Using Songs in the ESL classroom

by on 01/04/11 at 12:20 pm

Here are some ideas on how to make cool ESL song worksheets for students who are learning English:

- gap-filling while you listen to the song;

- completing with parts of the song before listening to the song;

- use word transformation to complete the song;

- scramble letters and have students guess the words;

- make mistakes, grammar or spelling and have students correct them;

- complete with synonyms or antonyms of the words, before listening to the song, just then listen to the song and check;

- have students choose the correct answer: A, B, C or D;

- replace words with images and have students say the word;

- replace words with phonemic scripts and students have to guess. Go to


Great ideas on how to use songs in the ESL classroom or tips on ways to explore songs in the teaching of English. Go to:

Great sites with ESL song activities is free website, which has been created especially for you by Bibi Baxter (International Author, Teacher & ESL/EFL Materials Specialist). Song worksheets by these artists:

Elvis Prestley, Bon Jovi, Beyonce, Beattles, Avril LavignePink FloydShakiraMadonnaMaroon 5, Cold Play, Black Eyed Peas

Isabel Perez – Teaching with songs songs with related activities to practise vocabulary, grammar, sounds, etc. Most of them are “popular” among students and some others are old songs, but nice and useful.

Smile by Charlie Chaplin

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

A list of pop songs which can be used in class to teach Simple Present, Present Continuous, Past Simple and Present Perfect.

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