Children enjoy singing and learning new songs. Our Harrisburg Academy students are no exception, and love learning and singing songs in Spanish. By listening and singing songs in the target language, students improve their listening skills as well as their pronunciation. It also allows me to teach vocabulary and grammar in an entertaining and relaxing way which helps students retain what they learn.
Songs are linked to emotions, and I have noticed that when I teach a song, students are more motivated; they are not worried about making mistakes, and they want to enjoy the moment, learn, and sing the song. Usually, the lyrics to a song stick to the memory easily, and when students sing, they are also practicing the intonation and pronunciation.
Using songs in the classroom is a great way to get children excited and engaged in the target language. I usually choose songs that fit easily into a thematic unit. In Lower School, I write down the lyrics on the board prior to introducing the songs. We go over the words that are familiar, and I underline and emphasize the new vocabulary, so the children can make connections.
Songs can be used as an introduction to a topic, a warm up activity, and to review vocabulary and grammar (for older grades).
What are the advantages of integrating songs in a world language classroom?
- While listening to songs, learners develop their listening comprehension skills.
- While reading the lyrics, learners develop their reading comprehension skills.
- While singing songs, learners develop their pronunciation skills.
- By singing songs, learners acquire foreign language patterns and develop their vocabulary.
Songs are effective at all ages and grade levels, from Early Childhood to Upper School and beyond. So, who is ready to sing some songs in Spanish?
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