What do you think is the best way to learn English? What materials or media would help you the most? What if you could ask over 500 English teachers what they recommend for their students?
Well, with Kaplan’s How to Teach English Infographic, you can see the results of a survey answering these questions!
According to the survey, 86% of ESL teachers use music during their lessons to help students understand English better. The most common musicians used in English classes are The Beatles with 40% of teachers stating they have used their songs such as “Hey Jude” and “A Hard Day’s Night.”
Paul McCartney’s only son, James McCartney said, “What a great way to learn any language–by learning through music. Music is a universal language that can bridge the traditional language barrier, and the music of The Beatles has always been a bridge of love and communication. I think this is great.”
Even though other popular artists like Michael Jackson and Bob Marley were named in the survey, The Beatles are still the most popular to learn English by a large margin. Michael Jackson came in at 6% while Bob Marley was used by 5%. Elvis and the new band One Direction came in 4th and 5th place with 4% and 3%.
Other topics covered in the survey are:
See the full infographic here.
What musicians do YOU think are helpful to learn English?
What tools do you recommend to help others?