Re: "Joy to the World" - Music as a Medium for EFL Instruction
- I use songs as a way of filling in time when you finish say ten
minutes early. No matter how well you plan things it is inevitable
that this will happen. The old show business maxim of "finishing
with a song" to "send them home happy" also applies to the more
serious profession of language teaching. I have also been using
songs in my first classes with the new students.
I illustrate some of the lyrics on the board using coloured chalk.
The huge hit "Take Me to Your Heart" is great for this as you can
illustrate "Hiding from the rain and snow" and "Looking at the moon
in a clear blue sky" easily. The problem is that the students just
want you to sing the song. The solution is to leave it on the
blackboard so that the students can look at it before the next
teacher arrives or when they come back from their lunch break.
I'm not sure of the educational value of songs in the classroom but
knowing the meaning of a popular song can only enhance credibility
with students studying other subjects. Hopefully it helps maintain
interest them enjoy the subject and looking back on your own college
years I'm sure you will agree with me in saying this is difficult.
The problem is that if you are good you may be asked to perform in
one of their showpiece concerts something that will be difficult to
turn down !
- The "Spiderman" English lesson may be too dated now. I suspect the song
may have been cool because the movie was cool but by our students'
standards "Spiderman" is an old movie already. I was just using it as an
example of selection and approach to teaching.
Ask your students what they like today and then find the lyrics of what
they like. The things they like today are probably being played on the
radio constantly so the radio will assist you in helping the students to
review the words.
In fact, it might be worthwhile for teachers to make all of their
students familiar with the English words to all of the currently popular
songs as a way of producing a constantly reviewed vocabulary effect.
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