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EXPLORATORY PRACTICE: RESEARCHING THE IMPACT OF SONGS ON EFL LEARNERS’ VERBAL MEMORY


Rebecca Coleman, Centre of English World Languages, The University of Kent, UK


Traditionally popular songs have been used as a way of enhancing listening and auditory perception skills and teaching vocabulary, but not necessarily for memory recall. Popular song gap-fills are already commonplace within the EFL (English as a foreign language) field; however, this study found that more attention needs to be given, to the lexical, grammatical and phonological items that learners are instructed to retain. The results of this study suggest that, verbal memory is a vital part of language learning that should be incorporated into popular song gap-fills and that EFL teachers, theorists and textbook authors need to review the way language in popular songs is encoded, stored and retrieved, by incorporating memory strategies, following guidelines on gap-selection, including a phonological aspect and using a recycling activity. In this article traditional and contemporary understandings of verbal memory and popular song are outlined and comprehensively analysed within relevant fields that embrace ELT (English language teaching), Biology, Psycholinguistics, Neurolinguistics and Cognitive Psychology perspectives and discusses their pedagogical implications.

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Some of my MA students doubt the value of songs and games in the EFL classroom ...

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Pool Rhyme Time: Collection of Rhymes and Poems

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Rhymes and poems for very young children; nice for ESL/EFL learners.

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zLyrics: music videos and lyrics

zLyrics: music videos and lyrics | TELT | Scoop.it

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Nik Peachey recommends this site for English learners: an enormous number of artists and songs, read the lyrics and watch the video (or play the audio while looking at the album cover).  Click to see which one I have selected for your edification.

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Learn Songs : Charles Kelly

Charles Kelly has a good list of folk songs, nursery rhymes and campfire songs (Jingle Bells, Twinkle Twinkle, Swanee River) which he has recorded for learners to listen and repeat. 

 

Some also have a pedagogical focus on pronunciation: on Twinkle Twinkle, it's the flap ("soft t") in "little" and palatalisation in "what-you" ("whatchou").

 

The recordings are iPod compatible and you can watch some on YouTube.

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Chaîne de EricHermanMusic - YouTube

Chaîne de EricHermanMusic - YouTube | TELT | Scoop.it

"Eric Herman's award-winning music has been heard nationally on PBS Kids, XM Radio and The Today Show"  Useful resource for young learners.

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Carol Read: The secret of working with children

Carol Read: The secret of working with children | TELT | Scoop.it

British Council workshop in Poland - one hour video.  The first fifteen minutes covers ways to use flashcards, noticing exercises for early grammar, and CLIL, all embedded in activities suitable for 8 year old EFL learners.

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I like the way she tells her audience of EFL teachers to join in not by pretending to be 8 year olds, but as teachers modelling for their young learners.

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