English teachers and language schools often contact me to ask, very properly, if they can use my posts as teaching tools.
I always answer yes, as long as the posts are credited to me and as long as the students are shown how to access Sing Better English for themselves. I want students to be able to browse all the posts and to discover songs that are new to them. It might encourage them to sing in English too.
A student who likes hard rock might work hard to pronounce an English H through this, because they want to sing Highway to Hell right. A Pharrell Williams fan might prefer this. A Breaking Bad fan might find this post their way in to English. A punk fan might learn to love the English language through this. A fan of Caribbean music might find this or this more inspiring.
I started this blog to help people to sing in English and to think about the language, so that they can use it more effectively. I want the free tips here to reach as far as possible, so I’m happy for teachers to share them.
If you teach English or if you run a language school, you might be interested to know that I design specific lessons, using song, to help students with their English intonation and pronunciation, whatever their level and whatever their interests.
Your students can choose songs that they like – any style, from hip hop to musical theatre, and beyond. Any and every song in English can be used to focus attention on important details. Liking a song gives students a strong reason to get its English right. Everyone likes to sing along. Nobody likes to sing along wrong.
Contact me here and we can talk. And your students can learn to love English through song.
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2 thoughts on “Do you teach English?”
When, some time last century, I used to teach Key Stage 3 French to English students, I used Music, my main subject, as a teaching approach. Singing French songs and songs in French (not always the same!) naturally didn’t hold the same fear for me as for many teachers. I like to think, from the enthusiastic response I usually got, that it encouraged confidence in language use. So I entirely endorse your similar approach. And of course singing is its own reward!
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It encourages a love for the language too, doesn’t it? Words can sparkle and spark emotions when they’re woven into music. They come to life and they dance. It’s something they don’t often get a chance to do in textbooks, even the most ‘down with the kids’ textbook.