It is important fo a teacher to find out a new teaching method. Because this adds taste for the lesson as well as the results which are what pupils achieved. That new teaching method certainly should be fit with the goals and objectives of each lesson so that teachers can limit the waste time. Using songs to teach English for kids is considered as one of the useful method. However, how to apply this method effectively is a big question.. Here are some notes which teachers should pay attention in order to avoid mistakes when using it.
* Not just for fun only!
Songs by themselves are usually noisy and happy, so they can cheer pupils up through their tones, lyrics and music. Songs in classroom can break down the boring atmosphere. That means students will forget feeling of sleepy. just simply because they love songs. (Perhaps, the prefer listening to songs to studying). Therefore, teachers can completely base on this characteristics to design a lesson in a song. The used songs should cover what the teacher would like to teach or what the lesson focuses on. The content of the song ought to be couple with the content of the lesson. For example, when you teach your pupils the lesson of weather, you had better choose the song relating to somethings like hot, cold, warm, sunny, rainy, cloudy, windy, etc. Thus, you teach your kids that song means you are teaching them the vocabulary about weather. This has both aims in entertainment and learning.
* Teaching English through songs, not teaching an English song.
Some teachers may intend to teach their little students an English song instead of teaching English by using a song. This is a big mistake. Remember that songs are the good tool in teaching, so do not move your lesson of teaching English on to a singing lesson.
* KISS ( keep it short and simple)
It is worthless to show the pupils a complex and long song because they can not accept or keep it long in their mind. A short, simple and meaningful song will be the best choice in place of a hard one.
* Be creative!
How interesting a song is if it designed to be another song with the same tone! It is so great. A song can be used to review and broad. By replacing some key words following the topic you are going to teach , you now have a new and exciting song for your pupils. It not only saves your time to try to look for a strange song but also is easy for kids to remember the lesson. In addition, playing audio of songs is not the best way all the time. Sometimes, teachers can sing that song in case you get troubles of teaching equipment. That is fine.
To sum up, songs can be used in variety if purposes but in teaching English, they should be suitable with the lesson and the pupils’ character. Teachers should have a look at some notes to use them effectively and make a perfect lesson.