I have revisited this old post, written two years ago, with some new stuff about illustrating songs by the students. I hope you like it
Songs and music are great resources for English language classes, especially when teaching English as a second or third language.
Songs are the best way to practice the rhythm and phonics,but also by reading the lyrics you are improving in vocabulary and grammar. Some of my posts are full of different ways to exploit songs.
Every year I like to warm up the course with songs. Some of them are very appropriated for the beginning of the course. This year I wanted to exploit them by matching the sentences and the vocabulary of the lyrics with images.
In grade 5 (10 year olds) we develop a full project with the song “We’re going to be friends” by Jack Johnson (Originally from The White Stripes). It is a wonderful song to start the year because the lyrics are a full revision of school objects, rooms, feelings...
We did a review of the already known vocabulary and we introduced some new one.I prepared a filling the gaps activity just to work the song in deep.
Then, we translated, with the help of the dictionary (I use weather paper dictionaries or on line ones like Wordreference.com) some difficult word and sentences.
Finally, with the photo camera they shot all the images and uploaded in Windows Movie Maker. And we uploaded the song in mp3, too.
And this was the result. Hope you like it!
I did the same activity in grade 3 (7-8 year olds), taking advantage of a photography workshop the students made during the first quarter of the school year. The song is from a Year 3 Heinemann book Bugs called "It's School Again".
And here it is the result.
Its school again from Enric Calvet on Vimeo.
And finally, another similar activity with grade 1 students (6 year olds). The song is an old one from the textbook Bingo! 1 (Longman Publisher) called "Knock, Knock!"
The process was pretty different. They only had to imagine and do the movements of each situation and I did the photos. But the result was good enough.
Hope I bring to you some new ideas!