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Welcome to our 'ESL Songs for Teaching English' worksheets section, where you'll find a lot of free lesson materials that English teachers can use with their class for musical English lessons.
Our growing collection of teacher-tested ESL songs worksheets contains all-time favorites such as 'I Saw Her Standing There' or 'Yesterday' (as well as many other songs sung by the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Gloria Gaynor, Bon Jovi) and also relatively new songs that are successfully used by ESL teachers.

Teaching English with songs helps learners provides a lot of opportunities for a creative teacher. Songs are a great way to practice intonation and stress, spelling and pronunciation, they are wonderful subjects for debate or discussion, are great for specific vocabulary practice, group singing practice. It is advised that when selecting an ESL song the teacher should look for one with functional English, plenty of common and useful phrasal verbs, clear and natural examples of comparative and superlative use, question words, reported speech. For the post-listening stage we also recommend some creative writing activities or a whole class discussion.

Generally, students love to listen to songs during their English lessons.

 

If the song was selected properly, they are also very willing to participate in the after-listening activities such as gap-fills, concept questions, discussions or creative writing. 

It is very important to select the right song.

You must also be totally aware of why you're selecting this or that song and what specific & useful ESL context it has for your students. Do not choose songs just because YOU like them: it's a good idea to do some subtle research asking your class about their music tastes before you come up with a musical lesson!

If you're new to teaching English through songs, we have prepared several articles that will help you get started and will teach you the basics. Please see these articles here: 'Teaching ESL With Music: Creative Ideas For The Classroom', 'How To Teach Using Songs', and 'Classroom Songs: 16 Creative Ways'.

At the moment we have 1,450 worksheets specifically designed to go with ESL Songs For Teaching English, as well as other useful resources for teaching English through songs, such as printable handouts, teacher tips, etc.
See our most recent ESL Songs lesson plans, or navigate through the menu at the top of every page to locate the worksheet you are looking for for this or that particular lesson. One excellent example is this song worksheet which you can use for intermediate learners studying phrasal verbs. It is based on the pop song “Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson which may appeal to your middle and high school students.

ESL Songs – Music to my ears

Songs are often used for listening activities in ESL classrooms. They add some variety to lessons by shifting focus away from the textbook and give students the opportunity to listen to an unfamiliar voice. This really helps them improve their listening skills but it is important to find songs that are slow enough for students to catch individual words or else they may become frustrated. As an ESL teacher, you probably speak at a slower than normal speed during your lessons which is great when students are learning new material but could hinder their ability to communicate effectively in real life situations. Using songs will give them some practice and while challenging, can be fun too. Songs can also be used for pronunciation practice but usually only young learners can be encouraged to sing a long.

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Song Worksheet: You Are My Destiny by Paul Anka

Song Worksheet: You Are My Destiny by Paul Anka

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There are some gaps. Learners put some verbs in the simple present tense. It's easy to sing for learners. And also you can use it to teach some verbs with synonmys. Before you make them listen to ...
1 Elementary
Song Worksheet: Ghost by Ella Henderson

Song Worksheet: Ghost by Ella Henderson

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Nice Ella Henderson song for students to have fun and practice listening comprehension. The worksheet includes four types of exercises (matching, choosing the right word, completing the text, putt ...
1 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Review: Gnomeo and Juliet + Your Song by Elton John

Review: Gnomeo and Juliet + Your Song by Elton John

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The worksheet is based on a movie Gnomeo and Juliet. Students work with the vocabulary from a review of the movie, answer questions about the movie itself and compare it to the original version of ...
1 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Puppeteer by Auryn

Song Worksheet: Puppeteer by Auryn

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Hi, there! This time I bring you a song to practice listening skills. It is from a popular Spanish band called Auryn and the song is quite new and modern. There are five exercises to do, such as l ...
1 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Count on Me by Bruno Mars

Song Worksheet: Count on Me by Bruno Mars

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It is a worksheet for the song Count on me by Bruno Mars. Some of the words are missing and students are supposed to fill them in. There are also useful phrases, you can let students translate the ...
1 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
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Song Worksheet: Lucky by Britney Spears (Present Simple)

Song Worksheet: Lucky by Britney Spears (Present Simple)

Mariela Busleimán
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This worksheet has been adapted from margesimpson's upload. Sts are expected to complete sentences with verbs in present simple first and listen to / watch the video to check their answers. Then s ...
2 Complete Beginner Elementary
Song Worksheet: Smiley Face Song

Song Worksheet: Smiley Face Song

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The worksheet includes the song "The Smiley Face Song" written by Charlie Ball, the son of Harvey Ball, who is the creator of the world known smiley face. It tells the story of the creation of the ...
3 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Song/Movie Worksheet: Dumb Ways to Die

Song/Movie Worksheet: Dumb Ways to Die

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Dumb ways to die is a music video campaign from an Australian railway company. The idea is to illustrate how silly it is to die doing something dumb. Most of them are common sense and the tone is ...
4 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Diamonds by Rihanna

Song Worksheet: Diamonds by Rihanna

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This worksheet will help me develop listening skills of my students and I will help them to discuss the idea of the topic and answer the questions at the end of the lesson.  This worksheet is ...
1 Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Could You Be Home by Heffron Drive

Song Worksheet: Could You Be Home by Heffron Drive

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This worksheet will be good to use for practising grammar requests 'could you?' This song worksheet has pre-listening, while-listening and after-listening activities. After working with the worksh ...
2 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Song Worksheet: Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

Song Worksheet: Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

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I used this worksheet with a group of 12 young teenagers in the unit of Music. We first brainstormed all kinds of music they know and like, and then, we also brainstormed all dancing styles we cou ...
5 Elementary
Song Worksheet: Old McDonald (Matching Exercise)

Song Worksheet: Old McDonald (Matching Exercise)

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This is a matching activity to be used after learning the song "Old McDonald Had a Farm". You may teach the farm animal vocabulary, as well as the sounds that the animals make. Then, teach the ...
2 Elementary
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Song Worksheet: Mixtape- a Different Listening Lesson Plan

Song Worksheet: Mixtape- a Different Listening Lesson Plan

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A different listening lesson plan. Intermediate learners listen to two different songs, compare the themes, the tones of the singers and enjoy listening to two songs separately. This plan seems di ...
1 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Song Worksheet: All Time Low by The Wanted (Present Continuous)

Song Worksheet: All Time Low by The Wanted (Present Continuous)

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It's about present continuous. It's a song, by the band The Wanted. It's good for the students to practice the ING form and the listening. It's a very easy song to learn, I suggest that you read t ...
4 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Song Worksheet: Ironic

Song Worksheet: Ironic

julieta
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The purpose of this song is to practise past simple and to enjoy listening to it by doing easy matching and filling exercises based on pictures. It is mainly targeted to an elementary level but i ...
2 Elementary
Song Worksheet: In Summer by Olaf

Song Worksheet: In Summer by Olaf

Máthé Emőke
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I use this song the first day back at school after the summer holiday. It's meant to be used as a warm-up. Students need to listen and fill in the gaps or with more advanced ones before the liste ...
1 All levels
Song Worksheet: The Nicest Thing by Kate Nash

Song Worksheet: The Nicest Thing by Kate Nash

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Kate Nash's song is perfect for revising I wish construction. In this activity students would analyze the stills from the video and make predictions, watch the video, check and finally listen to t ...
1 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Song Worksheet: Meet Tigger

Song Worksheet: Meet Tigger

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This worksheet was created to be used along with the youtube video linked here.The tigger song plays on the screen and the words are written below as it goes. The students have to listen to t ...
1 Elementary
Song Worksheet: What Does the Fox Say?

Song Worksheet: What Does the Fox Say?

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Its a simple test based on the popular video ''What does the fox say'' by Ilvis. This video is really a fairy tale with music, it contains simple paragraphs to understand. Also the video shows the ...
2 Elementary
Song Worksheet: Goodbye My Lover (Past Tenses)

Song Worksheet: Goodbye My Lover (Past Tenses)

Finding exercise about past tenses is a difficult task so, I create this exercise where ss will be able to practice grammar rules, listening and reading. In the first exercise ss match the tenses ...
1 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Song Worksheet: Paradise by Coldplay (Simple Past)

Song Worksheet: Paradise by Coldplay (Simple Past)

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With this activity you can practice regular and irregular verbs. Before using this hand out I suggest you to play a song guessing game, where ss coulg get engaged with the activity, so when they l ...
1 Complete Beginner Elementary
Song Worksheet: An English Man in New York by Sting

Song Worksheet: An English Man in New York by Sting

A listening worksheet: a song by Sting. Pupils listen to the song to fill in the gaps, answer some comprehension questions: the message of the song+the common point between two sayings+ attitudes ...
7 Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Song Worksheet: Clarity by Zedd Feat Foxes

Song Worksheet: Clarity by Zedd Feat Foxes

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4 different activities around this song by Zedd feat. Foxes. Fill in the gaps with the words given, choose the right word, order the lines and find the words in a word search. It also include ...
2 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Rude by Magic

Song Worksheet: Rude by Magic

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This activity is based on the song "Rude" by Magic. It consists of 2 activities. First, students listen to the song and complete a fill-in-the-blank excercise by using the words provided next to t ...
4 Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Mr. Know It All by Kelly Clarkson

Song Worksheet: Mr. Know It All by Kelly Clarkson

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Song worksheet with the song Mr know it all by Kelly Clarkson to practice listening skills and vocabulary. It consists in fill the blanks, organize the sentences and choose the correct word. It al ...
3 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced

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