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ERIC Number: EJ951327
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1048-3713
Sound and Sight: The Use of Song to Promote Language Learning
Trinick, Robyn Margaret
General Music Today, v25 n2 p5-10 Jan 2012
With the introduction of the New Zealand government's National Standards, there are increasing demands on teachers to provide evidence of student achievement in the areas of numeracy and literacy. As a result, primary school teachers may perceive that there is neither time nor the need for music activities such as singing, which may be viewed purely as entertainment. This perspective may prevent teachers from realizing the potential of song as a valuable tool for literacy learning, particularly during a child's first 4 years of school. This article explores whether purposeful application of song can add a new dimension to existing language programs, offering a meaningful and engaging context for learning. Through an analysis of a range of literature, key elements and principles relating to the affective, sociocultural, cognitive, and linguistic benefits and issues of song for language learning are identified and discussed. Potential ideas for establishing a singing environment are suggested.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand