English in the 21st Century
The ability to speak and understand English is a key life-skill for people living in the 21st century. Most Ministries of Education around the world now provide ELT courses for primary school children. Presenting new language through fun-to learn action songs is a highly effective method.
Find out more about how the FunSongs Method can help you achieve excellent results by clicking on the questions below or step right in by buying and downloading an action song pack to teach your next lexical set or vocabulary area now!
What is the FunSongs Method?
The FunSongs Method is a dynamic way of teaching the English language through music and mime, rhythm and rhyme. It combines elements of Total Physical Response (Prof. James Asher) and Suggestopedia (Prof. Georgi Lozanov). The learning process is strengthened and accelerated by activating several intelligences in the learner’s mind in line with Prof. Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences.
Teach FunSongs action songs directly to your classes through movement and mime.
The FunSongs YouTube channel exists to help you, the teacher learn, the songs fast before bringing them into the class. It’s not for children. Read about the importance of movement and teacher-student eye contact in this 2021 article by Charles Goodger for Gallery Teachers.
Another aspect of FuSongs is the quality of the tunes and music. In the 2020s there are thousands of English-learning songs available at the click of a key. However few stand out for the quality of their melodies. See the many testimonials at the bottom of our home page from famous educational experts such as Mario Rinvolucri (Pilgrims, Uk) and Prof. Gabriele Azzaro of Bologna University. Famous singers such as the Italian tenor Albano Carrisi have also interpreted Charles Goodger’s songs.
Learning new language through music and movement is particularly useful in encouraging intelligible pronunciation and reinforcing memorisation. Neuroscientists agree that people learn more effectively when they are having fun.
People often ask us . . .
Read these FAQs to find out more.
The FunSongs Program is ideal for young learners aged up to 10. Children learn and memorize the songs and their vocabulary, language and structures fast. Each action song pack comes with its own e-book containing set of graded worksheets to photocopy or project. Worksheet 1 is appropriate for children who haven’t yet started to learn to read and write while the higher level worksheets, based less on images and more on reading and writing tasks, are more suitable for older learners.
Scroll through our action songs to view sample worksheets and materials to help you decide which to download. Use the song finder feature on the home page to identity the right action song for your teaching needs fast. You can also acquire a FunSongs Licence to help you boost and promote your teaching business.
First decide on the lexical field(s) you want to teach. Then using our action song search engine on the home page, locate the most appropriate action song package. Once you have downloaded the package follow the instructions in the Teacher’s Notes. For an overview of the FunSongs Method download Charles Goodger’s e-book “Music and Mime, Rhythm and Rhyme.” You may also find this article published by EFL Magazine useful. http://eflmagazine.com/pres
FunSongs action songs have been specially written to present and teach key vocabulary in a way in which your young learners will never forget. The FunSongs Method brings several expressive disciplines into the learning process: music, singing, mime, dance, poetry. Different intelligences are activated in the learners mind at the same time. Because of the emotional power of music and mime, learners are engaged in the learning process emotionally.
The FunSongs Method is an organized and highly effective way of presenting, teaching and learning new language through action songs. It’s a lot of fun both for teachers and learners. Our teaching action videos on the FunSongs YouTube channel quickly help you learn the songs before you present them to your class. You can then use our graded worksheets, games and activities to recycle the themes and vocabulary of the action song in a variety of contexts.
Simple! Use the action song search facility to find the most appropriate action song for your course. For example it you’re looking for a song about parts of the body, insert “arms” into the search engine. You will then be redirected to two action songs packs: Time to Play and The Monster March. Once you have a pack that interests you, follow the instructions to buy it through PayPal. You can then download it immediately. Each pack contains a Teacher’s Notes page with instructions and suggestions on how to teach the song and make use of the graded worksheets. You can also acquire a FunSongs licence to download all our action song packs in one go, click here for further information.
Teachers or schools that decide to acquire a FunSongs Licence receive a free online course Charles Goodger. At the end of the course you will be awarded an official Practitioner Certificate from FunSongs Education plus the right to apply FunSongs logos to your promotional materials and social media.
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