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“Over the years, I have seen firsthand how much easier it is for children to learn a second language when vocabulary is presented through song and rhyme. I have also witnessed children's enthusiasm for learning blossom when singing is incorporated into the lesson plan.”

— Denise Gagné Williamson
Listening Voice Media
Teaching English Through Songs and Games - Volume 1 Written and performed by Denise Gagné Williamson
Illustrated by Linda Bunn

Add interest and variety to your English as a Second Language or English Immersion program!

By using the songs and activities in this book, you will:
  • Encourage student oral production of English
  • Enhance student memorization of the language
  • Organize and lead simple musical presentations with greater confidence

This teacher resource includes:
  • Includes an audio CD of all the songs and poems
  • Activity sheets to reinforce language learning
  • Includes Christmas and holiday songs
  • Basic beginner level English vocabulary suitable for Kindergarten, Grade One and Grade Two

Listen to a Song The Ants Go Marching (3013KB)

Titles of Songs:
Basic vocabulary Holiday Songs
1. Eeny-meeny-miny mo 19. Dark, Dark Woods
2. One potato, two potato 20. I'm In the Lord's Army
3. Red, red, red 21. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
4. Bluebird 22. Ring those Bells
5. One, two, buckle my shoe 23. Jingle Bells
6. Five Fat Peas 24. Up on the Housetop
7. 3 Blue Pigeons 25. Children, Go Where I Send Thee
8. Five Little Monkeys 26. Tony Chestnut
9. This Old Man 27. The Leprechaun's Parade
10. Brush Your Teeth  
11. The Ants Go Marching Fun Songs for Everyday
12. I've Got 10 Little Fingers 28. Miss Polly Had a Dolly
13. Head & Shoulders 29. Ring Around the Rosie
14. I Clap my Hands 30. Baby Bumblebee
15. It's Raining 31. There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly
16. Cloudy and Cold 32. BINGO
17. Snowflakes Falling    
18. If You Love to See the Sun    

Denise Gagné Williamson has a BA in Theatre and Music from Université du Québec à Montréal, and a graduate diploma in Early Childhood Education from the University of Calgary. She has 20 years experience teaching at the Elementary level, in Kindergarten, as a Music teacher and as a homeroom teacher of every Grade 1-6. As most of her years teaching were spent in the Immersion setting, Denise has seen firsthand how much easier it is for students to learn a second language when vocabulary is presented in song and rhyme. She believes that the pure joy made possible through singing should be shared with our students at every possible moment. Although still teaching, she currently offers private voice instruction to teens and adults.

Linda Bunn works both as a commercial and a fine artist. She earned a diploma in graphic and visual design, and worked in advertising. Following a period a travel and inspiration in Europe, Linda studied fine arts at the University of Waterloo. Besides having illustrated a children's storybook (Moon Canoe), she also found time to create over 35 murals for children's rooms.

This is the Denise and Linda's third collaboration. Their other books together are Teaching French through Songs & Games (2004) and Les meilleures chansons anglaises (2005).