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The power of music when Teaching English to Very Young Learners

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The power of songs and music when teaching English, as a second language, to young learners. "You don’t need to be a musical expert to share singing and dancing with children. ENTHUSIASM is the key –hang loose and enjoy the experience- children will respond whole-heartedly!” Linda Adamson.

The power of music when Teaching English to Very Young Learners

  1. 1. The Power of Music. Teaching English to Very Young Children
  2. 2. <ul><li>“ You don’t need to be a musical expert to share singing and dancing with children” </li></ul><ul><li>“ ENTHUSIASM is the key –hang loose and enjoy the experience- children will respond whole-heartedly!” </li></ul><ul><li>Linda Adamson </li></ul>
  3. 3. The power of music 1/2 <ul><li>Music truly is one of chilhoods’s most rewarding experiences. Here’s why: </li></ul><ul><li>Music is FUN! </li></ul><ul><li>Music/singing builds language skills: vocabulary, structures,... </li></ul><ul><li>Music builds self esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Music helps to develop motor skills </li></ul><ul><li>Music builds listening, playing, creating, moving, singing and later on reading skills </li></ul>
  4. 4. The power of music 2/2 <ul><li>Music skills require discipline and concentration </li></ul><ul><li>Music can help develop warm and loving relationships (songs can be soothing, humorous, interactive) </li></ul><ul><li>Music helps build social skills </li></ul><ul><li>Musical concepts such as volume; tempo; beat and rhythm; pitch and melody; harmony and mood; and tone can be learnt. </li></ul><ul><li>Music is emotionally fulfilling </li></ul><ul><li>MUSIC HELPS TO LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE </li></ul>
  5. 5. What songs should we choose for the classroom? <ul><li>The question to ask </li></ul>
  6. 6. Start from the beginning… <ul><li>Knee-Jogging rhymes : </li></ul><ul><li>Trot, trot or This is the way the ladies ride </li></ul><ul><li>Bouncing and Dancing Rhymes : </li></ul><ul><li>Dance, little Baby </li></ul><ul><li>Patting and Clapping Rhymes : </li></ul><ul><li>Shoe a little horse </li></ul><ul><li>Lullabies and Rocking Rhymes : </li></ul><ul><li>Bye baby bunting </li></ul><ul><li>Finger play Rhymes : </li></ul><ul><li>Round and round the garden, </li></ul><ul><li>Slowly, Slowly </li></ul>
  7. 7. Some steps beyond... <ul><li>Nursery Rhymes: </li></ul><ul><li>The Muffin Man </li></ul><ul><li>Little Jack Horner </li></ul><ul><li>Once I caught a fish alive </li></ul><ul><li>Incy wincy spider </li></ul><ul><li>Five little ducks </li></ul><ul><li>... </li></ul>
  8. 8. And a bit of everything... Some activities to carry out with songs <ul><li>1. Join in and sing: </li></ul><ul><li>Walking through the jungle </li></ul>
  9. 9. And a bit of everything... Some activities to carry out with songs <ul><li>2. Sing and do the actions: </li></ul><ul><li>Alice the camel </li></ul>
  10. 10. And a bit of everything... Some activities to carry out with songs <ul><li>3. Poetry that works: </li></ul><ul><li>Two little blackbirds </li></ul>
  11. 11. And a bit of everything... Some activities to carry out with songs <ul><li>4. Sing about a topic: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Animal boogie” </li></ul>
  12. 12. And a bit of everything... Some activities to carry out with songs <ul><li>5. Using songs as stories: </li></ul><ul><li>I know an old lady who swallowed a fly </li></ul>
  13. 13. And a bit of everything... Some activities to carry out with songs <ul><li>6. For pronunciation input: </li></ul><ul><li>The food train chant </li></ul>
  14. 14. Tools for singing <ul><li>You Tube </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gVZ-Xrx4qY&feature=related </li></ul><ul><li>some You tube channels: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/user/1stnurseryrhymes#p/u </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/user/SuperSimpleSongs#p/c/028565C616627F50 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/user/jamarookids </li></ul><ul><li>... </li></ul><ul><li>Songs for children on line http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/somethingspecial/songs/oldmacdonald/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.supersimplesongs.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.britishcouncil.org/kids-songs-seasons.htm </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>“ Singing fills my heart </li></ul><ul><li>with warmth and laughter. </li></ul><ul><li>May your lives be filled </li></ul><ul><li>with songs ALWAYS! ” </li></ul><ul><li>Linda Adamson </li></ul>
  16. 16. http://delicious.com/enriccalvet/songs

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