Great ESL Songs and How to Use Them. Songs are great to use in an ESL classroom, but what are the best ESL songs, and how can you use them in a way that is actually useful?
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If you’ve wondered where many of those YouTube videos get their background music from, you’ve come to the right place. Music with Creative Commons licenses are music compositions written, produced and shared by people who do not charge anything when you use their music for your own use, commercially or non-commercially. Basically, they make the music and keep ownership and copyright of it and you get the permission to use it for your videos, film or small multimedia productions, as long as you credit the creator properly.
The Best Music Websites For Learning English. Check out my New York Times post for English Language Learners focuses on using music for language development and includes a student interactive, video, and teaching ideas.
I use music a lot in my teaching of English Language Learners. I thought people might find it helpful to see which sites I believe to be the best out there to help teach English — Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced — through music. My students have certainly found them helpful. Music is a familiar, fun, and engaging tool to use in learning a second language. This list includes sites that have music to listen to, activities for students to do, and ways for them to create their own. This is latest of my “The Best…” series, also known as Websites Of The Year. You might also be interested in an interview I did about using music in the ESL/EFL classroom. Lastly, you might find these other “The Best…” lists useful:
Sing-along Songs. One of the most fun group participation activities for family and friends is to engage in sing-along songs.
The essence of a sing-along song is that it has a simple enough melody and memorable lyrics for everyone to easily learn. Many of these popular songs have been around for over a century and are taught to children as part of their grade school music education. "Michael Row the Boat Ashore" is a very well known sing-along song. It was a traditional folk song written in the 1860s that became a huge hit in the early 1960s by The Highwaymen. Nursery Rhymes. FREE ESL Songs. English songs for ESL kids. English songs for kids Kids love songs!
Singing traditional kids' songs can be a great and fantastic way to teach English to young learners. With the help of amusing, easy to remember songs they learn new words, expressions and pronunciation quickly, and have fun at the same time. Here you will find a small collection of the most popular English songs for kids and Christmas carols. Choose your favourite one, then listen and sing! Christmas carols » This section contains our small collection of lyrics and music clips for some of the best loved Christmas carols in the world, including Jingle Bells, Silent Night and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. English songs for children. Dream English Kids Songs, free mp3 song downloads,flashcards and lesson ideas,let's sing!
List of songs that retell a work of literature. Learn English With Songs - Online Lessons and Exercises. Learn English Through Song ESL Lessons. Lyrics for EFL / ESL learners- Learn English through lyrics and songs. Learn English Through Song - Free English Lessons by Teacher Frank.
ESL Lounge: Songs for English Teaching. Song Titles A to B. Front Page Home esl-lounge.com Premium Site Guides Levels Test Prep Other Materials Reference Also On Site.
Free online EFL / ESL Listening exercises: songs. Mondos: Song Lessons. How Subtitles In Music Videos Teach Literacy. The Boston Globe has a useful article headlined Watch and learn:How music videos are triggering a literacy boom.
It’s about the use of subtitles in music videos as a tool to teach native-language literacy, and shares some good stories and research. Many ESL/EFL teachers are very aware of the usefulness of subtitles in second-language instruction, too. Learn English With Songs - Online Lessons and Exercises. Pop Lyrics. ESL Lounge: Songs for English Teaching. Song Titles A to B. Learn Languages Online For Free Through Music Videos and Song Lyrics: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Dutch.
Best Teen Poems - Poems about Teens. Children's Jungle Song. Login. Learn Languages for Free with Music Videos, Lyrics and Karaoke! English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Dutch. Seven Songs for Teaching Past Simple. I have created a list of songs, which are perfect for teaching Past Simple tense in English.
All of the songs are relatively new and popular, so they would especially be suitable for teaching teenagers. While the primary goal would be teaching Past Simple, you can always add a few more exercises in order to work on vocabulary or grammar. Coldplay – Paradise Past Simple is often used for retelling the events that happened in the past. This song is perfect for illustrating this usage. The verbs to teach: was, expected, flew, ran, closed, etc. Passenger – The Wrong Direction Seeing “When I was a kid…” at the beginning of the song lyrics, you know there has to be some Past Simple in there.
Katy Perry – The One That Got Away Apart from teaching Past Simple, with verbs met, got, planned, had, made, said, etc. you can also teach would for talking about future from a time in the past (I would make you stay, I would be your girl). How to Use Popular Music to Teach ESL. Flocabulary - Educational Hip-Hop. Pop Lyrics. Free Online Karaoke. Karaoke Version. Interactive lyrics and subtitles to english songs. Lyrics Interactive. The Best Online Karaoke Sites For English Language Learners.
I’ve used music a lot with English Language Learners.
Singing feels much less threatening to many who are learning a new language. Karaoke is a good language-development activity, and there are quite a few karaoke sites on the Internet. I thought it would be a good topic for a short “The Best…” list. In order to make it on this list, a site has to be available free-of-charge (or at least some of its resources have to be free), easy-to-use, require no download, and allow students — either alone or in a group — to record themselves singing. A link to their performance can then be posted on a student or teacher website. There are only a few sites that meet that criteria. SMS Tunes is another similar site. Sing Snap is the newest addition to this list. KaraSongs doesn’t allow students to record themselves, but they have tons of great videos showing the lyrics to popular songs with instrumental accompaniment. Red Karaoke The Karaoke Channel Related Sing Snap Joins The Best Karaoke List In "talking"
« Tune Into English. Children Songs and Nursery Rhymes. Lyrics and Song Meanings. Song Meanings at Songfacts. Best Music to Learn English. Here are my top 5 music artists that English students should listen to. They have been chosen because they have clear pronunciation and great vocabulary (by great I mean interesting and useful- none of this street ganksta talk or old-fashioned nonsense that people just don’t say in real life). 1) George Ezra George Ezra is a singer from Hertford England. He sings folk-rock music and his album “Wanted on Voyage” was the third biggest selling album in the UK last year.
Check out his song Listen to the Man on Youtube. 2) Bruno Mars Bruno Mars is an American singer who was born in Hawaii. Check out the songs: “Just the way you are” “The Lazy Song” and “Locked out of Heaven” on youtube.