Working with kids you must use a wide range of songs. They can be
used with specific teaching points in mind or just for fun to motivate
children. I use some songs naturally to teach or reinforce grammar
points. They may be integrated into lessons with a particular grammar
focus and provide much-needed variety, while contributing to the
overall aim of a lesson. Particularly at lower levels when students or
children are still learning basic key grammar patterns, songs can play
a role as input.
On Learn English Kids there are several songs
which can be used in this way. For example the song 'I've got a Robot'
is useful to practice the structure 'can/can't' as well as providing
reinforcement of the vocabulary of parts of the body. You may download
the accompanying worksheet which contains a basic listening activity on
'can/can't' which could be used as the basis of further oral practice.
a slightly higher level the song 'Over the Mountains' provides practice
of the present continuous in the context of traveling. The chorus
refrains e.g. 'I'm driving in a car' are repeated several times and
children can produce their own sentences afterwards using the activity
Longer songs with a wider variety of structures and
vocabulary are more suitable for the development of listening skills
generally. Some of the songs on the website which are longer and more
difficult are useful to develop general listening skills.
of the songs are suitable for singing in class or for an individual
child to sing along to. Community singing in class brings the benefit
of total participation from all students, especially if accompanied by
actions or mimes. The total physical response approach is particularly
suited to younger learners. Children really enjoy singing along and it
can really improve motivation. Singing can also improve the
pronunciation and intonation patterns of the students, especially