ERIC Number: ED254104
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Songs in the Foreign Language Classroom.
Claerr, Thomas A.; Gargan, Richard
OMLTA Journal, p28-32 1984
With some imagination, songs can be used to teach all aspects of foreign language. The language teacher can take advantage of the cultural content of songs by playing holiday music during the appropriate season; explaining the traditions and history of songs; discussing songs with cultural flavor; presenting a variety of music types; and discussing instruments, harmony, and composition. For use in teaching listening comprehension, songs can be viewed as a type of exaggerated speech, and exercises can be developed for listening practice, including having students fill in the blanks of the text as they listen, write down all words they recognize as they listen, and reconstruct the theme. Activities for highlighting the linguistic aspects of song include using a song that reinforces recently learned grammatical structures or vocabulary; using a song with regionalisms, dialect, or slang; and comparing English and target language translations. Songs have potential for literary analysis, including analysis of rhyme, vocabulary, meter, and constructions; investigation of a particular author or composer; comparison with formal literature; and analysis of literary devices. Communicative activities involving songs include creating a survey based on a song's theme, student descriptions of the action in a song, and discussion of the author's intent or feelings. Finally, a substantial benefit of using songs is that they provide variety in the class routine and are enjoyable and relaxing. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Snyder, Barbara, Ed. Look Out World, Here We Come! See FL 014 904.