ERIC Number: ED240872
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Use of Song in Class as an Important Stimulus in the Learning of a Language.
Music awakens interest during language learning, and use of song can stimulate students to greater oral participation. Songs are universally enjoyed, break the day's monotony, and make repetition enjoyable. They also allow linguistic exercise in a noncompetitive situation and offer a more authentic linguistic experience than most classroom activities. Although beginning students respond to songs with enthusiasm, intermediate students benefit most because they know basic grammar but are often timid about oral participation. To create strong interest among students, complete analysis of the lyrics must be done and students must be given some background about the song and/or songwriter, with a list of vocabulary words. The use of song is an excellent way to practice Spanish phonetics, and songs can be found using the most troublesome sounds. Repetitive songs using all vowels are good for beginners, while those with more refined syntactic and grammatical structure develop linguistic and cultural sensitivity among more advanced students. A gradual rather than intensive exposure is most effective, introducing a new song about every two weeks. On the first day, students try to decipher the song's meaning. On the second day the lyrics and questions dealing with vocabulary, grammar, and meaning are distributed and discussed before hearing the song once more. Students sing together on the third day, and memorize it by the fourth. The greatest advantage of using song is that it creates a positive feeling for language learning. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Colorado Springs, CO, March 1-3, 1984).