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Ludmila Eremina Moscow, 2009 Songs and chants



НазваниеLudmila Eremina Moscow, 2009 Songs and chants
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Ludmila Eremina

Moscow, 2009

Songs and chants

Music and rhythm are an essential part of language learning. Children really enjoy learning and singing songs, and older learners find working with current or well-known pop songs highly motivating.

We have all experienced songs which we just can't get out of our heads. Music and rhythm make it much easier to imitate and remember language than words which are “just spoken” – if you teach pupils a song, it somehow “sticks”.

A chant is like a song without music, or a poem with a very marked rhythm. There are many different songs and chants, from traditional ones to specially written material for children. Traditional songs and chants often contain obscure or out-of-date language which may outweigh their usefulness, but they do have the advantage of being part of English-speaking culture.

Some songs are good for singing, others for doing actions to the music, and the best ones are good for both. You can use songs and chants to teach pupils the sounds and rhythm of English, to reinforce structures and vocabulary, or as Total Physical Response activities – but above all to have fun.

You can use a song or chant at any stage in a lesson: for example, at the beginning to mark the change from the previous subject to English; in the middle of a lesson as a break from another, more concentrated activity; or at the end, to round a lesson off. Songs and chants can also help to create a sense of group identity.

Pop songs are usually best used in listening activities. You need to select the song you use with care. Is the language too difficult? Can you hear the words? Is the subject – matter suitable? Older learners enjoy working with popular songs so much that they are willing to tackle difficult language, and will often sing along when the song is played.

For Example. Chorus: Here we go round the mulberry bush

The mulberry bush. Ч2

Here we go round the mulberry bush.

Oh a cold and frosty morning.

Verse 1: This is the way we* clean our teeth

Clean our teeth. Ч2

This is the way we* clean our teeth

Oh a cold and frosty morning.

Repeat chorus

In other verses, substitute “wash our face”, “brush our hair”, “put on our clothes”, and so on.

Actions: In the chorus the pupils stand in a big circle holding hands and skip round in time to the music. In the verses they mime the actions.

You can also use songs as background music while the children are working quietly on another task – it is surprising how much they absorb unconsciously.







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