9 Dynamic Activities for Song in the EFL Classroom
Many teachers like to use music and song in the language classroom. Good motivational tools, they are fun, relaxing and provide a class with variety and a break from textbook study. However, when it comes to designing a listening activity for a song teachers tend to rely upon the ‘gap fill’; by far the most frequently employed song-related listening task. This article presents a collection of simple, effective techniques that can be easily applied to a range of songs. All techniques employed incorporate active learning elements such as movement, prediction, student-student interaction and competitive games – providing teachers with a bank of useful and engaging classroom activities. The activities are suitable for learners from young teens to adults, ranging from low intermediate to advanced levels.