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ERIC Number: EJ1156699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0951-0893
Songs in the Young Learner Classroom: A Critical Review of Evidence
Davis, Glenn M.
ELT Journal, v71 n4 p445-455 Oct 2017
Songs have been a common feature of young learner classrooms for decades, and numerous publications describe how songs should be employed in order to improve motivation and facilitate the acquisition of various aspects of language, including vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and listening skills. However, empirical research examining the effects of songs as used in young learner classrooms remains scarce. This article reviews nine such studies in order to draw general conclusions and pedagogical implications. Findings indicate that songs may be effective at promoting vocabulary acquisition and improving classroom motivation in young learners; other aspects of language such as pronunciation, general oral proficiency, and receptive skills have received little focus in the empirical literature but the research that does exist also shows promising results.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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