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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

Karaoke Play


Karaoke Play is a new online site that lets you sing a favorite song and record it online.

Singing karaoke is an excellent way for English Language Learners to develop language skills. Students can do it individually or as a group.

There are several other online karaoke sites. What makes Karaoke Play a bit different from the others is that, in addition to showing the lyrics you need to sing, it shows a music video of the song. This difference also makes it more problematic for students. The videos are from You Tube, and most school districts block it. So, even though the site itself might get through District filters, students won’t see anything when they pick a song because the video will be blocked.

If you one of the few Districts that don’t block YouTube, it’s certainly worth giving Karaoke Play a try. If not, stick with the excellent Sims On Stage site for singing practice.

You’ll find karaoke, and other music links, on my website under Student Songs.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Larry ,

    Thanks for giving some exposure to how useful karaoke is in the classroom. I have loads of articles, about teachers here and there across the world who have succeeded in literacy and English teaching where other methods have failed.

    Karaoke doesn’t only mean “songs” to me. Also, like at EFL Classroom 2.0 (click the Karaoke tab), it means, stories, poetry, essays, news, translations, books, speeches. It is the ultimate TTS (text to speech) tool for the classroom.

    In our karaoke room, you can choose a file and it will play automatically on the free downloadable player. You can change how the words appear, change the speed (so important in language teaching) and even edit and reproduce the song….

    I’d also encourage all teachers to get a microphone!!! Not only for karaoke but everything. It helps your voice, it helps your students hear well, it helps focus attention. Mics can plug into most cd players and you have speakers and are ready….

    For the real addicts, make your own!!! Full instructions on EFL Classroom 2.0 and we even have a group of dedicated teachers who upload constant new ones onto the discussion thread. Always new stuff. My latest was the ever popular Jonas Brothers! Check it out.

    Your comments are valid about youtube and video karaoke. We have over 300 videos on youtube but mostly for exposure, to get the word out to other teachers….


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