What Does Your Musical Taste Say About You?

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I March 30, 2021
General English, Speaking Lessons
B1 Intermediate
Tend to + Verb
Speaking, Vocabulary
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
What Does Your Music Say About You? | ESL Lesson Plan for Intermediate Students

Lesson Overview

That is music to my ears! In this lesson, students will discuss music and how it speaks to us. This lesson features a video that explains musical preference and how it relates to our personality and attitude. Students will learn and practice prepositions, the use of “tend to + verb”, and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will engage with the structures of "tend to + verb" to discuss habitual actions and tendencies. This practice helps students to articulate generalizations about preferences and behaviors, particularly in relation to musical tastes and personality traits.

  • Listening: The objective is for students to enhance their listening skills by engaging with a video that explores the relationship between musical preferences and personality. They will listen for specific information to match music genres with personality types and reflect on the content's relevance to their own experiences.

  • Speaking: Students will engage in discussions about their musical tastes, how these preferences reflect their personality, and their attitudes towards different music genres. This speaking practice encourages sharing personal experiences and opinions, fostering a deeper understanding of the connection between music and individual identity.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson focuses on expanding vocabulary related to personality traits, musical genres, and expressions used to discuss preferences and tendencies. Vocabulary exercises are designed to help students articulate their thoughts about music and its influence on people’s lives more precisely.

  • Homework: Students are tasked with exercises that reinforce the lesson's grammar focus on "tend to + verb," alongside choosing the correct prepositions in given contexts. Additionally, they will correct statements to align with the characteristics of various personality types and complete sentences that reflect their understanding of how people's musical tastes can indicate broader personal qualities.


The video analyzes how our musical preferences relate to our attitudes and personality. People often listen to music as a way to set the mood, motivate themselves during a workout, or even gain inspiration. How much are those choices influenced by underlying personality traits?

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

genre [noun]: a category of art, music, or literature
self esteem [noun]: an impression of oneself
evoke [verb]: to bring to mind or to the surface
outgoing [adjective]: friendly and willing to meet and talk to new people
be attracted to [verb]: to find something or someone very interesting or good-looking
lyrics [noun]: the words of a song
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