Music has unique qualities and a well-chosen song or piece of music can provide language learning benefits from Pre-Primary all the way up to the end of Primary, providing the children with useful language input that can be fun at the same time.
Dr. Tim Murphey of Kanda University in Japan offers inventive ways to teach any language at all levels from young children through university using near peer role modeling (NPRM), song and music, group dynamics, even juggling!
Children naturally learn their first language through songs and word play, and it is every bit as powerful for second language learners. Music nourishes and calms the brain while stimulating areas of development.
"A 21st century skill that all students need badly is the ability to spot misinformation. As educators, we desperately need to do as Loren Collins states in her book, Bullspotting: Finding Facts in the Age of Misinformation. We need to "arm our students with baloney-detecting tools to prevent false and unsupported beliefs so that such beliefs can be better contained." In other words, 21st century educators need to equip our students with "baloney-detection" skills."
An article in today's New York Times titled On YouTube, 'Lyrics Videos' Mark a New Genre highlights an excellent resource for English Language Learners and their teachers — creative music videos that emphasize displaying the lyrics as they are sung.
Music and English learning go seemingly hand-in-hand. All around the world, songs are used to teach language, especially in primary schools. It is fantastic way to keep young children engaged. The problem, however, is that ...
Heres' one of my personal favourites for using song, from the same source, though if I had to pick one idea for exploiting songs (and particularly YouTube video clips) I'd have to say using them as a starting point for writing collaborative stories...
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