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5-Minute TOPs

Marianne’s 5 Minute TOPs are recordings with short exercises that will give you “Training through Oral Practice”. The exercises are based on famous quotes or lyrics from well-known songs. Doing these 5-minute exercises either in class, at home or at work will quickly enable you to memorize these structures and make up your own sentences, i.e. express your own ideas.

We are currently introducing excerpts from the songs in the exercise so that you can practice singing, an excellent way to improve your speaking skills. This makes the podcasts a little longer. Marianne welcomes suggestions from her listeners for future podcasts.

The scripts of these episodes are found in a PDF file and also in Marianne’s book QualityTime-ESL: The Digital Resource Book on a DVD or in a lighter downloadable version. Go to our store to check out the other available written materials.

TOPs presently available:

TOP 1: "To be or not to be"

TOP 2: "I have a dream"

TOP 3: "She loves you"

TOP 4: "I’m a dreamer"

TOP 5: "I’m still standing"

TOP 6: "We are the champions"

TOP 7: "I heard it through the grapevine"

TOP 8: "There she stood"

TOP 9: "I’ve had the time of my life"

TOP 10: (Part 1) Oral Quiz for TOPs 1 to 9

TOP 10: (Part 2) Oral Quiz for TOPs 1 to 9

TOP 10: (Part 3) Oral Quiz for TOPs 1 to 9

TOP 10: (Part 4) Oral Quiz for TOPs 1 to 9

TOP 11: "Do you want to know?"

TOP 12: "You made them laugh"

TOP 13: "Make love not war"

TOP 14: "Don’t worry be happy"

TOP 15: "Let’s do it"

TOP 16: "I will survive"

TOP 17: "Let me love you"

TOP 18: "I’ll stand by you" (with music)

TOP 19: "Let It Be" (with music)

TOP 20: "Music Quiz 2"

TOP 21: "I Have a Dream" ABBA (music)

TOP 22: "I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For" U2 (music)

TOP 23: "Get Lucky" Daft Punk (music)

And also to help you we have…

TOPs: Music Links for "5-Minute TOPs" 1 to 9

TOPs: Advice For Listeners

More TOPs coming up soon! Write to us if you have special requests.

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TOP 23-Get Lucky (music) (5-Minute TOPs)

Add music to your English lessons with an MP3 podcast. "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk, one of my very favorite songs, is the theme of this episode. A new "TOP" to help you understand spoken English through "Training with Oral Practice" based on quotes and song lyrics.



TOP 22 I Still Haven’t Found U2 (music) (5-Minute TOPs)

A new "TOP" to help you understand spoken English through "Training with Oral Practice" based on quotes and song lyrics. This episode is based on one of my very favorite song by U2.



TOP 21-I Have a Dream ABBA (music) (5-Minute TOPs)

A new "TOP" to help you understand spoken English through "Training with Oral Practice" based on quotes and song lyrics. This episode is based on one of my very favorite songs by ABBA.



TOP 20-Music Quiz 2 (5-Minute TOPs)

A new "TOP" to help you understand spoken English through "Training with Oral Practice" based on quotes and song lyrics. This episode is a musical and memory quiz.



Music Links for "5-Minute TOPs" (5-Minute TOPs)

Music links for "5-Minute TOPs" to listen to when you have done the oral exercises/drills, for ESL, ELT, EFL students and other English language learners-even fun preparation for TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge First Certificate, Proficiency, CAE, FCE



TOP 19-Let it be (with music) (5-Minute TOPs)

Here is "TOP" No. 19 to help you understand spoken English through "Training with Oral Practice" based on quotes and song lyrics. Click on the icon below to get the recording or go to the iTunes store to subscribe and just type "Marianne Raynaud" in the search window. Below we tell you where (...)


TOP 18-I’ll stand by you (with music) (5-Minute TOPs)

Here is "TOP" No. 18 to help you understand spoken English through "Training with Oral Practice" based on quotes and song lyrics. Click on the icon below to get the recording or go to the iTunes store to subscribe and just type "Marianne Raynaud" in the search window. Below we tell you where (...)


TOP 17-Let me love you (5-Minute TOPs)

TOP 17 gives learners oral practice in English using the lyrics from The lyrics used in this episode come from “Let It Be” – Beatles, “Let It Be Me” - Everly Brothers - Demis Roussos - Ray LaMontagne, Let Me Love You – Mario, “Let It Rain” - Eric Clapton, “Let The Sun Shine In” from “Hair” (Film), “Let The Good Times Roll” - The Cars - Grateful Dead, Let Me Love You Tonight – Da Buzz plus the ones in TOP 15-Let’s do it. For ESL, EFL, ELT, IELTS, Cambridge FCE, CAE, CPE students.



TOP 16-I will survive (5-Minute TOPs)

TOP 16 gives learners oral practice in English using the lyrics from "We Shall Overcome" – Negro spiritual, "I Will Survive" – Gloria Gaynor - "I Will Always Love You" - Whitney Houston, "We Will Rock Yo"u - Queen, "Love Will Find a Way" - Lionel Richie, "My Heart Will Go On" – Celine Dion (Film Titanic), "I Will Follow" - Chris Tomlin, "Love Will Tear Us Apart" – Joy Division, "Love Will Never Do" - Janet Jackson, "Billie Jean" - Michael Jackson, "I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For" - U2. For ESL, EFL, ELT, IELTS, Cambridge FCE, CAE, CPE students.



TOP 15-Let’s do it (5-Minute TOPs)

TOP 15 gives learners oral practice in English using the lyrics from "Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall In Love" - Alanis Morissette, Eartha Kitt, "Let’s Dance" - David Bowie, "Let’s Twist Again" - Chubby Checker, "Let’s Stay Together" - Tina Turner, Al Green, "Let’s Be Us Again" - Lonestar, "Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off" - Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, "Let’s Go Crazy" - Prince, "Let’s Just Kiss and Say Goodbye" - The Manhattans, Barry White, "Let’s Hear It For The Boy" - Deniece Williams from the film “Footloose”. For ESL, EFL, ELT, IELTS, Cambridge FCE, CAE, CPE students.



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