Spa mat dev_-_using_songs_in_the_classroom

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Spa mat dev_-_using_songs_in_the_classroom

  1. 1. Using songs in the classroom
  2. 2. Advantages• Help to develop language & pronunciation• Natural and enjoyable repetition• Can use to develop all skills• Motivating and fun• All children can participate• Build confidence – children can learn ‘chunks’• Help to develop cognitive skills (eg memory)• Good tool for teacher – managing the class and adding variety and pace; cross-curricular topics; short, fixed time• Develop cultural understanding• A social shared experience
  3. 3. Think about…• Level of your students – Is language appropriate? Adapt language?• Age of your students• Space in the classroom – can students do the song at their desk? Do they need to move?• When to use songs: A warmer? To move from one activity to another? Introduce new language? Revise language? Channel energy? To get everyone’s attention? Change mood?
  4. 4. How? Activities and tips• http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/tips/using- songs-classroom• http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/teaching- kids/using-traditional-songs• http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/language- assistant/primary-tips/using-songs
  5. 5. Favourite and new activities• Children suggesting/changing lyrics eg animals, parts of the body (eg Pinocchio)• Listening for words and raising hand when hearing them (eg I can sing a rainbow)• Performing actions (eg Incy Wincy Spider)• Writing activities: write a new verse (eg Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes); order sentences• Singing songs quickly/slowly• Missing out words• Karaoke• Singing competitions• Making song books
  6. 6. Finding songs• Topic internet searches (eg parts of the body: http://pinterest.com/simplesongs/teach-parts- of-the-body/• Song websites: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/son gs• http://www.supersimplelearning.com/songs/• BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolradio/subjects/early learning/nurserysongs/A-E/big_ship_sails
  7. 7. More songs!• Alice the Camel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpoqrvTL c8M• Five little speckled frogs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVPmtaH mL4g• Five little monkeys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL9mI3K8 UiI
  8. 8. Adapting songs• Make simpler for lower language levels• Change to fit with a particular topic (eg 10 little aeroplanes can become 10 little elephants…)• http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/s ongs/ten-little-aeroplanes• Blog! http://sonjaenglish.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/t en-little-aeroplanes.html
  9. 9. One song – many uses!• Alice the camel• Make a song book – students make a page for the camel with eg 5 humps, 4 humps…• Introducing topic of the desert• Writing – amazing facts about camels• Where do camels live? Using maps…• Learning about animals adapting to different habitats (eg the desert)
  10. 10. Pop songs for older children• Here is a presentation from IATEFL conference about exploiting pop songs: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2010/sessions/ 2010-04-10/useful-exploitation-pop-songs- classroom• A fantastic songs resource with free worksheets and lesson ideas (need to register but free – note for older learners): http://www.tuneintoenglish.com/?p=833
  11. 11. Your favourite pop songs• Some examples of songs used for upper primary to teach about culture, vocabulary and music styles. Mariachu thinks about: whether the songs have a moral lesson, lyrics that can apply to their own lives…• Country: "The Human Race“ by Randy Travis• R&B: "Video" by India Arie• Reggae: ”Turn your Light down Low" by Bob Marley & Lauryn Hill• POP: "We are the World" by USA for Africa• Soul: "Ain´t no Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell• Soul: "You Gotta Be" by Patty Austin• R&B: "Recipe for Love" by Harry Connick Jr.• Country: " Country Roads" by J. Denver• POP: " Yellow Submarine" by Beatles• http://www.tuneintoenglish.com/yellowsubmarine.pdf• POP: " You´ve Got a Friend" by James Taylor
  12. 12. Articles and books• The Primary English Teacher’s Guide by Brewster, Ellis, Girard (Penguin English, 2002): Chapter 12

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