Songs play an important role in the development of young children learning a second language. Most children enjoy singing songs, and they find it is not difficult to studying English by singing a song. English Language Learners who participate in early childhood music programs also improve their fine and gross motor skills and experience gains in cognitive, social, emotional, and musical skills. Singing in a foreign language can improve learning how to speak it.For the teacher, using songs in the classroom can be a good way to teach many students effectively.
How to apply song in teaching English for children?
The first important thing is choosing a suitable song. You have to choose a song related to the topic and suitable with student’s level. It is also a big question of whether your students are going to like the song because what you really want is a song with some useful language in it. As you know, children always are children. They are absorbed by interesting things. The second note is “What do you do with the song? Songs can be exploited in many ways. And today, I would like to introduce you some ideas for using songs in teaching English:
Filling in the blanks
Songs are often used in this way in the English classroom. You can carefully choose which words to blank out depending on what lexical area you want your students to work on.
__________________ give me a head-ache.
Don’t want to ___________for goodness sake.
I’d rather_________ with my free time.
__________________ feels just fine.
Spot the mistakes
Change some of the words in the lyrics and as students listen they have to spot and correct the mistakes.
I see them everywhere
I love circles and reactangles
Triangles and squares
You can use a song with a clear rhyme pattern to do some phonetics work on particular phonemes. Here is an example:
Order the verses
With low levels this is a very simple activity. Chop up the lyrics of the song by verse and give a small group of students the jumbled verses. As they listen they put them in order.
Write the next verse
Higher levels can write a new verse to add to a song. Focus on the patterns and rhyme of the song as a group and then let students be creative. If they are successful, the new verses can be sung over the top of the original!
Some songs lend themselves well to vocabulary work. When possible, I have noted on the menu pages when vocabulary exercises are possible.
I hope that these ideas will be good for your classes. The more you use music in the classroom the more uses you will find for it. If you have any ideas, you can share with me. I hope that we can help each other more in English education.