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    An easy song

    Could anyone advise a simple song like 'Jingle Bells' which teenagers can sing at a concert? The problem is that songs like 'Rudolf the red-nosed raindeer' are too difficult to sing for a non-native speaker of English and songs like 'I wish you a merry Christmas' are for pre-schoolers, not for teens. Perhaps, you know a good Christmas song that is easy to sing and is, simaltaneously, suitable for non-native teenagers, not for very young learners of English?
    Last edited by englishhobby; 10-Dec-2016 at 19:13.
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    Re: An easy song

    Good evening Englishhobby.

    Here are a few ideas. If you search YouTube you should be able to find various versions of these songs so that you can check if they are suitable for your group. All of them are traditional carols. If non are suitable, perhaps let us know which are closest to your needs and we might be able to find you something more appropriate.

    1) Good King Wenceslas
    2) Deck The Halls
    3) Ding Dong Merrily on High
    4) Hark The Herald Angels Sing
    5) It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
    6) Joy To The World
    7) O Christmas Tree
    8) The Holly And The Ivy
    9) The Twelve Days of Christmas
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    Re: An easy song

    Good choices, Eck! I was thinking of Good King Wenceslas and The Twelve Days of Christmas, too. How about Silent Night? And for something contemporary, how about that John Lennon song, Happy Christmas (War Is Over)?

    Some other easy, popular non-carols are Winter Wonderland, White Christmas, and I'll Be Home For Christmas.

    A very happy American song with a lot of repetition is Christmas Time's A-Coming.
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    Re: An easy song

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    ... songs like 'I wish you a merry Christmas' are for pre-schoolers, not for teens.
    On the contrary — it's ideal for all ages.

    (And it's 'We​ wish you a merry Christmas'.)
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    Re: An easy song

    I routinely do '12 Days of Christmas" with my adult ESL class. I introduce the song, go over the lyrics (vocabulary), introduce the tune, and then we practice a few times, before they have to go "caroling" in the other classrooms. All this is done in a single 2-hour class period, although most of them (except for a few repeat students) have never seen the song before class that day. It works well due to all the repetition.

    I find one of the funniest parts to be when the other classes think the song is over, and start clapping after the 5th day, and then get this embarrassed/confused look when my class just steamrollers right over their applause with the next verse. Subsequent days cause more confusion and less certain applause, until they start looking at their teachers for a clue as to whether they should really applaud or not this time.

    After the 12th day, there's usually a good 5 seconds or so of silence before they realize it's truly finished - a delightfully awkward pause where nobody claps, and yet my students are eagerly awaiting some well-deserved applause.

    Just don't get too hung up over some of the archaic vocabulary (I explain 11 lords-a-leaping simply as something like professional dancers, for example).

    Sometimes I also have them do The Hearse Song for Halloween.

    I originally started the Christmas song as a bit of a culture lesson, but I'm not sure what my excuse is for singing at Halloween.
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    Re: An easy song

    Although not a traditional Christmas song, a few of my students liked to sing the 1984 Band Aid charity song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" It has a very catchy chorus.
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