Listening – Sounds and Music

I was a music major in college. Anytime I can use music or sound in class, I’m happy. The students find it both interesting and entertaining, and it expands my view about music and sound.

I like playing small sound clips in class. I’ll play a clip of a trumpet, or a piano, or other instrument and ask to class to identify them. This is a different way to introduce new vocabulary – names of musical instruments.

I’ll play sound clips of car or train horns, birds, and city and nature sounds. Again, this is a fun way to introduce new vocabulary words.

It also opens the door for further discussion. For example, I combine a variety of city sounds to make a cacophonous soundscape. We then discuss the noise of modern cities, the excitement of cities, or the beauty of nature. We can also discuss noise pollution.

Sound clips of anything works well. It all depends on your lesson plan and your creativity. is a neat free, program that allows you to explore environmental sounds from all over the world. It syncs with both GoogleEarth and and FreeEarth. Select a geographical location and listen to some local environmental sounds.

This is a great tool to build sound-based classes. You can use this for the foundation of a conversation class or a writing class.

Have fun!


About acohen843

I am a writer and ESL teacher who enjoys the challenge of starting businesses. Currently, I am a JuicePlus distributor ( who is using this business opportunity as the foundation of a social entrepreneurship project.
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