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ESL's "Don't Cry" English listening class introduction does not charge for this online class. You will, however, need to listen to the song "Don't Cry" by Guns N' Roses. The song is available on Use Your Illusion 1, an album I used to listen to a lot when I was in high school. You can try to find it in your local music store or you can purchase it from

This class starts with a focus on listening. The focus then switches to vocabulary and interpreting the song. Finally, you will be encouraged to talk about the song.

Warm up:

"Don't Cry" is a love song so you might want to discuss these questions with a friend or on the Relationships message board.

1. Have you ever broken up with a boyfriend or girlfriend?
2. What happened?

Listen for general understanding

Listen to the song "Don't Cry". Judging from the words and/or the mood of the song, how do you think the singer feels (happy, sad, angry, nervous, etc.)?

This English listening class consists of:

Class part Activity Time
Intro General information about the class and listen for for the main idea of the song. 5 minutes plus however long it takes you to get the song.
Part A Introduction to some difficult vocabulary. 10 minutes
Part B Listen for the new vocabulary words. 10 minutes
Part C Examine the song's lyrics and identify the arguments. 10 minutes
Part D Talk about this song or any other music. As much (or as little) time as you like.

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