There’s a song from the 90s I will always remember: Blue Savannah by the English duo Erasure. It’s the melody, the 80s beat and the line My home is where the heart is… that makes this song unforgettable. Having left my mom’s apt years ago, I still feel confused when I call her place my home. It’s where I grew up and where she has lived for over 30 years.
I’ve also seen this ‘confusion’ in the classroom with my students. Some say they have 2 homes because their parents are divorced. Other students, who have recently moved to Recife, admit they don’t ‘feel at home’ here yet. Some students also say that home is where their family is, no matter which city they’re living in.
Defining home is not an easy task, for that reason, it can lead to a very interesting discussion in the classroom and generate meaningful conversation among teens and adults. The objective of the activity below is to promote discussion and also to raise students’ awareness of connected speech through a song under the same theme of home.
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