Scenariusz lekcji z języka angielskiego
Piosenka “When a man loves a woman”
1.Playing a few lines of the song. Asking your students to guess the title of the song and the performer.
2. Introduction into the history of the song. Presenting basic information about its recording and covers. (worksheet 1). Explaining the meaning of words: COVER, CHART, RECORDING, RHYTHM, LYRICS, CHORD.
3. Listening to the song for general understanding
4. Discussion about the meaning of the song
5. Listening to the song for filling in some specific information.
6. Describing the feelings the song creates looking at the lines and trying to translate the lyrics into Polish language (WORKSHEET 2)
"When a Man Loves a Woman" is a song recorded by Percy Sledge in 1966 at Norala Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama. It made number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts. It was listed 54th in the List of Rolling Stone magazine's 500 greatest songs of all time. The sidemen for this recording included Spooner Oldham, organ; Marlin Greene, guitar; Albert "Junior" Lowe, bass and Roger Hawkins, drums. The song is credited to Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright, who played bass and keyboards with Sledge. However, the song was in fact written by Percy Sledge himself, but he gave it to Lewis and Wright.
Before the recording session, the song had no title or lyrics. The session proceeded with the expectation that Sledge would produce them for the vocal takes. When it came time to record the vocals, Sledge improvised the lyrics with minimal pre-planning. Using the melody as a guide for rhythm and phrasing. The performance was so convincing that others working on the session assumed Sledge had the lyrics written down.
It was later covered by Michael Bolton in 1991, whose version also reached number one on the U.S. pop and adult contemporary singles charts (Bolton also received a Grammy Award for this song). Barbara Mandrell recorded a Country version of the song that same year. The song has also been recorded by Jerry Butler, Art Garfunkel and Luba. Sledge's version was also a top ten hit in the UK peaking at number four on its initial release and peaking at number two in 1987 after it was featured in a Levi's Jeans commercial. The song makes use of a commonly used descending bass line chord progression as in "Pachabel's canon," or Bach's "Air on the G string."
Ex.1. Listen to the song and fill in the missing words:
When a man _______________ a woman
Can't keep his __________ on nothing else
He'll __________ the world
For the good ___________ he's found
If she's bad he can't _____________ it
She can do no _____________
Turn his __________ on his best friend
If he _____________ her down
When a man ______________ a woman
Spend his very last ______________
Tryin' to ________________ on to what he ___________
He'd give up all his ______________
Sleep out in the _______________
If she said that's the way it ____________________to be
Well, this man _______________ a woman
I gave you ______________ I had
Tryin' to hold on to your _______________ love
Baby, please don't _______________ me bad
When a man ____________ a woman
Down ____________ in his _____________
She can _______________ him such _____________
If she plays him for a _____________
He's the last one to _______________
______________ eyes can't ever see
When a man _____________ a woman
He can do no ___________
He can never _______________ some other ______________
Yes when a man ___________ a woman
I know __________ how he _____________
'______________ baby, baby, baby, you're my _____________
When a man ____________ a woman.....
Ex. 2. Describe briefly your feelings and emotions after listening to the song.
Ex. 3. Try to write a translation of the song