I read the news today, oh boy! New research by Kaplan International Colleges has found that ESL teachers use The Beatles to help students learn English. In fact, 86% of ESL teachers play music during class to enhance lessons and help students improve their understanding of the English language. Among the ESL teachers surveyed, 40% of them play hits by The Fab Four such as Hey Jude, Love Me Do and A Hard Day’s Night during lessons to help their students learn English. It’s true here at Happy English too. For many years now, I have helped students learn conditional sentences by singing “What would you think if I sang out of tune,” the lyrics from A Little Help From My Friends.
The survey revealed that The Beatles were the most popular band used by ESL teachers with 40% stating that they used the songs hits by The Fab Four such as Hey Jude, Love Me Do and A Hard Day’s Night during lessons.
Paul McCartney’s son James thinks it’s great. “What a great way to learn any language–by learning through music,” he said. “Music is a universal language that can bridge the traditional language barrier, and the music of The Beatles has always been a bridge of love and communication.”
The Beatles’ influence on music and culture is still felt across the world today. The boys from Liverpool were the most played band in English lessons, ahead of other pop stars such as Michael Jackson, Bob Marley and Elvis Presley. Kaplan conducted the survey of more than 500 ESL teachers from 40 countries to learn what tools they use to enhance their lessons. The results of Kaplan’s “How to Teach English” survey have been published as Kaplan’s How to Teach English Infographic. The page has quotes covering all aspects of the research. Why not check it out now?
ESL teachers can find a wealth of teachable material in the Beatles’ music. If you have an example from your class, why not leave a comment here and share it!