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ESL with Music
Teaching ESL with Music
by: Deborah Harvey
Teaching vocabulary through music
Recorded children's music, written words for
songs, pictures depicting vocabulary in song.
Collect pictures for pocket chart of the nouns/concepts that illustrate
the song you have chosen. I use picture dictionaries and scan the pictures.
This way you will have pictures of uniform size. Write the words for the
song on sentence strips. Make a half sheet song booklet for the children
that has a line or few lines from the song on each page, that can be illustrated
by the children.
The steps of the procedure can be spread out over a
week or several days. I choose a song a week that ties in with our reading
program. Show each pocket chart picture to the children and discuss,act
out, or otherwise teach the vocabulary for the song. Children can match
the words to the pictures if appropriate for your group. Play the song,
act out the words, discuss meaning. Repeat this procedure each day for
one week. On Friday, give the children the song booklet you have prepared.
Have your pocket chart available to which students may refer. Children
illustrate each page of the booklet (Teach what "illustrate" means, insist
that the picture "shows what the words say." Regroup and let children
share some of their illustrations. Sing the song once more; this time
students refer to their booklets. Children can then place their booklet
in the "revisiting" basket, or take home to share with their families,
You may want to teach your group how to look up the vocabulary in picture
Real World Usage:
Younger children could use pictures only. Have them each hold a picture
card and put themselves in correct order as the class sings the song.
Have them illustrate a few words from the song, rather than giving them
the whole song. Tie it in with your handwriting, spelling and sight word