The number of English Language Learners enrolled in PreK programs and elementary schools in the United States continues to grow. Using music to teach English Language Learners can be an effective way to help ELL students experience gains in early language development.
6 ways music and movement support the early language development of ELL students
- Music stimulates language learning, builds phonological and phonemic awareness, and enhances language skills.
- Children who learn through movement show a marked improvement in memory.
- English Language Learners who participate in early childhood music programs also improve their fine and gross motor skills and experience gains in cognitive, social, emotional, and musical skills.
- Actively listening to songs and nursery rhymes introduces children to the specific sounds and language patterns of English.
- Singing in a foreign language can improve learning how to speak it.
- It’s fun for students and teachers so the entire class stays engaged in the learning!
ELL curriculum for schools uses music
ABC Music & Me uses music to support the early language development of English Language Learners. The research-proven curriculum aligns with state standards, including the Common Core, and in just 30 minutes each week can deliver a 32 percent literacy gain. In addition to our “English Language Learners Strategies Guide” that provides unit-by-unit, lesson-by-lesson tips, ABC Music & Me includes materials in English and Spanish to increase parent involvement and support the common language spoken in the home.
For more information about using ABC Music & Me with English Language Learners or other young children in your school, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.