What do you think if there is no music in your life?
It’s so boring or normal as it is being happened.
Of course, music is only a part of our life but with children, music plays an important role. Specially, it helps children learn a foreign language better and better. Imagining that you are a child and what will you choose when you learn some words by a song or only by reading and learning by heart. The songs in an interesting melody are better choice for all children. They all like music more at all. The songs make them comfortable, happy and help them easy to learn through the mood.
Music is really amazing tool for teaching languages. It helps children pick up vocabulary, grammar structures, and the rhythm of the language simply by doing what they already love to do…singing. Young learners will learn languages skills naturally. Music sets a mood with jazzy tune, sets a variety of activities, signal transitions for children and teachers. Music is used popularly in classroom for many functions. For example, you can use a song in the background to start the lesson. That makes your classroom warm and inviting, learners feel excited to start a new lesson. Moreover, you also can use songs or chants during the lesson. That’s effective way to teach vocabulary or structures with simple sentences which is repeated many times in the songs. Even as that playing music is the equipment to signal transitions for both students and teacher. Music also brings a new atmosphere for your classroom. Sometimes, your kids are so tired or sleepy, singing a song together helps them have more energy and easy to concentrate. Teaching a new language by playing music is a good way. With a song children easily sing it even when they don’t understand the lyrics, but in a simple mood they still sing it. Even if they aren’t ready to sing they will be able to do action with gestures that teachers and friends. And finally, singing a song is fantastic way to review the lesson in the class. You ‘re easy to sing a song for a long time, remember better.
To play a song in class you should remember some tips bellow. First, with a new song you need to introduce background or something around the songs such as vocabulary, gestures or even the story about this song. When teaching a song, the content is suitable to the level, the age of children. it’s showed the output, input clearly. Secondly, playing music for children is not only singing but also dancing, doing actions, do the gestures. Besides, in teaching a song you should use the visual aids if possible or make repetition skillfully in each class.
In conclusion, I think using songs, chant in Primary class is a great tool to help both students and teachers have effective period. The knowledge is given and absorbed naturally, the language skills also are practiced. Moreover, the learning environment is so warmer, excited and effective. Let try to use it in your class!