Teaching English Through Songs: 7 Creative to do it

Manuel Campos


Learning how to Teach English Through Songs can make a great contribution because music connects 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.

Teach English with Songs: Fill in the Blanks

One of the ways to teach English with songs is to delete 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

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)

Teach English with Songs: Word Classification

For this activity, you have to find a song that 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

Teach English with Songs: 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

Teach English with Songs: 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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Teach English with Songs: 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

Teach English with Songs: Grammar Tasks

Last but not least, grammar can be introduced using songs, you can take examples from songs, and 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 language skills, through music videos and the lyrics of your favorite songs.

Other Posts about Teaching Listening

I hope that these ideas to teach English through songs help you make the most out of your listening lessons.

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About manuel Campos

I am Jose Manuel, English professor and creator of EnglishPost.org, a blog whose mission is to share lessons for those who want to learn and improve their English

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