Learning English through songs is possible when you are prepared to supplement the songs with other materials, such as grammar study books, a dictionary and a textbook. Songs are effective for memorizing new words, phrases and sentence structures. However, songs do not explain the word order or why a certain word has been used instead of another word. Still, music and songs are effective in spontaneous language acquisition, without much effort on the part of the learner.
Find the lyrics of your favorite English songs. You can search a song by its name or artist. Alternatively, find children's songs, as they typically have a simpler vocabulary.
Translate one song at a time, word by word. Use an online or paper dictionary to find the words' definitions. If you find an unfamiliar grammar structure, use a grammar book to find the grammar rule that explains it.
Listen to the song. Try to learn the lyrics and sing the tune together with the artist. If you have a karaoke system, sing the song without the artist.
Come up with your own sentences that use the grammar structures and new words you have learned from the song. Also, revise the lyrics of the songs you have learned in the past.
Tips & Warnings
- Learn a series of songs that are in the same category, such as love and romance, loneliness, friendship or songs about America. This way, you will be able to master the vocabulary of a certain context.
- Photo Credit John Howard/Lifesize/Getty Images
How to Use Song Lyrics in the Classroom to Teach Critical Interpretation or Reading
There are some key factors in teaching critical interpretation or reading skills, and song lyrics are a good way for teachers to...
How to Teach English to Kids Using Songs
How to Teach English to Kids Using Songs. Part of the series: Early Education Teaching Tips. Teaching English to kids using songs...
How to Teach English by Songs
Using music in the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom is not only an educational tool, it's a way to make...