English Language Learning and Music

Over the break I came across an interesting blog from bi-lingual booksellers Language Lizard. It’s worth exploring for ideas of how to support bilingual children in the classroom.

One article that particularly caught my eye was on using music, and particularly singing, to support langauge development.

Primary school teachers know how much children love a good sing-a-long and have used nursery rhymes and childrens songs to help teach all sorts of things from phoncs to maths to science and back again.  Unsurprisingly they work just as well for ELLs as for first langauge speakers of English.

The article describes six tips for using music in the classroom.  Have a look here and see if you could apply any of them in your classroom.


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