Using Music and Songs in the ELL Classroom


This professional development workshop is free to all School of Global Access members. When you become a member of the School of Global Access, you have access to all upcoming and previously recorded webinars, workshop handouts, and resources.

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Since 2005, VESL (the Volunteer ESL Tutor Training Project) has supported the professional development of volunteer ELL tutors throughout the city of Calgary. VESL is the collaborative effort of three Calgary ELL service providers with long-standing volunteer programs: Bow Valley College, the Calgary Public Library, and the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. The project hosts six face-to-face training workshops throughout the year that are offered free-of-charge to volunteers who support language learners in organizations throughout Calgary. 

In this workshop, participants learned about the benefits of using music and songs with English language learners. Volunteers also learned and experienced a variety of listening and singing/speaking activities.

The workshop was facilitated by Katrina Derix-Langstraat, a faculty member at the School of Global Access.

Visit the VESL Network to learn about upcoming VESL workshops and download information, handouts, and resources from over twenty previously held VESL workshops.

  • Lots of good sources & techniques for songs and many ways to explore language acquisition. It exceeded my expectations, happily.
    Workshop participant
  • Wonderful and fun ideas for all levels, and tons of jump off places for other things to do.
    Workshop participant
  • Super workshop! I’ve avoided music & singing with my class – great ideas to work with.
    Workshop participant
Workshop Dates: 
Tue, April 10, 2018 - 18:00 - 20:30 MDT
* Please note that this workshop is on-site.