martes, 30 de noviembre de 2010

St. Andrew

November, 30th
St. Andrew -
Patron Saint of Scotland

Let me pay homage to that wonderful land, sharing with you some Scottish music.
(Don't worry about the Scottish accent... It is just instrumental music. No lyrics !!)

            I hope you like it.

No awa' tae bide awa'

Scotland , ...
A Place Worthwhile visiting

domingo, 28 de noviembre de 2010


In relation to Language Learning, the use of music and songs offers two major advantages: Music is both highly memorable (1) and highly motivating (2). As a consequence, It would be unwise to ignore this flexible and attractive resource. Without any doubt, it has a lot of potential. So, ...
                           Let us take advantage of it!!
Using music in our English Language Classrooms, no matter the level of proficiency in such a language of our students, have a number of obvious advantages. Let me name just a few of them, to illustrate and contextualize this new blog. It is worthwhile pointing out that by means of songs, we can simply:
-          Raise our students’ interest, when teaching foreign languages
-          Increase their motivation
-          Break the routine
-          Provide a real language in a real context
-          Assign meaningful /communicative tasks easily
-          Use them as a springboard to deal with all the language skills
-          Integrate English Language Teaching/Learning and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
-          And, in short, take the English Language out of the Classroom. (Consequently, We pay attention not only to “formal” learning, but also to both “non-formal” and “informal” learning.)
But, as we all know, just listening to and singing songs will not make students able to communicate in another language and will not teach them how to use the target language appropriately.              
In order to bridge the gap, we should keep in mind the twofold major goal of this blog:
  • To provide a repertoire of songs (selected by the students and the teacher), taking into account the language used and the thematic content in them, and
  • To show how to use songs and music as enhancers, reinforces, or as centre-pieces for communicating in the classroom.
Why ?
Have a look at some reasons for using music in the classroom:
“Integrating Music into the Classroom”

“… because in songs language is presented in a stimulating and engaging manner.”

Have a look at some ideas about how to use songs:
“Music In the classroom” (part 1)
(For some more ideas, check parts 2, 3 & 4.)


Using music in our English classrooms is just …

A wonderful way to expose our students to different English accents in an attractive – and funny, sometimes- way.
“Voice Recognition Elevator”

                                                 (a situation comedy by Connell & Florence)
To have a laugh:  
Go to the website of the Burnistoun boys, Iain Connell and Robert Florence (


“There is no human society    
without its music"    

This quotation by Alan Maley & Tim Murphey can be regarded, to some extent, as the rationale behind these lines, taken from Music & Song - Resources Books for Teachers. Oxford University Press. (A worthwhile and suggested reading.)

Music is all around. It is everywhere. All our students have their own musical tastes. As we all know, they are really interested in the music they like. So, ...
Why don’t we use music in our classroom as a mere pretext to present the English Language?


First of all, welcome to this blog "LET THE MUSIC PLAY... IN OUR CLASSROOM", where you will have the opportunity to learn and improve your English in a different way, listening to music and watching video clips, just as an excuse to work with the English Language. On the other hand, you will also find useful links for learning English, and being able to participate with your comments/opinions and sharing experiences.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I will.
But please, remember a couple of things before starting this new adventure...

                                                                      Don´t stop the music!
                                                         Let the music play in our classrooms!

                                                                                                           Jesús Canca
                                                                                Nov 28th, 2010