Using Songs to Teach Children to Learn English

Almost all children like music because it has interesting melody, rhythm or exciting beats. Similar to storytelling, song is also used as a teaching method to help children to develop their English language.

Using song makes a considerable impact on children.

The first benefit of song is to let children to learn by heart new words and improve the speaking skill. Due to the memorable melody of song, children will feel easy to remember vocabulary. Moreover, they can learn how to pronounce exactly. When they are taught to sing a song, they will have to sing a repetitive tune. The sentences of a song will be mimicked again and again. Sometimes, they will use the sentence patterns in song to communicate with each other in class or everyday lives.

The second benefit of song is to help children to increase the listening skill. Before teacher teaches children to sing a song, children are required to do a listening exercise such as filling-gap. They will have to pay attention to listening to the words which are omitted in song.

In the other hand, to teach a song effectively, teacher should notice something as repetition, movement and rhythm.

–          Repetition: teacher will choose songs that new words or sentences in song are repeated again and again. For example, when teacher teach a song about color, the words relating to color will appear many times in song, so children can memorize color.

–          Movement: children are usually active and enthusiastic. They prefer moving to sitting silently in class. Teacher should select songs that can movement and let children use body language such as clapping the hands, dancing … These activities will make classroom’s atmosphere exciting and encourage children to take part in singing. Also, teacher will hold their attention while teaching a song.

–          Rhythm: it is important to use songs that its rhythm is easy for children to learn. For instance, a song has four verses. All of them have the same rhythm, so children can follow the song. Rhythm can help children to pronounce vocabulary more easily.

One thought on “Using Songs to Teach Children to Learn English

  1. Dear Nhung, thanks for your writting. I have read some documents talking about using songs to teach english for kids. I found an effective technique which is Developing a song into a task. Now I am sharing for you.
    Task is an activity which must be carefully planned with learners’ participation. including preparation, core activity and follow up. Each particular song must be suitable for language learning purpose.
    In preparation stage, giving the goal of the task is singing the songs in the core activity stage, it is useful to activate vocabulary and form basic sentence structure in this stage. This could be done by using a great deal of materials such as using pictures or flashcards and so on.
    In core stage, to involve the students ad activate their interests. Teacher should play the tape several times and have students sing along music, perform some simple action like dancing. For example, when asking the word Ball teacher can ask students to make a circle shape with their hands.
    In follow up stage, students should be encouraged to use vocabulary and sentence structures from the songs in diferrent ways such as role play, gap-fill exercise and so on.
    Developing a song into a task with above stages is very useful in teaching english for children.
    Sometimes, it can be a challenge for teacher to choose a song which is suitable for the topic of the lesson. Therefore, teacher can alter the vocabulary, grammar with maitaning the original rhythm to make a new song,
    They are some ideas in using songs to teach english for children. I hope that it will be really useful for future- teachers.
    Thanks for reading.

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