Time needed: 1 to 15 min.

Why? Singing is an emotional act. It creates bonding and a common ground for all activities. Singing comforts and singing is fun. Fun is better for learning.

When? Any time you feel like it’s time for a change in method. Try to have some songs in your repertoire, for different kind of age groups.

How?¬†There are two possibilities. Either your students know the song already, then go ahead. Find a reason to sing a song – it could be any reason, even “just for fun” or to start with a common activity. If your students don’t know the song, don’t be afraid to teach them. Line by line. You could write down the text to the whiteboard. Third possibility, it’s a song your students know and you don’t know. In this case: switch roles. Ask a student to become teacher and you will learn the song.

Any risks? If it’s only you who sings it’s not an act happening together. So choose a song which is adequate for your target group. Short and fun – long and fast, there are hundreds of songs out there.