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ERIC Number: ED119455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 23
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The Effect of Music in the Learning and Retention of Lexical Items in German.
Hahn, Sidney Mayfield
The purpose of the study reported in this paper was to investigate the effectiveness of music as a mediation factor in the learning and retention of lexical units in German language sequences. The main question to be considered was whether or not the addition of melody and rhythm would constitute an aid or a hindrance to the Ss in learning the body of a text, as measured by retention of individual items within the sequences originally presented. Thirty-eight subjects, nineteen boys and nineteen girls, were selected from seventh grade beginning German classes in a midwestern junior high school. Two media consisting of four songs and four dialogs were used. Tests for retention of items in the original context were of four types: German-cued recognition, English-cued recognition, uncued recall, and English-cued recall. A German-cued recognition test was used to retest all items in a different context. The results indicate that music is an effective mediating factor in the learning and retention of lexical items in German language sequences, and that boys in particular appear to benefit in learning such materials with addition of the kinesthetic and sensory experiences afforded by listening to and singing songs. (Author/CLK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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