As you know, in order to make students remember vocabulary for a long time, it’s better for us to review it again and again. One of the simplest and most effective methods is learning English through English songs. This kind of method not only makes the English lesson more vivid but also helps students have fun in learning, builds their vocabulary and helps them remember better.
What can children improve through English songs?
Learning through English songs can help children have relaxing moments with the songs they like. Also, it’s an effective way for children to systemize vocabulary, sentence patterns, listening and pronunciation skills in English in the best possible way .
How can students get the best results through English songs? Teachers should prepare the lesson plans with the pre – while – after listening activities. Here are some suggestions for you to plan the activities.
*** Pre- Listening activities
Firstly, Choosing a suitable song.
It can be considered as the most important step in teaching English songs. A song should be suitable with the content of the lesson and children’s level. It’s also important for teachers to choose the songs with understandable words and a beautiful melody that can draw most of students’ attention better than boring songs.
Besides, you can also organize some pre- activities such as:
- Give students the title of the song and ask them to predict words and phrases that they expect to hear.
- Give students the words of a song with an “either/or” choice for certain words in each line. Students choose which word is more likely in each case and then listen and check if they were correct.
- Dictate a list of words which appear in the song – in a random order and add one extra word which doesn’t appear. Students write the words then listen to the song, ticking off the words as they hear them. They should end up with one word.
=> Pre-activities will help students prepare well before learning the songs and follow the songs easier.
*** While teaching English songs:
- Students listen and delete extra words which they do not hear (you will need to prepare a song page with extra words)
- Students listen and fill gaps (open cloze or multiple choice)
- Students listen to a song, draw a picture to represent what they hear and then explain their pictures in small groups.- Fill in the blank. You should choose the words that you want students to work on on order to draw Ss ‘ attention to the content of the lesson.
For example, in the topic: School things. The blanks relating school things should be done, like this :
This is my ……….. . This is my ……….. . [ table, chair]
This is my ……….. that I take everywhere. [bag]
Sit down. Stand up. One, two, three.
School, ……….. , school for you and me. [school]
After listening activities
- Students listen to a song and make a note of 6 or 8 words that they hear. Then they use these words as the basic vocabulary for composing a poem in pairs. Although students usually don’t want to write poetry, if you tell them that their poem has to be “corny”, they will enjoy the task.
- Students write another verse for the song in pairs or small groups.
- Students brainstorm all of the words that they have heard and then listen again and check to see how many are correct.
These are just some ways that I think will be useful for us to explore any English songs to teach. Once again, wish all of us have the interesting lessons of teaching English songs.