Songs play an important role in teaching English for children, using songs as a method to teach vocabulary or structure. Throughout using songs, teacher can use games and many activities to motivate students. In my opinion, songs help students improve their pronunciation exactly and develop structure. Moreover, songs are a FUN way to learn English for children aged 3 to 8.
The children aged of 3 to 8, they like singing, playing many activities and you can’t expect young children to learn English without a LOT of repetition. Songs are absolutely IDEAL for language learning as children love them and will want to hear them over and over again. When I was a child, I like singing songs, because I realized that I learned very much from songs such as vocabulary, structures or phrases. Successful ESL teaching is all about variety, movement and using resources that appeal to young children. Young children love games, they love stories and they love songs.
Many people said that using games, stories, drama and songs you are now equipped to solve any topic with the variety that young children need. However, the first important thing is choosing a suitable song and you have to choose a song related to the topic and suitable with student’s level. Another things, if you want to get your pupils to the point that they can actually SING along to these songs then you need simple ones, not too many words, and it’s even better if the words match up with what you are already teaching in class.
Children really enjoy singing along and it can really improve motivation. Singing can also improve the pronunciation and intonation patterns of the students, especially younger children, through increased awareness of stress patterns, weak forms etc. Some simple songs are very repetitive and good for singing along. Longer songs with a wider variety of structures and vocabulary are more suitable for the development of listening skills generally.
All the time, I hope that using songs will be good way for children to learn English and children could focus on rhyming words. Besides, the teacher could ask the students to find synonyms in the song and best of all they can listen again and sing. If you have any ideas, you can share with me. Thanks all!