Songs are a great way to practice English listening skills. You can choose any song, listen to it several times (while you work, clean the house, or drive), then sit down and write out the words. Use the internet to look up the lyrics and check what you heard. Now play the song again while reading the words. Always sing along with the song, too – this helps your speaking and pronunciation skills!
You can Google a song name or use these sites to find your favorite song:
- AZLyrics.com – to help you find the words to a song
- Vevo or YouTube – to help you find a video for the song.
These sites have worksheets or exercises for songs set up for ESL Students:
- Lyricsgap – Listen up and fill in missing words in the song lyrics
- ESOL Course – Songs – Songs with different exercises
- Isabel’s ESL Site – Click on a song… page will have related exercises
ESL Lounge – has suggested songs that show a specific grammar point
TeflTunes – has songs linked to a topic
This section shows a list of songs, topics, and video/lyrics links.
|“100 Years” by Five for Fighting||numbers, life events||Video / Alternate video||Lyrics|
|“April Showers” by Sugarland||calendar, weather, love||Video||Lyrics|
|“Butterfly Kisses” – Bob Carlisle||family, various verb tenses||Video||Lyrics|
|“Dance with My Father” by Luther Vandross||family, loss||Video||Lyrics|
|“Daughters” by John Mayer||family||Video||Lyrics|
|“Have You Ever?” – Brandy||present perfect question||Video||Lyrics|
|“Hello / Goodbye” by the Beatles – Sung by Glee||opposites||Video||Lyrics|
|Our House – Crosby, Stills and Nash||house, routines||Video||Lyrics|
|“Pina Colada” – Rupert Holmes||likes, past tense||Video||Lyrics|
|“Rock around the Clock”||time, 50’s culture||Video||Lyrics|
|” Say a Little Prayer” – Aretha Franklin||daily routines||Video with Lyrics||Lyrics|
|“The Shadow of Your Smile” by Tony Bennett||face / body parts||Video||Lyrics|
|“Slipping Through My Fingers||past tense – life events||Video||Lyrics|
|“Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson||adjectives, comparatives||Video||Lyrics|
|“Summertime” by George Gershwin||Summer||Video||Lyrics|
|“This Land is Your Land”||Video with lyrics|
|” Yesterday When I was Young” – Glen Campbell||past tense – life events||Video||Lyrics|
|“You’re Amazing / Just the Way You Are” – Bruno Mars||face, adjectives||Video||Lyrics|
Simple Rhyming Sing-a-long Songs – Classic childhood songs – great to use with your children!
. . . More to come! Keep checking back for more updates!