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ERIC Number: EJ1147117
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
Get up and Sing! Get up and Move! Using Songs and Movement with Young Learners of English
Shin, Joan Kang
English Teaching Forum, v55 n2 p14-25 2017
Teachers of young learners (YLs) often use songs and movement to engage children in the classroom. However, are there missed opportunities for language learning and practice that can be added to what they are already doing in their English for young learner (EYL) classes? A deeper understanding of the importance of music in children's lives and their learning process will help EYL teachers use songs and movement more effectively. This article focuses on how music and movement can work naturally together to create an exciting and effective EYL classroom. It details why teachers should use music and movement to teach YLs by explaining the benefits for child development, language learning, and cultural awareness. To connect theory to the classroom, the article gives practical suggestions to help teachers improve their use of songs and movement in the EYL classroom. These suggestions can be applied to all English as a second and foreign language (ESL/EFL) classrooms for YLs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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