatles version is used).
- Today in History: The Beatles Finish Recording ‘Hello Goodbye’ (wcbsfm.radio.com)