7 Creative Ways to Teach English Through Songs


Learning how to Teach English Through Songs can make a great contribution because music connect all cultures and languages. This makes it one of the best and most motivating resources in the classroom, regardless of the age or background of the learner.

How to Teach English Through Songs

These are some of the common ways to teach English through songs

1. Fill in the Blanks: One of the activities that most of teacher use with songs is deleting some of the words from the lyrics, they ask students to listen and fill in the blanks. An important aspect that you have to take into account is that deleted words must mean something to students. They could be all verbs, adjectives or vocabulary related to a particular topic.

Teaching with Songs - Fill in the Blanks

2. Fill in the Blanks to Teach Phonetics: This activity is similar to the previous one, the only difference is that this time you will give a little bit of help because they will see the phonetic transcription in the parenthesis.

Teaching with Songs (Phonetics)

3.  Word Classification:  For this activity, you have to find a song which has the vowel or diphthong sound that you want to teach. You  give the lyrics to students and ask them to recognize words that have the vowel or diphthong sound you want to focus on.

Teaching with Songs - Pronunciation

4: Dialogue Creation: For this activity, you have to give students the lyrics, you can play it once and then ask students to highlight some key phrases and then you have to ask them to create a dialogue using those phrases. That should make students thinks.

Teaching with Songs - Dialogue Creations

5: Line Ordering: Give students lines from the lyrics and ask them to number them as they listen to the song. You can also give a line to each student in a group and ask them to order the lyrics according to the song.

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6: Synonyms and Antonyms: This is similar to the Fill in the Blanks activity but this time, the help you give to your students is a synonym or an antonym in the parenthesis.

Teaching with Songs - Synonyms and Antonyms

7: Grammar Tasks:  Last but not least, grammar can be introduced using songs, you can take examples from songs, you can ask students to change sentences from active to passive voice or change sentences from present to past.

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Additional Resources

These are some additional resources that you can try with your students. These tools will help complement the work that you do in the classroom.

MusixMatch: If you think that students are really interested in using songs to learn English, recommend one of the best apps that an English language learner should have.

Lyrics Training is an easy and fun way to learn and improve your foreign languages skills, through the music videos and the lyrics of your favorite songs.

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