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  1. 1. USING SONGS IN TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE By: TAHIRA JAHAN PGD.ELT
  2. 2. DISCUSSION TOPICS Why Teach  Songs ? How to Choose & Exploit Songs?
  3. 3. “We should not teach great books; we should teach a love of learning” B.F Skinner
  4. 4. WHY TEACH SONGS It is an authentic activity to use songs in teaching and learning process.  Songs are a source of motivation.  Repetition in songs enhances understanding.
  5. 5.  Rhythm helps to understand stress and intonation.  Songs help in learning new vocabulary.  Songs can be employed as a group activity and as an activity to practice alone.
  6. 6. HOW TO SELECT AND EXPLOIT SONGS
  7. 7. 1. FOR REININFORCING GRAMMAR POINTS
  8. 8. Structural Consolidation Example: I catch the bus to work Sometimes I go by car I rarely ride the bike Because it is just too far I get to work at 8:30 I have lunch from 1:00 till 2:00 I may leave work at 6:00 There’s always a lot to do
  9. 9. 2.For Teaching New Vocabulary Vocabulary according to the Level  The Target Lexical Items should Recur
  10. 10. Example: It’s Raining    Repetition Realia Acting It’s raining, it’s pouring The old man is snoring He went to bed and he Bumped his head And he couldn’t get up in the morning.
  11. 11. Showing the Pictures of the Target Vocabulary Raining Snoring Bumped
  12. 12. 3. Intertexuality Song lyrics can corroborate literary works like poems (in syllabus). Songs can be referred if there is coherence between the lyrics of poem and of the song.
  13. 13. Exploiting a Song for Intertextuality Identifying the words that link the two lyrics
  14. 14. Ode on Grecian Urn My Heart will Go on Ah, happy, happy boughs! That cannot shed Your leaves, no ever can Bid the spring adieu Forever piping songs Forever new Forever warm and still To be enjoyed Thou canst leave thy song Love can touch us one time and last for a life time in my life will always go on we’ll stay forever this way; you are safe in my heart and my heart will go on
  15. 15. 4. Listening Comprehension Things to keep in mind while selecting A song for this purpose:  Clarity of pronunciation  Low density of instrumentation
  16. 16. How to Use a Song for Listening Comprehension  Listening for Gist 1.Questions could be asked Example: After hearing this song  which bird is singing?  what time is it when the bird sits on window sill?
  17. 17. Listening for precise wording Gap filling  sing ____ from the ___ tree.  sing for ____  You sit upon my_________  Each morning when it is ____ and still.
  18. 18. Listening for Specific Information True/False activity Each evening when it’s calm T/F  You sit upon my arm T/F  Sing sparrow from the woodland tree T/F 
  19. 19. 5. Using songs in Phonology Songs have a very marked rhythm so we can improve and correct stress by reciting them

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