Using songs in the classroom is not only fun but students can learn a lot of new vocabulary such as idioms, verbs, nouns, and even slang by listening to their favorite music. It’s very simple for us teachers to create a short exercise and choose a song that you think is appropriate for the class you are teaching.
It’s important, to start with a Pre-listening activity. By doing so students can get in the mood for the activity and predict what they will do. For example, eliciting vocabulary that they think will be used in the song, eliciting information about what the song will be about or simply explaining some of the vocabulary that will be used.
Then, here comes the fun part, students get to listen to the song and do an activity while doing so like a fill in the blanks exercise (Sleeping_In_exercise ) It’s very simple to create a fill in the blanks exercise, it will take you five minutes. Finally, the activity needs a wrap up exercise where students can practice the vocabulary learned in the song and they get to sing together. I recently used the song “Sleeping in” from the Band “The postal Service”. The lyrics are reflexive and the song is not too long. It could be used for an intermediate class.
Another good idea would be to have the students create an exercise with a song they like, and bring it to class for their classmates. They get to be the “teachers”. Their assignment is to bring the song, create an exercise and explain the new words. I tried this activity with high school students and they were really excited about it.
There are many activities that could be used with songs. I recommend you to use your imagination and make up new activities. Go for it.