I’ve used music a lot with English Language Learners. Singing feels much less threatening to many who are learning a new language.
Karaoke is a good language-development activity, and there are quite a few karaoke sites on the Internet. I thought it would be a good topic for a short “The Best…” list.
In order to make it on this list, a site has to be available free-of-charge (or at least some of its resources have to be free), easy-to-use, require no download, and allow students — either alone or in a group — to record themselves singing. A link to their performance can then be posted on a student or teacher website.
There are only a few sites that meet that criteria. Here are my choices for The Best Online Karaoke Sites For English Language Learners:
Sing Snap is the newest addition to this list. It has all the best qualities of the other sites here — easy to use, free-of-charge, and, if you don’t want to record, you can just listen to others sing while the screen shows the lyrics. Using a webcam is an option, but unlike many Web 2.0 sites, you can still use it if you just have a computer microphone.
KaraSongs doesn’t allow students to record themselves, but they have tons of great videos showing the lyrics to popular songs with instrumental accompaniment.
Instagram one-ups TikTok with karaoke lyrics is from TechCrunch.
I’d certainly be interested in hearing suggestions, so please feel free to leave them in the comments section.