Teaching ESL through Music

Why use music in the ESL classroom? Music motivates students of all ages. As Teaching Language With Music explains, music

  • Helps the flow of lessons
  • Aids in timing, patterns, and emphasis
  • Fills gaps in lessons and expands weak presentations
  • Is highly motivating and relieves the "Friday afternoon syndrome"
  • Provides painless rehearsal and reinforcement of structures, pronunciation, and vocabulary
  • Establishes rapport in mixed-level classes: students can be individually completing activities or tasks set for different levels of ability while listening to the same song

ESL Through Music
provides teachers the tools they need to foster the acquisition of English through music. Read articles supporting the use of music in the ESL classroom, teacher-created lesson plans, and other instructional materials such as books, videos, and CDs.

List of Songs
offers the lyrics of over 30 songs with links to the music and exercises for each.

Songs for Teaching: Using Music to Promote
Learning promotes the use of music to teach content across the curriculum to students of all ages.

Song Lyrics
A good selection of song lyrics plus suggestions on how they can be used in ESL classes.

Teaching Language with Music
Contains ideas on how to use songs with your classes, a bibliography of books and articles concerning music and language teaching as well as an annotated list of ESL song albums or collections, plus a list of music and song links for teachers.

Teaching English with Songs and Music
Some teaching activities to use with songs.

ESL's Café's Music
Many listening activities using songs from famous musicians, plus the lyrics.

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