Here are what I believe to be the best music websites for learning English:
- The Music Page from the Language Guide, the best audio/picture dictionary on the Web for English Language Learners.  It’s obviously important for students to understand some basic music vocabulary.
- The English Language Listening Lab Online, also known as ELLO, has a good Music page .   Students can listen to pop tunes and many, but not all, have follow-up exercises that can be accessed by clicking on “Word Challenge.”
- Here’s a new site called Lyrics Mode.  This is clearly the best source for accurate song lyrics to print-out without having to put-up with countless annoying pop-up adds that are prevalent in other lyrics sites.
EFL Club Songs has been a favorite of my students.  It, too, has clozes to be completed while listening to popular songs.
- I’m putting My Pop Studio at number four.  Students can create their own recording artist, the music and the lyrics.  It’s a real fun activity.
- Here are two musical games created by Luke Whittaker — The Sound Factory and Break In The Road.  They also both made it near the top of my Best Online Learning Games list.
Using Songs In The English Classroom by Hans Mol, a teacher in Australia, is a short article that was just published in Humanising Language Teaching Magazine (which is on The Best Resource Sites For ESL/EFL Teachers list). It gives a very good overview of different language-development activities that can be done with music.
Mondos: Song Lessons offers a lot of excellent song-related activities for English Language Learners.
Teaching English through songs in the digital age is a four part series by Vicky Saumell summarizing a recent #ELTchat session on Twitter. I can’t imagine you’d find a better compilation of resources and teaching ideas anyway — it’s a must-read and must-bookmark resource.
- And, if that isn’t enough for you, Eva Büyüksimkeşyan has also posted another exhaustive list of music-related resources: Songs in EFL Classroom.

 I wanted to share two great music sites we can now use with our students:
- One is Lyrics Training. It shows YouTube videos of the latest popular songs, and provides subtitled “clozes.” In other words, it will show the words as they are sung, but it will periodically show a “blank” where a word has been removed. The video will stop at the end of that line, and listeners have to type in the correct word that they heard. The “blank” also shows how many letters there are in the missing word. You’re given the option of watching the video with a few blanks, more blanks, or none (which is great after you complete the whole song). It’s great to project it up on the screen and then have students — either individually or in small groups — use small whiteboards to write down their answers. It’s simple to use — no registration is necessary — and you can learn more about it at Teacher Training Videos.
Batlyrics has been on The Best Places To Find Lyrics On The Web list for awhile. It shows the lyrics on the side while playing a YouTube video of the song at the same time. Now that we can access YouTube, it’s great to have a full sing-along.
Classroom Songs: 16 Creative Ways lists some good ways to use music in the ESL/EFL classroom.

I’m making some new additions to this list focused on research that supports using music in the classroom:
David Deubelbeiss has developed another great resource for ESL/EFL teachers — tons of music videos with lyric sheets, including clozes.
Using Songs in the EFL Classroom is an online presentation by David Deubelbeiss
- David Deubelbeiss recently revamped the music lyrics search on EFL Classroom 2.0.
- clubEFL has the Picture Dictionary, that has mostly YouTube music videos and interactive exercises.
David Deubelbeiss from EFL Classroom 2.0 has put together an extraordinary music resource — a collection of all EFL Clasroom 2.0 song + lyric sheet materials.
- The British Council reorganized their website awhile back, and now that have all their songs for English Language Learners (including closed-captioning) all in one place. It’s an excellent resource.
- David Deubelbeiss has put together a great virtual online book of songs and videos for ELLs.
Results of a new study will come as no surprise to anyone who teaches a second language: “Singing can help when learning a foreign language.”
Of course, having a little more research to back you up if people question the melodic tones coming from your classroom can’t hurt. Even more info on the study is here.
Using Music and Songs in EFL Classes is the theme of the 33rd ELT Blog Carnival, and it’s a good one! Eva Buyuksimkesyan has gathered contributions from English teachers throughout the world on the topic, and it’s so good that I’m adding it to this list.
10 Reasons why Songs with Subtitles make Sense is from The British Council.
10 Ways To Use Songs In The EFL Classroom is from Lyrical English.
Songs and Activities for English Language Learners is a new and useful website full of resources.
How to use songs in the English language classroom is a great post by Adam Simpson.
6 Activities you can do online with songs and music is from The British Council.
TEFL Tunes is a for-pay site providing some excellent song lessons for ELLs, and they also offer quite a few free resources.
Making the right choices: ‘Lean On Me’ is an intriguing lesson using music with ELLs.
There are places I remember is from On The Same Page and offers a new idea on using music in the ELL classroom.
Using music and songs is from The British Council.

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