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Learn English with songs

Have you ever sung in the classroom? What song did you sing? How was it like? Whether you’re a student or a teacher, I would love to read your thoughts on this topic.
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I strongly believe that people can learn English with songs, and I would also like to convince all my students that, in order to effectively learn English with music, they actually have to join their lead singer, aka their respectable teacher, i.e. me, by doing their own vocals. However, when I open my mouth to sing, I lose all credibility.

Getting students to sing

It took me many years of musical training in my car to realize just how bad my singing voice is, but I couldn’t care less. As it turns out, I usually get my students to sing along and most of them sing as poorly as I do! I’m not really sure what convinces them to sing along. Threatening them with the possibility of making them join me in front of the class for a duet or even a solo if I catch them lip-synching may have something to do with it, some might say. However, I do suspect that they feel sorry for me and for the damage that my off-key singing might do to the songs they once loved. Maybe that’s the real reason they join me on my quest for the right notes.

Apparently, there are some fascinating things going on in our brain when we sing, regardless of how terrible our voice is, so take this post as a dare. I dare you to test your singing ability with some of the songs I have tried to sabotage with my defiantly bad voice.

Your turn

Have you ever sung in the classroom? What song did you sing? How was it like? Whether you are a student or a teacher, I would love to read your thoughts on this topic in the comment section. One other thing, if learning or teaching English is one of your goals, you should take a look at two other blog posts on the topics ‘10 tips to learn English with books‘, ‘The importance of taking an English Level Test‘ and ‘English for work‘. By the way, did you know you can take a FREE English Level Test at up2dateSKILLS.com? Give it a try!

Joana's classroom playlist

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If you’re a teacher looking for a song to use in class, check the song section on my TpT store. You’ll find some printable resources there for some of the songs on my playlist.

Imagine by John Lennon

Topics for the classroom:

  • The Beatles
  • World peace
  • Available resources:

    The alphabet song for rockers by Jonathan Taylor Brittunculi

    Topics for the classroom:

    • The alphabet

    Available resources:

    Moonshadow by Cat Stevens

    Topics for the classroom:

    • The human body

    Available resources:

    Imagine by John Lennon

    Topics for the classroom:

    • Synonyms and antonyms

    Available resources:

    Sailing by Rod Stewart

    Topics for the classroom:

    • Present continuous

    Available resources:

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