You can get some useful tips for using songs in the young learners classroom with the web of Super simple learning. You have to register in their resource center and they will send to your e-mail a weekly tip with some information you can use to develop and improve your english classroom.
Here you are the first one, you can read and see if you are interested.
In the Classroom
Welcome to the Super Simple Learning e-course, “Teaching Young Learners With Songs.” Every week for the next month, we will send you two email lessons filled with our favorite tools and tips for using music with young learners, including some of our most effective classroom techniques.
We’ll cover topics such as how to introduce a song, manage a classroom, focus on target language, use songs at home—and much more. We’ll also give you links to some of the latest research that supports the effectiveness of music as a teaching tool.
Whether you are a teacher, a caregiver, or a parent, we hope that you will find something in this course that will be helpful to you and the kids in your life. So, come on! Let’s get started.
The Power of Music
Let’s take a moment to remember just how powerful songs can be. Take a deep breath, close your eyes, and think of a song that is special to you. Maybe it’s a song that your grandmother or mother used to sing to you at night, or the song that was played at your wedding. Maybe it’s a song that always makes you smile, or that you listen to when you are having a hard time.
As you think about this song, just let the memories come up. How does it make you feel? Maybe you want to start humming it, or even singing it. Even if it’s a song that you haven’t heard in years, you can probably remember every note as the words come rushing back to you. Just thinking about the song brings up thoughts and memories that are still as strong today as they were the last time you heard it.
This is the power of music. Music takes us places. In our minds and in our hearts, music touches us in ways that no other medium can. That’s just one of the reasons that it is such a powerful teaching tool.
Throughout this course, we’ll discuss ways to use music to teach young learners. But before we get into how, let’s talk for a moment about why. Why is music so great for learning? Here are just a few of the reasons why we love teaching with music:
- Songs are memorable. Kids remember them long after they leave the classroom.
- Songs are a great equalizer. Everyone can participate in one way or another. This makes them great for mixed-level classes.
- Songs improve pronunciation and intonation.
- Songs introduce vocabulary and grammar without learners even realizing it.
- Songs are engaging. They grab kids’ attention.
- Songs can be used many times. They provide valuable repeated exposure to the language.
- Songs let all learners participate in a way that’s comfortable for them. Some kids will just listen, others will listen and gesture, and some will sing along. All of the children will benefit.
- Songs are flexible. They can be used as a primary or supplementary activity, or they can just be played in the background.
- Songs allow children to get involved. They can use their bodies to learn through gesture and dance.
- Songs are easy to combine with other activities.
- Songs are fun and positive. They create a great atmosphere for learning.
- Kids love to sing!
But don’t just take our word for it. Many experts agree that music is linked to memory, can increase success when learning another language, can help with parenting, and more. If you are interested in reading more about these topics, here are a few articles you might enjoy:
- Study Validates Long-Held Belief that Singing Can Help People Learn a Foreign Language
- Beyond Twinkle Twinkle — Using Music with Infants and Toddlers
- Why Singing Is So Important For Your Young Child and You
- Does Music Help us Learn Language?
- Music and Movement – Instrumental in Language Development
- Music and Early Language Acquisition
- Music and Parenting
As you can see, there are a whole lot of people who believe that teaching with music is effective for a variety of reasons.
Music can make at-home activities more fun and engaging, too! Whether you want to establish routines, interact with your child, or develop speaking and listening skills together, songs can help you out. At the end of each lesson, we will give ideas and suggestions for activities that you can do at home with your children.
We’re super excited that you’ve decided to join us for this e-course, and we look forward to sharing our experiences as teachers with you over the coming weeks. Our hope is that you will finish this course with not only a better understanding of why music is so powerful in the classroom but also the tools to make it a part of your classroom.
Other tips have deal with how to introduce a song, transitions and classroom management, teaching language, wrap up and more resources.
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