Using songs in teaching English for children

People nowadays, especially young people, seem to be impossible to live without music. It’s not only an effective tool of entertainment, but also education.

There are a lot of benefits of using songs in the classroom. When we sing and act out songs in the classes, young learners are getting vocabulary, pronunciation, intonation, the rhythm of the language, the grammar, listening skill. Songs is great teaching language tool in the class. We can use song to signal the transitions, move an activity to another activity. Moreover, songs are also great for creating a positive atmosphere in the classroom.

Firstly, songs are used to give instructions. Students don’t often pay much attention to the word instructions. Using songs is the best way to draw attention when you want students to move to other activities. Teachers can use the same songs for the similar activities to form students’ habit. For example, teacher can ask the children to sing the same song every greeting, moving, or breaking time. Each lesson should teach the children just one or two songs, but keep repeating them to students are able to remember the tune, the lyrics, and also understand the meaning. Therefore, songs reinforce longer after students leave the class.

 Secondly, teachers should make the students feel comfortable and relax when they go to school by using some fun sounds and songs. It helps students feel safety and ready to learning English. It’s great motivating expediency because the children always think that songs are for entertainment, not study, and therefore they feel enjoyable to learn English songs.

 Fun song is the simple things to learn if you put some gestures, or dancing. It’s suitable for many kinds or levels of students, even though they don’t have musical intelligence to sing well, they can imitate the gestures, dance, or just sing some parts of the song. Besides, the teachers should choose the songs with short, conversational, and understandable lyrics to set it in the students mind as permanent phrases and they can use it afterward.

Songs have many benefits, but it also has certain limitations to consider.  We have to use the suitable songs to teach in the class to be match with the objectives of the lesson about the topic, vocabulary, or structure. Teaching songs can’t replace teaching communicating language in formal way because there are some differences between the language used in the songs and real communicating language. Using song with the proper frequency is also an important thing because if we use it too much, the students will be bored. If we don’t use it often, the students will forget them.

To raising the strengths and minimizing the limitations, the suggestion is that we should develop songs to be tasks and matching it to our curriculum to get the best benefits.


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