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songs

belcia

Brazil

I'm Izabel, an English teacher in Brazil and I'd like to have some ideas to work with songs in a class of beginners. I've already had some substitution exercises, to complete as they listen to the song but I'd like to have something different.  Thanks 

04:09 PM Jul 22 2009 |

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judithjudith

China

oh ,is my taste.thank you

02:01 AM Jul 23 2009 |

MichaelK

United States

I have not used this in my own classroom, but I found a resource on the Internet for English music lessons. 

http://www.musicalenglishlessons.com/

Besides doing fill in the blank exercise, the students should also try to sing! It's a fun way to get them open the mouth. You can have each students sing just one part of the song. It's like a singing relay!Smile

09:52 AM Jul 24 2009 |

nad1a

nad1a

Greece

 @ "You can have each students sing just one part of the song. "

I've tried this with both kids and adults. It's absolute fun and it turns into karaoke. You can have them take turns, each student singing a different line or you can be the one pointing randomly at a different student to continue somewhere in the middle of a line or something like that. Students love it.

02:45 PM Jul 25 2009 |

nad1a

nad1a

Greece

Oh, another thing I do is

a/ print out the song and cut it into slips of paper, so that each slip would have a part of the song. Then you mix those up and ask them to put the pieces of the song together.

b/ I use a hat, a bowl or just spread them face down on my desk and ask everyone to pull out a slip, then each would sing the part he pulled out of the bowl/hat etc

10:53 PM Jul 25 2009 |

MichaelK

United States

Great ideas Nad1a!

01:29 PM Aug 03 2009 |

sammy33

United States

I like to use songs that have themes I can use to build a whole lesson. For example, you can use Janis Joplin's "Mercedes Benz" song to talk about materialism in American culture. My students also like reggae a lot. It is interesting to talk about the history of reggae music.

01:30 PM Aug 03 2009 |

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United States

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11:04 PM Jan 17 2010 |