​​Songs for learning English

​​​​​​​​​​​​​ESL Classics 

About the composers:


ESL classics incorporates the classical music of the following composers into its English Lessons:

Johann Sebastian Bach
Ludwig Van Beethoven
Franz Berwald
Jacques Offenbach
Felix Mendelssohn
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
Amilcare Ponchielli 
Johann Strauss II
Guisseppe Verdi
Antonio Vivaldi 
Johann Pachelbel 
Luigi Boccherini 
Juventino Rosas 
Mykola Leontovych 
Georges Bizet 


About the author/ songwriter:


Maureen Stewart has an MA in TESL and Applied Linguistics. She has more than 20 years of experience as a classroom teacher and teacher-trainer in Canada and abroad. Moreover, she is a music enthusiast who believes that motivation is the key to successful language learning.

​​​​​​About ESL Classics:


ESL Classics is a theme and grammar-based series that uses 18 songs to teach English. Each song deals with a different theme and a different aspect of grammar.  New words are presented thematically.  This creates a context in which the words are more meaningful and easier to remember.


Scientific research has shown that retention of material in the long-term memory can be achieved by building connections in different parts of the brain.  ESL Classics helps with visual memory and auditory memory practice activities. You will make associations between what you see in the video and what you hear in the song.


There is also the memory associated with emotions.  It is not unusual for people to forget the details of what happened in any given situation.  However, it is rare that a person will forget how he or she felt in any given situation. In fact, how you feel about learning English at this moment is one of the most important determinants of your success. Motivated learners are willing to dedicate more time to practice activities.  Motivation is the key to successful learning.​​​