El Mundo de Birch
This site includes a downloadable Excel file listing nearly 600 songs to use in the classroom, with info on the grammar, vocabulary, and cultural concepts present (as well as a YouTube link for each). Also on the site are dozens of lesson plans, worksheets, and activities for using the songs in the classroom
Thanks to
for posting this amazing link with hundreds of resources - it's in the Links and Spanish pages here too so it's impossible to miss it!

Following a request on the linguanet forum Catherine Marsh included this list of songs suitable for a French Day

They are all available on YouTube.

Pigloo – Bisous d’Eskimo (a droite, a gauge, en haut, en bas)

au clair de la lune

les petits poissons (petit/gros – good for phoneme AU)

savez vous planter les choux(body parts)

jean petit qui danse(body parts)

Mon Ane (clothes and body parts)

Promenons nous dans les bois(clothes)

Lundi matin - (days of the week)

fais dodo (lullably – family, papa,maman, frere, soeur)

mon beau sapin (christmas)

Souris verte (animals/feminine agreement)

un, deux, trois elephants(counting elephants)


qu’as tu vu, compere

coucou/hibou(the ou phoneme)

Bateau, Ciseaux(phoneme eau)

la mere michel (lapin/chat/mere/père)

meurnier tu dors (weather – nice actions for small children)

pomme peche poir abricot(food)

j’aime la galette (food)

derriere chez moi (prepositions)

fermier dans son pre

le petit vers (little worm – good for petit)


ah vous dirai je maman

a la clarie fontaine

le furet court

mois de mai (dates)

theres a hole in my bucket elisa

cadet rousellle

ainsi font font font (good actions for small children)

Feliz Navidad one and all! A Christmas song to the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas. This song was devised by my colleague, now retired, Rosemary Reid. Gracias Rosemary!

A 'homemade' Carol using lots of vocabulary for Spanish Christmas; reyes, camellos, ovejas, pastores, José, María, etc - but kept very simple and repetitive. Based on the French version that Catherine Cheater did in the Pathfinder book.

Although not exactly a song this version of the Night before Christmas has proved popular at assemblies in both Primary and Secondary. I'm sure it will be familiar to a lot of people!

Tejano Night Before Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the casa,
Not a creature was stirring -- ¡Caramba! ¿Que pasa?
Los niños were tucked away in their camas,
Some in camisas and some in pijamas,
While hanging the stockings with mucho cuidado
In hopes that old Santa would feel obligado
To bring all children, both buenos and malos,
A nice batch of dulces and other regalos.
Outside in the yard there arose such a grito
That I jumped to my feet like a frightened cabrito.
I ran to the window and looked out afuera,
And who in the world do you think quién era?
Saint Nick in a sleigh and a big red sombrero
Came dashing along like a crazy bombero.
And pulling his sleigh instead of venados
Were eight little burros approaching volados.
I watched as they came and this quaint little hombre
Was shouting and whistling and calling by nombre
"Ay Pancho, ay Pepe, ay Chucho, ay Beto,
Ay Chato, ay Chopo, Macuco, y Nieto!"
Then standing erect with his hands on his pecho
He flew to the top of our very own techo.
With his round little belly like a bowl of jalea,
He struggled to squeeze down our old chiminea,
then huffing and puffing at last in our sala,
With soot smeared all over his red suit de gala,
He filled all the stockings with lovely regalos--
For none of the niños had been very malos.
Then chuckling aloud, seeming very contento,
He turned like a flash and was gone like the viento.
And I heard him exclaim, and this is verdad,
Merry Christmas to all, and Feliz Navidad!

Tools for Schools Music
A really useful site for all sorts of materials and links but this page relevant to singing and music

David Bisbal world cup song
Thanks to Clare Seccombe for providing the link to this.

  • There are so many great songs for language learning and the benefits are huge! Singing is just so good for you!
  • I often want to use a song, and then can't find the one I want so I decided to start this wiki. I'll then also be able to use some of these when I'm in different locations....if the technology is kind.

    This is a space for sharing songs with other colleagues. All these songs have been compiled from:
  • Songs learnt, collected and written by colleagues and me through my career
  • Traditional rhymes I collected when I was a student in Sevilla (My tesina was about playground songs and rhymes - I transcribed and recorded about 100)
  • commercial websites - free samples
  • blogs, TRE (Teacher Resource Exchange) and other websites.
  • Some are well-known among language teachers others will be new.
  • I decided to include poems that rhyme, just because they could be set to music, have rhythm and are fun!

  • If you want to link to a Youtube song that's great too!

  • If you wrote any of the resources on the following pages, please add your name in the details section.

Do also look at the website Sing Up!

from Vocal Union - a musician's guide to incorporating song in your classroom

"This website features free non-copyright mp3 files and lyrics to download for a range of French, Spanish, German and other traditional songs. All material is suitable for Key Stages 1 and 2."
quote from Primarylanguages website.