Using songs in teaching English for children


       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!




5 thoughts on “Using songs in teaching English for children

  1. Hi Tuyet,
    I have read your idea about using songs in teaching English for children. Thanks for your sharing. Through your writing, I find that you and I have some same ideas about this problem. Actually, songs are very useful to children when they learn language. It not only change the studying atmosphere but also make children easy to follow and interested in English. However, to use songs in teaching English for kids effectively, teachers have to choose suitable ones, design attractive activities. Besides, the teachers should combine it with others.
    Both of us find the benefits of songs, so, I think, to be the future teachers of English, we should learn many funny songs, have interesting ideas to apply in our future work.

  2. Hi Tuyet,
    I agree with you about the advantages of songs. Teaching the English songs bring children many funny, enjoyable things. Beside, It’s important for kids to review new words, model sentences., to reinforce their pronunciation. My group teach ” I like food” song.
    yellow, yellow
    my favorite food is yellow
    It’s very, very good
    My favorite food is yellow
    I like, I like
    I like banana
    Yum, yum, yum,
    yum, yum, yum, yum
    yum, yum, yum, yum,
    we connect the rhythm of ” what color is in the sky?” song with my song. For example,
    what color is the banana?
    It’s yellow, it’s yellow, it’s yellow
    From the last song, we change some words to help children to memory the last song and to develop the new song. And we have Ss practice the chant in groups and clap the syllables. my group use drum sticks as a teching aids so that students understand the syllables of the song. This is several methods that we use in the lesson. Could you give me some other ideals? Thanks.

  3. hi Tuyet, I have already read your sharing. firstly, thank you so much for your useful sharing. I also learned many things from your sharing. the same to you, I have some opinion about songs and the way to apply songs and games for children. we all know the advantages that songs and games bring children but I think that songs can not help children improve pronunciation exactly. children only improve step by step when they listen to the songs everyday, songs will help them create the good habit. they can learn through the lyrics or the structures, however, their ability is not enough to repeat exactly. only when they grow up,a little bit more, they can perceive exactly. and one more important thing, songs and games are useful for children or not, it is based on the way teachers apply and their methods.

  4. thanks for your idea, i agree with your idea. before, i didn’t think songs plays an important role in teaching English for young learners. but now, thanks to you, i understand more about this method. i have never used songs to teach English for kid, but i will apply after reading your idea. we need combine songs with games and other activites to make the lessons more animated and attract young learners, besides this make them easy to remember, not bored in studying English, thanks so much

  5. hi Tuyet. I’ve got your ideas but I wonder what main content you want to focus. I mean you should talk more about using songs in teaching English for children, not about using games or drama. If you want to mention about the combination songs with games, you should give some games in which songs are used. I suggest some music games such as: guessing songs’ name, rhythm, lyrics…..My other idea is using body language to teach English songs’ for children. This helps children remember vocabulary quickly and longer. that’s all my ideas for your writting. Thank you so much!

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