Benefits of using songs and music in TESOL classes
作者：TESOL in China来源：TESOL
Although all parts of a TESOL English teaching course are important, the participation stage may be the most important. The participation stage is the starting point of this lesson. In this stage, you need to divert students' attention from other things in the day and let them focus on learning English. Choosing activities that attract students' attention can be a challenge because it needs to be completed in a few minutes. Various studies have shown that music is an activity that uses many parts of the brain at the same time, so it is a great activity to "start" the brain, which can make students focus more quickly.
Why are music activities good for language learners
Music can be beneficial to TESOL classroom environment in many ways. Students can catch their attention and relax at the same time. Learning a language combined with music helps students reach their most comprehensive cognitive level in a very short time. Therefore, their brain "warms up" for the rest of a class.
Regardless of students' age, a variety of music activities can be carried out in TESOL teaching classroom. The simplest way is to simply play a song, give the students the lyrics and let them sing along. This can be a very effective integrated activity. Generally speaking, most TESOL teachers use pop music to attract more listeners.
Music that makes things more challenging
Other types of music can be used for more interesting and challenging activities, which presents an interesting challenge for students because they must focus more on the message the singer is trying to convey. This method can be used for students of all ages and levels, but the example of "Pierrot lunaire" is best used for more advanced students.
Musical activities using musical instruments
Since many students may not like singing, they can also use musical instruments to design group activities. I found it best to use a percussion instrument that can be played with only one pulse, or a very simple tonal instrument that can be taught and understood almost immediately. Or simply "clap your hands". Since this type of activity is rhythm based, it can be used to help learn the pronunciation of syllables, as well as the rhythm and wording of language. This TESOL teaching activity is particularly useful because it can be used at the level of all ages and students.
This is also what I call "wholehearted involvement", which means that it requires students to use multiple functions of their brain to obtain and maintain their full attention.
Are you ready to teach English with music?
Learning a new language can be a difficult and frustrating process, but by adding some relaxed and interesting activities, we can help students in TESOL class feel comfortable and relaxed. Music in the classroom can prove to be a useful TESOL teaching activity, which not only helps students relax, but also allows them to learn in a more effective and focused way. This is a wonderful warm-up activity, which can not only stimulate students, but also "quickly start" their brain, so that they can always immerse themselves in the process of class.
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