Songs and other activities for regular and volunteer teachers of English

On this homepage you can get ideas on how to add more variation to your lessons. If you only want to use one thing here, try the first few songs.
The material covers three different areas: pedagogical songs, TPR (Total Physical Response) and working with pictures.

1. Songs (with lyrics to learn grammar and/or vocabulary)

The songs here are not just songs. They all contain useful grammar and/or vocabulary and therefore they should be sung not once or twice but many times over longer periods of time.
Before you leave home, check out what kind of resources they have at your school. If you have access to big screens in your classrooms you can download a pdf file with all the lyrics to your laptop. If not, you can print the songs on A3 paper and glue them on pieces of cardboard (one song on the front and one on the back). But remember, this is a lot easier to do at home before you go instead of getting material and doing it in your new country. Once the songs are glued on cardboard they will keep and can be used for a long time, long after you are back home!

PDF file: Lyrics to songs in A4 to be printed in A3 and used as posters.
FILM: Watch a film with a couple of songs
The comments in this pdf file will help you to create talking exercises based on the lyrics in the songs.
PDF file: The lyrics to all the English songs with comments for teachers.

Sound files to songs
Some of the songs you can sing yourself with the class but if you want to play the sound files you do that from your mobile if you bring along a small bluetooth speaker.
(If you use Chrome you can download the songs.)

01 Do you want to sing a song?
02 I am, you are, he is
03 Where are you?
04 Did you see her?
05 The alphabet

Here you find pdf files with all the lyrics for use on a big screen from a laptop.
PDF: Lyrics for a big screen
PDF: Lyrics for a big screen with Spanish translation

Here you have karaoke films with some of the songs.
Do you want to sing a song?
Where are you?
I am, you are, he is
The Alphabet
Did you see her?

Rhythmic reciting is not singing but it also helps memorizing. Here are a few examples of that.
Work with daily activities
FILM: How you can use rhythm to learn daily activities
You can print and use this poster when you work with this. Seeing pictures of the activities will help the students to memorize them.
PDF: Poster to print in A3 black and white (2 pages, front and back)

Working with irregular verbs
All students/classes work a lot with irregular verbs in order to become fluent English speaker. Lots of variations make learning both easier and more fun. Above you have already seen a couple of songs with irregular verbs that you can use. Rhythm is also a good tool for this.

FILM: How to work with rhythm with irregular verbs
PDF: Some suggestions on how to work with rhythm and irregular verbs.

Sing when you choral read
The brain stores more and in different places if you use not only speech but melodies and rhythm when you learn something. Here is film that exemplifies how you can sing when you choral read with your classes.
FILM: How to sing and choral read at the same time.

2. An introduction to the use of TPR

PDF: TPR, an introduction and commands
FILM: Watch a film about different ways of using TPR

3. Ideas about working with pictures and numbers

Pictures are good for learning languages and here you can download and print a lot of pictures and some posters. You will also find a lot of ideas and instructions about how to use them.
PDF: How to arrange the pictures used as posters
PDF: The posters in A4 to be printed in A3 (black and white, 12 pages)
PDF: A poster in A4 to be printed in A3 (in colour, 2 pages)
This PDF contains a lot of teacher’s instructions on how to work with the posters and other things to get the students talking.
PDF: Some teacher’s instructions
FILM: A film with examples of how to work with pictures and numbers
PDF: Suggestions on how to work with pictures
PDF: Suggestions on how to work with numbers

Small pictures to download and glue on cardboard:
PDF: Pictures for practicing colours
PDF: Pictures with activities

Click here if you want to download the films.

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