• Ask the students to stand in a circle.
  • You can give the text at this point or teach without text and introduce it later on cards.
  • Listen to the song line by line and find an appropriate gesture or action for the line.
  • Teach each line through repetition and gestures.
  • Then the class repeats your words and movements.
  • Finish the first four lines then go back and sing them as a chunk.
  • You can focus on linking and correct pronunciation at this point.
  • Now do the same with the next four lines of the song.
  • Keep the lesson moving along in order to maintain enthusiasm.


  • In the circle, give each group of three students a line to sing using both words and actions.
  • Rotate lines between groups, so everyone gets three or four opportunities to sing.
  • Next divide the class into two groups, so each group sings their lines in turn or alternate lines.
  • Divide the group into males and females. Each group sings two or three lines in turn.
  • Finally sing the whole song together.
  • By this point students will have practised the song many times in different combinations and will have a good grasp of lyrics and pronunciation features AND they will have had fun

It is not important for the teacher to be a good singer as the students will pick up the melody quickly.

Please email us if you have any feedback on our resources, or comments on teaching English.


Urban Lyrebirds books and CDs are available from Bookery


Feedback from our Sing for your English workshops:

  • Very fun and useful! Wonderful!
  • Good ideas for class
  • One of the best workshops we’ve ever had
  • Great – made me realise we can all create songs to teach English!
  • Good to see how you can adapt it for different levels
  • Fun, confidence building
  • Absolutely brilliant workshop!
  • Inspiring

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