MUSIC AND EMOTION What inspires you?

Before working on this week’s topic in depth, let’s start doing some vocabulary related to it. We will study ‘loanwords’. Do you know what a ‘loanword’ is? Have a look at this definition.

Find here some examples of loanwords in English from different languages: From Spanish, English has borrowed words like guerrilla, macho, patio, plaza, piñata, siesta…

Now, it’s time for you to do some practice. Go to your Student’s Book on page 54 and do Exercise 1 (a-f): VOCABULARY & PRONUNCIATION – music, words from other languages. The keys will be uploaded on the blog for you to check them.


MUSIC is a common phenomenon that crosses all borders of nationality, race, and culture. A tool for arousing emotions and feelings, music is far more powerful than language.  We could say that it is described as a “language of emotion” across cultures.

Let’s try now this WORLD MUSIC QUIZ:

This is an experiment conducted by researchers at Harvard University to study how the mind works. They are investigating how people make sense of music they hear. They will play you some sounds and then, they will ask you questions about what you hear. The experiment takes less than 10 minutes. IT’S WORTH IT!!

Music has the ability to evoke powerful emotional responses such as chills and thrills in listeners.

Listening to music is an easy way to alter mood or relieve stress. People use music in their everyday lives to regulate, enhance, and diminish undesirable emotional states (e.g., stress, fatigue).

Time now to listen to a TED TALK called ‘Music and emotion through time’ by Michael Tilson Thomas, an all-around music educator — connecting with global audiences, young musicians and concertgoers in San Francisco and London.

After watching the video, you will have to do a SUMMARY of his talk (this week’s task – LISTENING & MEDIATION). Your summary MUST BE JUST ONE SINGLE PAGE LONG. 😉

The deadline is the 19th of May!!

Before doing your summary, look carefully at the following tips:


In the next video you will find some key points about how to write effective summaries:

Once you have done your summary and before send it to me, ask yourself these questions:

Steps to make sure your summary is good:
  • Is the summary economical and precise?
  • Is the summary neutral in its representation of the original author’s ideas, omitting the writer’s own opinions?
  • Does the summary reflect the proportionate coverage given various points in the original text?
  • Are the original author’s ideas expressed in the summary writer’s own words?
  • Does the summary use attributive tags (such as ‘Michael argues’) to remind readers whose ideas are being presented?
  • Does the summary quote sparingly (usually only key ideas or phrases that cannot be said precisely except in the original author’s own words)?
  • Will the summary stand alone as a unified and coherent piece of writing?
  • Is the original source cited so that readers can locate it?” – John C. Bean.


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