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ESL's "A Voice Within" English listening class introduction

ESL does not charge for this online class. You will, however, need to listen to the song "A Voice Within" (often called "The Voice Within") by Christina Aguilera. The song is available on Stripped, Christina Aguilera's second album. 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:

You might want to discuss these questions with a friend or on the music message board.

1. What do you think this song will be about?

2. What is "the voice within"?

Listen for general understanding

Listen to the song "A Voice Within". Judging from the words and/or the mood of the song, is the voice within a good thing or a bad thing?

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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