Why ABBA’s “I Have a Dream” is my favourite song 0



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This is the name of a beautiful song sung by ABBA. Teaching English songs to students learning English is always well received as many of them love to sing. It’s also a good way to place emphasis on pronunciation in an interesting way. It’s not seen to be boring. I was teaching young mature age students and I knew they favoured certain English songs. For instance, ‘The Titanic’ was a very popular movie. The Government only allow a small number of western movies to be shown each year and this was one of them. Hence many people loved the song from that movie. But I wanted to extend their knowledge of western music by introducing songs and musical groups they were not familiar with.

‘I Have a Dream’ by ABBA is a favourite song of mine so armed with the words and a CD I taught a class of eight to sing this song. They loved it too so there was no resistance. We also discussed at length the meaning of the words. It was such a success that I did this exercise several more times with different classes. On special occasions when a concert was being held I always had a class sing this song. I even had it performed at a Christmas party.

We had a long term class of nine students learning business English. I became their English teacher at the beginning and continued this role for most of their two years at our school. As their English and confidence increased during their second year I introduced them to ABBA too. ABBA music in general quickly became a firm favourite of theirs. They had my two ABBA CDs in their classroom with a CD player so they could play them during class breaks. Generally, they did not like to mix with the other students who had shorter stays at school. Getting them to attend a school function was a challenge, but eventually after some firm words from me they fronted up for a concert after agreeing to sing ‘I Have a Dream’ with another class.

I left teaching, but I still had contact with one of the local schools. I was invited to attend their Christmas Eve banquet and concert. I was delighted when one of the teachers who had a stunning voice, sang this song in English and Chinese. It was great to know that I was not the only one in China to love this song.


Jeanie Hore

Currently, I'm house sitting around sth east Qld. Turned 70 and the sky did not fall in. I'm an active member of Lyoness Cash Back community and an independent Norwex distributor. Plenty there to keep me interested and involved.

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