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Songs in the ClassroomUsing songs in the EFL classroom is a great way to help establish a relaxed and fun environment, as well as engage in culture. Music and group singing in particular, are an innate part of society -- people are known to sing at parties, events, religious services, school, in the car, or while taking a shower. Although some students may be reluctant at first, if the teacher is enthusiastic about it, usually the class will soon follow (which is the case for most activities!). In his 2001 article, Schoepp summarizes Lo and Li (1998) who assert ?that songs provide a break from classroom routine, and that learning English through songs develops a non-threatening classroom atmosphere in which the four language skills can be enhanced.? He goes on to list these skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Schoepp is an advocate of using music in the classroom and is able to support this with thorough research into the logical, cognitive and linguistic rationales. Just how and in what kinds of lessons can songs be incorporated? I believe that they can be used anywhere in the lesson -- during the Engage, Study or Activate stages! For example, the ?Hello Song? (of which there are several variations floating around!) can be used in the Engage portion of the