At first, in my opinion, it is very easy to teach English for children in primary school because the knowledge is simple. However, my thought has changed since i took part in the PELT course. Teaching enflish for primary students is difficult in selecting methods so that we can motivate children’s interests. And using english songs is one of very effective ways.
No matter what the teacher uses songs at the beginning or at the end of the lesson, but she must distinguish between teaching english songs and teaching english through songs. If students learn by heart english songs without any goals, it will be unuseful. Therefore, teaching should use songs for particular objectives such as illustrating the topic of the lesson, presenting new words or creating a lively atmosphere in class. this way will make the lesson less boring and encourages students to participate in english class.
Teacher should pay attention to some tips for choosing a suitable song because at this age, children are easy to give up difficult things. A good song for children must be compatible with language used in class. It should not be involved too much vocabulary, musical challenge or cultural differences. It must be suitable for kids not only in language but also in content. Its content should be within the life experience and reflective of the target culture; Especially, that song must be easy for students to follow by using simple action. Of course, the simple songs with repetive rhythm will be a good chance for children so that they can make an interesting performance in front of the class by using simple body language. Surely, students will look forwar the next english lesson after that.
There are some websites of kids english songs for teachers and parents to refer such as:
it is easy for us to download or copy lyrics there.