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How to use songs in the English language classroom

Planning for the use of songs in class

:: Carefully examine what it is you want your class to learn in the lesson.

:: Think about the language level of your class.

:: How old are your learners?

:: Are there any specific cultural issues regarding the make-up of your class?

:: What kind of access do you have to the song?


Six steps for making a song the focus of your class

:: Listen to the song.

:: Ask some questions about the title.

:: Listen to the song again, this time with lyrics.

:: Focus on a particular aspect of grammar.

:: Focus on vocabulary, idioms and expressions.

:: Round things off with some creativity.


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