Hello Everyone! Happy Valentine’s Day!
I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with your loved ones. Talking about love, one of the things I love besides teaching is music. I use music in my ESL classes, either as a background when students are working or as a resource to teach a particular language feature; and why not just for my students to have fun. When I teach very young learners, I love to use songs that are related to the lesson I am teaching, which are short, have a catchy rhythm and easy lyrics. I use them as a warm up or as a closing activity. The songs I use with my olders learners, besides being used as a warm up or wrap up activity, will be use to teach specific grammar structure, vocabulary and I will try to incorporate the four language skills in the activity. I also give my students the opportunity to select a song they would like to learn in English, just a a song they like from the radio. I just make sure that the song lyrics are appropriate for my students.
This week, I would like to share an article on How to Use Popular Music to Teach ESL from busyteacher.org.
Hope you find the ideas useful!