ESL Songs for Children Learning English
For beginners: with games and actions for every song!
Teaching ESL Songs
You can't expect young children to learn English without a lot of repetition. I can help you make this repetition fun. Songs are absolutely ideal for language learning as children love them and will want to hear them over and over again - perfect for vocabulary acquistion and language learning.
You may have noticed that if you expect your child or pupils to sit still and listen to you while you show them flashcards, you will not have their attention for long! Successful ESL teaching is all about variety, movement and using resources that appeal to young children. Young children love games, they love stories and they love songs.
That's why I created these particular songs, as they go hand in hand with the first ten preschool stories, and this was really a missing element in the toolbox. However let me add right now that you can use these songs alone, without the stories too - more on that at the bottom of this page.
Too many words for ESL - the song should repeat the same words all the time, and these ones do!
One problem with English songs is that very often there is far too much vocabulary and language for ESL learners - after all they were conceived for native speakers.
If you want to get your pupils to the point that they can actually sing along to these songs then you need simple ones, not too many words, and it's even better if the words match up with what you are already teaching in class.
Using games, stories, drama and songs you are now equipped to tackle any topic with the variety that young children need. Otherwise they have a tendency to be bored in two minutes flat. Let's hear about Tatiana's success with my songs:
"I just wanted to say that my son adores The ants are marching down the path song. We often hear your CD in the car and M. likes to follow the sequence of the ants falling asleep. Sometimes I have to leave him in the car for a while until the song is finished. I love your song and lessons too because they are very repetitive and the vocabulary gradually increases. You play with the same terms and each time add some more. I really like your teaching style!" Tatiana Costache. Russia.
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Teaching English Songs Review
So now for a quick review of the songs themselves - then you may want to listen to the extracts further down...
Simple and repetitive, written especially for young ESL / EFL learners.
The vocabulary and language in the songs matches stories 1 to 10 - Use to sing, move to and act out the stories.
Suitable for teaching individuals, small groups and classrooms.
Downloadable activity sheet included for each song. Sing along, dance, do special actions and play suggested games to use during the song.
Activity sheets include ways to act out each song - for individuals and small groups.
With English learners you want to get to the point where the children can sing along, not just listen, and you can do that with these songs.
Enjoy the groovy animal noises and sound effects!
32 Tracks! 16 full songs and 16 backing tracks that you can sing along to. Put different vocabulary to the same melodies.
The backing tracks can also be used for shows to parents where the children do all the singing, with no help.
Musical development in the songs - it's not "tin-can" looping because instrumentation varies as the song moves along making for more satisfiying listening and appreciation, and keeping the song interesting for a long time.
Varied musical styles - give the children a musical education as well as teaching English.
Most songs are originals with some classics with words adapted for ESL and fresh arrangements.
The songs are written to go hand in hand with the two sets of preschool stories. However they work on their own too.
Songs and Language
ESL Song 1 How Are You? Listen to mp3
Vocabulary and language: Here comes an ant, a spider, a bird, a cat, a fox, a lion. How are you? (Goes with "I'm Hungry" story one).
ESL Song 2 Funky Monkey Listen to mp3
Vocabulary and language:Monkies, ponies, cats, lions go like this and they go like that. Funky! (Bridge from story one to "Anna at the Zoo" story two).
ESL Song 3 Anna At The Zoo Listen to mp3
Vocabulary and language: Anna and her daddy are at the zoo and Anna sees, one snake, two ponies, three elephants, four giraffes, five bears, six ducks, seven lions, eight monkeys, nine birds, ten fish. (Goes with story two).
ESL Song 4 Colours Listen to mp3
Vocabulary and langauge: Red and yellow, green and blue, what colour are you? Orange and purple, pink and brown. ("Archie and His Pony" story 3).
ESL Song 5 On The Path Listen to mp3
Vocabulary and language: Who is on the path / In the bush / In the pond / In the grass / On my head? It's me the spider, the monkey, the snake, the lion, the bird. Oh hello! (Second song for "Hide and Seek" story 4).
ESL Song 6 Where Are You Listen to mp3
Vocabulary and language: Where are you little bird? On the path, in the bush, in the pond, in the grass, on the flower, on my head. Oh no it's the spider, monkey, snake, lion, fly. Oh there you are! ("Hide and Seek" story 4).
ESL Song 7 The Marching Ants Listen to mp3
Vocabulary and language: The ants are marching down the path. The purple ant falls asleep. Goes through ten colours. Revision song for colours. New words are marching and falls asleep. ("Marching Ants" story 5).
ESL Song 8 Catch The Ball Listen to mp3
Vocabulary and language: Catch the ball, run and catch the ball, on the path, in the grass, in the bush, in the pond, in the lady's garden, good girl (Story 6, "Volka and the Pink Ball").
ESL Song 9 Six Ducks Swimming Listen to mp3
Vocabulary and language: Six ducks swimming, swimming in the pond, and if one duck stops swimming in the pond, there'll be five ducks swimming... (Story 7, "Volka and the Ducks").
ESL Song 10 The Ducks In The Pond Listen to mp3
Vocabulary and language: The ducks in the pond go quack quack quack while they swim around. Volka in the pond goes woof woof woof. (Second song for story 7).
ESL Song 11 Bear and Teddy Bear Listen to mp3
Vocabulary and language: Let me read you a story, sing you a song, play you some music, give you your teddy bear, give you a kiss goodnight, you'll be asleep before long. (Story 8).
ESL Song 12 Teddy Go To Sleep Listen to mp3
Vocabulary and language: Teddy go to sleep, read a story, sing a song, play some music, drink some milk, kiss goodnight (Second song for story 8).
ESL Song 13 Apples Bananas Oranges Listen to mp3
Vocabulary and language: Apples, bananas, oranges, get ready to touch something...red, blue, green, yellow, pink, black, brown, a friend (Story 9 "Hetty and the Lion and revises colours).
Use the backing version for any vocabulary!
ESL Song 14 Hetty and the Lion Listen to mp3
Vocabulary and language: Lion, would you like some apples? pears, oranges, milk, bananas. Oh yes Hetty, I would. I'd like the ice cream.
ESL Song 15 Gerard The Giraffe Listen to mp3
Vocabulary and language: Hello Gerard, how are you. I am hungry. I'm still hungry. Eat some ice cream, oranges, drink some milk, grass. I'm fine thanks. (Story 10 "Gerard the Giraffe").
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ESL Song 16 Calypso Jump! Listen to mp3
Vocabulary and language: Jumping like a pony, swimming like a duck, running like a giraffe, eating like a lion, hiding like a spider, jumping a monkey. Oh yes we can jump, swim, run, eat, hide. (General revision song - animals and action verbs).
P.S. Listening to the music, hearing the words, singing the words, doing the actions, playing games to the music, acting out the stories in the songs - these are all things children love doing and they are the best ways for them to learn English, remember it, and love doing so. Plus they will bond with each other and the teacher while having fun and learning.
You can be sure to have more fun in class with these songs.
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Included for 16 euros, 12.50 UK pounds or 23 US Dollars:
16 songs (9 are original, 6 are familiar tunes with new words and arrangements).
16 backing tracks for those songs.
Activity sheet for each song with actions, games and how to act it out.
16 Animal Masks! Provided in black and white for the children to colour and also already coloured. Print off as often as you like.
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Thank you very much for the disc. It's incredible. Kids just love the music and games. Thank you. Oxana Alekseeva, Russian Federation
My deepest compliments for the colours song, it has great unconscious impact. Kids start to sing it spontaneously without any previous preparation. Gianluca Perseo, Berlin.