January 4th 2011 archive

Songs in EFL Classroom


   I learned very early in life that: “Without a song, the day would never end; without a friend, a man ain’t got a friend; without a song, the road would never bend- without a song” So I keep singing a song. – Elvis Presley

I have written many times that I really enjoy using songs in the classroom. I know how effective these real songs can be. My husband never had a formal English lesson. He studied French at school but he loves music very much and he can speak English better than he can speak French. He is not good at grammar yet he can communicate. Whenever I use songs in my lessons I know that barriers become smaller so I decided to compile some lesson ideas here. If you want to share yours, please blog about them and send me the link and I’ll add it here. If you don’t blog, my blog will be very glad to have guest bloggers for ‘using songs in efl classes’


Five reasons why I use songs in my classes

  1. They are authentic materials
  2. You can also teach culture and history
  3. Songs contain repetitions and repetitions enhance learning
  4. Good way to teach vocabulary and pronunciation
  5. They are fun and they can easily energize the unmotivated

 Here you can reach what I have blogged so far.

 Liven up classroom with music

When I’m sixty-four

Songs that represent me

From My delicious bookmarks:

Using Songs in the English Classroom

Songs that can be used in the classroom

Music for Teaching Social Studies

Write a Blues song

Using Music in the ESL Classroom


using songs in the esl classroom

Teaching with songs

Musical English Lessons International


EFL Classroom.ning


Using Songs in the Classroom

Tune into English

Learn English with songs from Esolcourses

Links from the comments of this post:

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/blogs/nik-peachey/6-activities-you-can-do-online-songs-music via Nik Peachey

http://ddeubel.edublogs.org/2010/12/31/tesol-teacher-training-presentations/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_nPUuPryCs via David Deubelbeiss

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Folk-DC-Digital-Childrens-Folksongs-for-Language-and-Cultural-Learning/181031155249040 via Joel Josephson

from Arjana Blazic listening quizzes  made on the ESL Video websitehttp://traveloteacher.blogspot.com/p/quizzes-for-eflesl-students.html

Learn English With Christmas Songs page: http://traveloteacher.blogspot.com/p/learn-english-with-christmas-songs.html

 Ideas from friends: (from comments)

from The Smiths ‘Ask’ and The Divine Comedy‘Come Home Billy Bird’ via @TEFL101

L.O.V.E by Nat King Cole via Anna Varna

 A great summary of #ELTchat about Teaching English through songs: activities, resources and benefits of using songs for teaching, on Jan 12th via Vicky Saumel

Teaching English through songs in the digital age (part 1 of 4): Background readings and resources

Teaching English through songs in the digital age (part 2 of 4): Ideas for using songs

Teaching English through songs in the digital age (part 3 of 4): Specific songs and their uses

Teaching English through songs in the digital age (part 4 of 4): Music-related web 2.0 tools