List of Good Songs to use for Learning English

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List of Good Songs to use for Learning English

Post by benfairs » Tue Sep 05, 2006 9:21 pm

I am looking for a list of songs that could be used for learning english.

Here are 3 below...what others would be good?



Hello, Goodbye - Beatles
The Logic Song - Supertramp
Save a Prayer - Duran Duran

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Post by DutchECK » Wed Sep 13, 2006 8:50 am

I think you could use hundreds of songs - it all depends on what you want to accomplish. CLOZE-exercises can be done with almost any song. There are also a couple of songs which can be used for grammatical instruction of for learning vocab.

I wouldn't mind a list though :)

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Post by loretta1984 » Wed Sep 13, 2006 11:45 am

I am teaching English in Shanghai and when I ask my students which English songs they think would be good to use in class they come up with lots of beatles - yesterday, hey Jude and so on. A lot also like Bon Jovi It's my life and Bryan Adams. I think anything where they are able to listen carefully to the lyrics will be useful

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Post by Brian » Wed Sep 13, 2006 5:50 pm

I've successfully used:

Only You - the flying pickets (beginner/elementary)
Angels - Robbie Williams (pre-intermediate +)
Downtown - Petual Clarke (elementary +)
Yesterday - The Beatles (beginner)
Skater Boy - Avril Lavigne (intermediate +)
Soak Up The Sun - Sheryll Crow (pre-intermediate)
Season in the Sun - Mamas and Pappas / Westlife (pre-intermediate +)
Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head - Burt Bacarach? (beginner/elementary)

Tom's Diner by Suzanne Vega is particularly good for present con (elementary)

There are loads more. It's not so much the song that's important. It's what you want to teach. The only important thing is that the words are sung in a clear voice and not too fast for the level you're teaching.

I think I have 10 or so different ideas for exploiting a song ... so I usually choose a song first and then think how to use it.


Free grammar comics ...

Oh! "I still haven't found what I'm looking for" by U2 is particularly good if you're teaching present perfect.

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