The #1 …. (song)

Number One** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1.

That’s The Way Uh huh, Uh huh, I like it.

I”ve been teaching and hawking the use of songs in education/esl/efl/even hell, for longer than I can even remember (farthest back I does remember is Ostrov nad Labem, 1993, cassette player that ate my tape in the middle of a workshop!).

During all this time, I was constantly confronted with the question to kill all wish of an answer, questions — what’s the best song for the EFL / ESL classroom?

Well I won’t hold you in suspense any longer. I’ve finally arrived at a definitive decision. A song that has stood the test of time, teacher’s incompetencies, student distraction and the comings and goings of various musical genres…. it is without a doubt — That’s the Way I like It by K.C. and the Sunshine Band.

This song has it all. A groove that you can’t forget, young or old. A simple language point – saying “I understand” by Uh Huh, Uh Huh… It also moves your hips! Further, it is suitable for singing in a group. Divide the class into 3 and then rock on! 1) That’s the way 2) Uh huh, uh huh 3) I like it Keep them going in sequence with the swing of your microphone….

This song is the ultimate earworm. You will NEVER get it out of your head. So teachers beware but at least students will have achieved something – a few lasting phrases…..

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Teacher trainer, technology specialist, educational thinker...creator of EFL Classroom 2.0, a social networking site for thousands of EFL / ESL teachers and students around the world.

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