I’ve been working as a CELTA tutor for quite a few years, and if there’s something I think is a pity on the courses is how practically nobody uses music in class. There’s simply no use of music in teaching practice at all.
If you look at the programs of teachers’ conferences the world over, you’ll notice the same: people have been speaking less and less about music in the classroom. At IATEFL 2022, for example, I don’t remember seeing a single talk about music in the program. However, music is… everything? ‘Without music, life would be a mistake.’ ‘The only truth is music.’ ‘Where words fail, music speaks.’ And that’s not me saying those things, but, respectively, Nietzche, Kerouac, and Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen.
More to the point, music is arguably the most exposure students get to English every single day, and I think it’s a mistake not to explore that more. I’d argue we should both be teaching them how to make the most of their habit of listening to music in their own time, and we should also be using more music in class ourselves — and that’s what this workshop is all about.
On June 4, we’ll look at different ways to use music in class to practice listening, draw students’ attention to different aspects of grammar, clarify and get students to notice vocabulary, generate speaking, foster student autonomy, and much more.
NB: This text was written while I sang along and danced to Train’s Greatest Hits, which I could not recommend more. It’s brilliant! (It’s here on Spotify!)