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Songs in the classroom
The use of songs in the language-learning classroom is very helpful at times. There are numerous different ways that well-known or relevant songs as well as original songs and chants created by the teacher can be employed in the classroom. There are many reasons that songs have a valuable role in the language learning process and in the classroom. First, the activity of intentionally listening to songs in the classroom requires and improves comprehension skills. No one would argue that listening is a valuable and difficult skill to master when learning a foreign language. Picking out lyrics from a song requires concentration and provides excellent comprehension practice for the language learner. Teachers can provide lyric sheets to better aid beginner students in following along and identifying words in the song, and can also provide gap-fill lyric sheets to increase the level of comprehension that is being practiced. Activities based around songs in the language being taught are also incredibly valuable due to the amount of new vocabulary and phrases that are able to be picked up by students. It is much easier to listen to a song over and over again than to actively listen to the same set of spoken information being repeated several times. Students are able to remain engaged as active listeners as a song is being repeated, and over time will begin to pick out new words, followed by new phrases and sentences. Probably the most valuable reason for introducing songs into the classroom is the exposure the students receive to native pronunciation and sound patterns. Songs are a window into the heart of a culture and allow students to spend time immersed in the common sounds, rhythms, and pronunciation of a language in a way that they would not normally be able to. Over time, the student learns these patterns and applies it to their own language production. There are many different ways that songs can be introduced into the language-learning classroom. One way is to simply choose a song in the native language and provide listening activities for the students interacting with this song. Gaps fills, as mentioned before, can be valuable tools for encouraging good listening and better comprehension. When selecting such songs for the classroom, several things should be kept in mind. One is the subject matter. Choosing songs that are interesting to the students in a particular class will engage them even more. Popular artists and current events can been taken into account when selecting songs as well. It should also be mentioned that it is useful in some cases for teachers to make up their own songs, rhythms, and chants to help students understand a concept. There are some parts of any language that simply must be memorized by students wishing to advance in their knowledge of it, and songs can greatly aid in this process. Teachers can choose common and well-known melodies and combine them with the language and ideas to be memorized. The days of the week, for example, can be memorized easily by learning this song to the tune of ‘Oh My Darling Clementine.” There are seven days, There are seven days, There are seven days of the week. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Songs have a very valuable place in the language-learning classroom, whether they are pre-recorded popular songs, or original creations of the teacher, and should be considered by language teachers as they make plans to engage their students in the learning process. Sources: http://www.fasterforeignlanguagelearning.com/blog/songs-learning-foreign-language.html http://suite101.com/article/why-use-music-to-learn-language-a42493 http://musicmakessense.blogspot.cz/2008/03/memory-booster-using-music-to-memorize.html

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