Songs Are A Good Way To Learn English
English with songs is an excellent idea because music is a universal
language. Melody, rhythm and harmony go beyond linguistic barriers and
can be felt by any human being. When a student listens to a song, they
experience emotion and connection which can be a bridge to learning the
specific skills that they need to learn.
Kids Singing With Their Teacher
ago, one of the students I was tutoring told me that students in her
country, Korea, absolutely loved listening to English songs, even though
they could understand only a little bit of the vocabulary. Why did they
want to listen to songs that did not even have real meaning to them?
They liked the music, the sound. Music goes far beyond just words to
actually touch and excite people.
are an excellent way to bring in another medium into the classroom to
keep things fresh and interesting. Students learn better when they are
stimulated with different mediums. Another creative source you can use
are articles from various sources such as newspapers, magazines and
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How To Use Songs For Teaching English
can be used with all ages and your approach will vary, depending on the
age and skill level of your students. Here are some general principles
for using songs for teaching English. We tend to think of songs as being
for young children, but older students can also enjoy this method, too!
These are some basic ideas. Some may not apply to you, so feel free to
use or modify to suit your own individual classroom and situation.
Songs can be used for many different purposes within your lesson. Be
sure to have a specific learning objective in mind and shape your lesson
around that. Don't add songs just for fun's sake, although fun will be
sure to happen!
2. For each lesson, focus on one or two songs at the most. Use the song to teach the learning objective that you have.
Use a disc player or other device to play the song in class, or sing it
yourself! Also, with more advanced students, provide the students with a
written copy of the words of the song to read along.
For more advanced students, you may also wish to provide a list of
questions that you will be looking at, regarding the song(s) and read
these questions to the class before playing the song. Doing this will
help your students learn more by preparing their minds for what to
listen to, making them targeted listeners.
For an advanced class, play the song through once, discuss the
questions again, and then play again. Encourage discussion of what they
have heard and read.
6. When teaching children, you may use songs over and over again to reinforce the concepts. Repetition, repetition, repetition!
Use Songs To Teach These Learning Objectives
are many things you can learn from English songs and the ideas are
almost endless. Here are some ideas for language learning objectives
that can be met by the use of songs.
Basic vocabulary. Use
simple songs, especially with children, to teach basic vocabulary and
skills. The use of songs greatly reinforces the words in their minds,
helps auditory learners. If you use actions, as well, this also helps
the kinesthetic learners.
Advanced Vocabulary. Choose
a song that is challenging but not impossible for the students to
understand. Make a list of words you think they should know and hand
them out with the words to song. Listen to the song more than once. A
good strategy would be to place students in groups to decipher the words
and the report their findings to the class.
grammar in song lyrics is often irregular, so this is a good chance to
compare song word order to regular usage. A good strategy to teach
grammar is to take a song and have students write each line out in a
proper sentence and then share examples with the rest of the class. You
can also have students pick out examples of a particular grammar part
from one or two songs.
develop writing skills in your students, use a well-known song and have
them develop a similar song, using the original song as a template. For
example, I used the song, Blowin' in the Wind, by Bob Dylan, with my
high school students and encouraged them to write their own version of
can be used for learning to hear English and how certain words are
pronounced. Let the students listen to a song with rhyming end lines and
then focus on the end words. Have the students say each line together,
emphasizing the end words. Draw their attention the sound of the rhymes.
can also use songs to show different parts of the culture where English
is spoken, whether it is overseas or if the students are now living in
the English speaking country.
have just scratched the surface of how to use songs to teach English. I
hope that it has piqued your interest and that you use these ideas to
get you started on your own creative teaching ideas. I would love to
hear your comments and any ideas you have used in the section below.
Popular Music Songs To Use For English Teaching