Teach English in SunzhuAng Zhen - Nantong Shi

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no one denies how songs can be such an important tool in teaching.All of us love music and rythm and each one of us has his/her favourite song.we sing or we listen to songs when we are happy or sad. So this magic way can be very effective in ESL lessons. Using songs have many advantages on both the teachers and students . To start with,The teacher can use songs as warmer to engage the pupils and catch their attention. He/she can use them also during any step of the lesson. songs contain lyrics that are easy to learn and understand and they provide vocabulary, grammar and cultural aspects and are fun for the students,that is the basic of a successful lesson. Furthermore,They can provide valuable speaking, listening and language practice in and out of the classroom.songs can be very beneficial for students since they enlarge their knowledge and vocabulary. Besides, there are so many songs with certain themes and vocabulary which can help both teacher and pupils. add to that ,Songs have been used as vehicles of protest for civil rights, workers’ rights, even prisoners’ rights along with an untold number of other causes. They’ve raised many calls cancerning pollution, crime, war and almost every social theme or cause.Another important factor making a song valuable for an English lesson is that it may create really favourable conditions for learning. Although, songs have many good aspects, there are some less positive concerns about music and songs teachers should regard in the language classroom . first of all, playing loudly the songs can disturb neighbouring classes. Besides, the use of songs can cause the problem of classroom discipline and that will be another problem to deal with. Not to forget to mention that some students may have different musical taste as their teacher and the lesson turns from an interesting lesson to a boring one according to them. Moreover, some students may find that learning through music can be challenging to them for example when the pace is too fast or the song contains difficult words. So it is the job of the teacher to make some criteria when choosing the song with taking into consideration his/her students’ level, enthusiasm , age… Actually, there is no strict rule the teacher should follow when choosing the song used during the lesson but there are some points that he /she should take into consideration such as age, students’ choice and the appropriate classroom Firstly, the teachers should take into account the students’ age. Young learners may not be able to understand certain vocabulary or may not appreciate the choice of certain songs which seem to them boring and old. So in order to avoid such obstacles, the teacher can ask the pupils to bring their own songs which are suitable to the lesson. Second, some students especially when we talk about adults can disapprove of the idea of songs. So the teacher must always discuss his lesson methods and techniques with the class first to avoid such confrontations. Finally, playing music loudly as mentioned above can disturb other classes so the choice of the appropriate classroom is very important to make the lesson succeed. As a conclusion, nowadays music plays an important role in building a successful lesson. Each teacher resorts to songs to enrich his/her lesson and to make it more interesting and to attract the pupils’ attention and make them love and accept the new language.